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CR means shorter lead times for Navy moves

The Navy is alerting servicemembers that operating under continuing resolution funding levels in its manpower and personnel accounts will lead to orders to new duty stations on much shorter notice.

Tags: Navy , DoD budget , continuing resolution , permanent change of station , navy personnel command , Robert Weitzman , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/23/2011, 07:12am EST
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10 years later, CAC is securely part of DoD

The military issued its first secure identity card just about 10 years ago and now it's a part of the department's culture. The Pentagon is looking at how to expand the use of the Common Access Card to include transit benefits and electronic purse capabilities. The card, however, almost didn't get past the first pilot.

Tags: technology , Mike Butler , Defense Manpower Data Center , secure identity card , HSPD-12 , Common Access Card , identity management , PKI , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/23/2011, 07:06am EST
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DoD wants vendor input on unnecessary costs

The Defense Department's procurement chief is asking contractors to submit comments on acquisition practices that increase costs but do not add value to DoD purchases. The request is part of DoD's "Better Buying Initiative."

Tags: industry , contracting , Ashton Carter , efficiency initiative , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 02/22/2011, 04:55pm EST

JFCOM contractors await closure details

Leaders of the Joint Forces Command in Virginia are planning to meet with contractors this week discuss what the command's closure will mean for their businesses. If all goes according to plan, the lights will be turned out at JFCOM for the final time in a little more than a year.

Tags: JFCOM , contracting , industry , Robert Gates , Ray Odierno , DoD budget , Kaufman and Canoles , Federal Capture Consulting , Terry Murphy , Butch Bondoc , Scott Rigell , Jared Serbu

Tuesday - 02/22/2011, 07:53am EST
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USPS, DHS, DoD contribute to 'dire' finances

Last week the International Monetary Fund cautioned the government on spending. So how bad are federal finances? We ask GAO's Jeanette Franzel

Tags: Federal Drive , GAO , High Risk list , AGA , Jeanette Franzel , USPS , DHS , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 02/21/2011, 10:08am EST
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Stop Loss deadline set for March 4th

People whose military service was involuntarily extended or whose retirement was suspended between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, have until March 4 to file for retroactive payments of $500 for each month of their extended service under the "Stop Loss" policy.

Tags: Federal Drive , Stop Loss Pay , DoD Report , defense , pay and benefits

Monday - 02/21/2011, 08:40am EST

DoD on path to obtain clean books by 2017

The Defense Department's deputy chief financial officer said Friday that the department believes it will achieve the 2017 deadline to produce auditable financial statements. DoD is approaching the problem in way that makes clear that clean books are not only the responsibility of its accountants, he said.

Tags: management , financial management , DoD budget , audit readiness , consolidated financial statements , GAO , Mark Easton , Gene Dodaro , AGA , Jared Serbu , DoD Report

Monday - 02/21/2011, 07:18am EST
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U.S. forces stand ready in Mediterranean

Is the U.S. considering movement of forces in the Middle East to respond to Iran's plans to send two warship through the Suez Canal? A spokesman for Secretary Defense Robert Gates says, "we do not discuss the future movement of forces. We do have numerous assets in the region that are prepared to respond to contingencies if necessary." An Israeli official described the Iranian announcement as a public relations stunt.

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

Friday - 02/18/2011, 11:07am EST

Where will Bin Laden go?

CIA Director Leon Panetta told senators yesterday if the U.S. captures top al-Qaida leaders Osama Bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri, they would likely be sent to the Guantanamo Bay military prison. What does that say about President Obama's plan to close Gitmo? White House press secretary Jay Carney said the president remains committed to closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Carney would not speculate on what would happen in the unlikely event Osama Bin Laden were captured alive.

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

Friday - 02/18/2011, 11:07am EST
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