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Lawmakers mull new cyber powers for FERC

The House is preparing to once again take up legislation that would grant the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission new authority to order private electrical grid operators to take emergency action in the event of a cyber attack or a new vulnerability. The power would extend to bulk electric systems and parts of the grid that supply electricity to Defense infrastructure that is critical to national security.

Tags: Congress , technology , cybersecurity , critical infrastructure , FERC , National Electric Reliability Corporation , White House , Energy and Commerce Committee , Paul Stockton , Joseph McClelland , Franklin Kramer , Stuxnet , Barry Lawson , National Rural Electric Cooperative Association , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 06/01/2011, 07:07am EDT
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VA, DoD to test initial joint e-health record in July

Agency officials will meet in June to approve the rollout of the first piece of an integrated and interoperable electronic health record for soldiers and veterans. VA and DoD also are creating a centralized database that will be located in DISA's data centers.

Tags: technology , Peter Levin , Roger Baker , VA , electronic health record , VistA , AHLTA , data sharing , health IT , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 07:04pm EDT
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Cyber attacks could justify military force

A cyber attack from another country could constitute an act of war and warrant military action, according to a Pentagon document.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Wall Street Journal

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 01:38pm EDT

DoD, VA choose e-health GUI

The Defense Department and Veteran's Affairs have chosen its "mainline" interface for their joint e-health record.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , VA , e-health , GUI , technology

Tuesday - 05/31/2011, 10:40am EDT

Defense bill nudges toward outsourcing

Several outsourcing-friendly provisions made their way into the Defense authorization bill approved by the House of Representatives last week. The bill would lift a moratorium on public-private competitions via the A-76 process in DoD, and expresses the sense of Congress that DoD should insource only those jobs which are inherently governmental.

Tags: contracting , industry , OMB , inherently governmental , insourcing , outsourcing , A-76 , competition , Lexington Institute , Center for Strategic and International Studies , Defense Logistics Agency , Carlyle Group , Frank Finelli , David Berteau , John Conger , Redding Hobby , Dan Goure , Jared Serbu

Monday - 05/30/2011, 11:14am EDT
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Military plays rare game of musical chairs

President Barack Obama announced Monday his intention to nominate Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the next Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman. Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Rudy DeLeon talks with Federal News Radio.

Tags: Rudy deLeon , appointments , Mike Mullen , Martin Dempsey , In Depth , James Winnefeld , people , management

Friday - 05/27/2011, 03:47pm EDT
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How DoD develops joint requirements

John Pendleton is Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at GAO.

Tags: John Pendleton , GAO , In Depth , management , joint requirements

Friday - 05/27/2011, 03:36pm EDT
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Raytheon wins $21M Air Force contract for combat ID system

The system is to identify other combat units and prevent fratricide.

Tags: Raytheon , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Network Centric Systems Integrated Communications , Federal Drive , Air Force

Friday - 05/27/2011, 12:40pm EDT

CIOs cite struggles with agile development

Agency chief information officers say the road to more agile acquisition and development of information technology has some speed bumps, including misaligned budgetary and acquisition cycles, and industry partners who are just as accustomed to the old way of doing things as the government is.

Tags: technology , industry , management , Vivek Kundra , OMB , IT management reforms , agile development , AFCEA , CBP , VA , Kenneth Ritchhart , Stephen Warren , Teri Takai , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/27/2011, 08:09am EDT
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House defense bill passes with slight pay, TRICARE increases

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 passed the House on a 322-96 vote. The bill determines defense spending levels and policy.

Tags: National Defense Authorization Act , Buck McKeon , House Armed Services Committee , budget , Congress , pay and benefits , TRICARE

Thursday - 05/26/2011, 05:51pm EDT
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