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Platts calls for more controls over improper payments

The chairman of the subcommittee on federal financial management said legislation may be needed to ensure agency accounting procedures are focusing on stopping improper payments. He said progress across the government is good, but more tools are necessary. OMB is testing the Do Not Pay List and plans to launch the full portal in 2012.

Tags: management , Todd Platts , Danny Werfel , OMB , Oversight and Government Reform Committee , SSA , CMS , VA , DHS , improper payments , Do Not Pay List , Recovery audits , internal controls , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:25am EDT
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Will $400B in cuts change DoD's role?

James Carafano, director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, discusses the possible DoD cuts.

Tags: James Carafano , Heritage Foundation , budget , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 06:54pm EDT
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Russian authorities seeking to control email

Russia's FSB, the equivalent to the FBI is trying to get access to encrypted communication providers like Skype, Gmail and Hotmail. Reuters is reporting, "the agency says the uncontrolled use of such services could threaten national security." Alexander Andreyechkin, head of the FSB says, "the uncontrolled use of these services could lead to a large-scale threat to Russian security." Critics say what he really wants to do is limit access to the internet ahead of the 2012 elections.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , defense

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 05:25pm EDT

Israelies show their cards

Israel has rolled out it secret weapon. In the face of renewed shelling from Gaza, The military unveiled something they call the Iron Dome yesterday. It's a missile shield. The device intercepted two rockets in its first deployment. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement while visiting Prague. The Iron Dome fires radar-guided missiles from a truck-sized launcher and which tracks and blows up incoming rockets in mid-air.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , defense

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 05:10pm EDT

The Associated Press reports

The Associated Press reports: "Defense Secretary Robert Gates tried to smooth the worst rift in years with Arab ally and oil producer Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, reassuring the Saudi king that the U.S. remains a steady friend despite support for pro-democracy revolutions in the Middle East. The Saudi king, looking thin after months of medical treatment in the United States and elsewhere, welcomed Gates for what the Pentagon chief later said was a cordial and warm visit."

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , defense

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 05:09pm EDT

Would shutdown cut off military pay?

So if there were a government shutdown, how would me and women in uniform be paid? Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said late yesterday the leadership hadn't figured that out yet. There are 146,000 service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says the Pentagon would continue key national security responsibilities including fighting the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and continuing operations in Libya and earthquake assistance to Japan.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , defense

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 05:06pm EDT

Intifada Report under investigation

Reports about a Third Intifada being organized against Israel apparently were bogus. "They investigated that Facebook page and they couldn't trace it back to any Palestinian individual or organization," says Maen Areikat, Representative for the Palestinian Liberation Organization. "It's really interesting to know who is behind it," says Areikat. As far as any future Palestinian protests go, he says any future protests, "continue to be peaceful and not resort to violence."

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , defense

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 05:06pm EDT

Emergency declared in Abidjan

Alassane Ouattara's, President in waiting in the Ivory Coast has declared an overnight curfew in the main city of Abidjan from now until Sunday. A Ouattara spokesman says the curfew was needed "for security reasons" and would run from nine o'clock in the evening through to six o'clock in the morning each day. Ouattara is locked in a bitter dispute over the Presidency in that war-torn country with incumbent Laurent Bagbo. Ouattara won the election but has not been able to assume the office.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , J.J. Green , defense

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 05:05pm EDT

CR could provide some BRAC traffic relief

The six-month continuing resolution Congress passed earlier this month was mostly about cuts, but it also included several hundred million dollars in new spending pushed through by the Maryland and Virginia congressional delegations. That money will pay to help solve some of the huge traffic problems this year's military personnel moves are expected to create around the DC area.

Tags: Congress , BRAC , Transportation , Fort Belvoir , Bethesda National Naval Medical Center , Jim Moran , Barbara Mikulski , Ben Cardin , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 07:52am EDT
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DISA cuts ribbon on new headquarters

The Defense Information Systems Agency celebrated the ceremonial opening of its new 95-acre headquarters campus on Friday. Less than half of the 4,600 employees already work at its new headquarters at Fort Meade, Md. The agency expects the rest of its staff to move there from several northern Virginia locations by late August.

Tags: BRAC , DISA , Fort Meade , Carroll Pollett , Barbara Mikulski , NSA , U.S. Cyber Command , David Bullock , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Monday - 04/18/2011, 06:58am EDT
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