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Joe Petrillo, Procurement Attorney, Petrillo & Powell

A major war contractor is expecting a $45 million check from the U.S. government. A military appeals board has sided with Kellogg Brown & Root in its quest to get the government to reimburse it for security in Iraq. KBR paid out of its own pocket for private guards to protect convoys carrying supplies to the U.S. military. Procurement Attorney Joe Petrillo joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to take a closer look at the five-year battle in this week's Legal Loop.

Tags: Joe Petrillo , industry , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 07:35am EDT
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Senate report: Billions of dollars at risk from shaky Pentagon IT programs

A new bipartisan report from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations called the Air Force's now-canceled Expeditionary Combat Support System "one of the most egregious examples of mismanagement by the DoD in recent memory." But the failure of ECSS may not be an aberration, the report suggested. Other enterprise-resource planning programs in the department are at risk of falling victim to the same fate.

Tags: Senate , technology , Air Force , John McCain , Jack Moore , Carol Cha , acquisition

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 08:27am EDT

Committee outlines drastic changes to military as it works toward pay and benefits recommendations

A specially-formed commission tasked with modernizing military compensation released an interim report in anticipation of its full recommendations due in February. The document reviews massive changes that have occurred since the military switched to an all-volunteer force in 1973.

Tags: military compensation , pay and benefits , Dan Goure , Dena Levitz , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 05:18pm EDT

Federal travel restrictions are costing money and harming security

The restrictions on feds' travel opportunities are having too many unintended consequences, says Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners.

Tags: Larry Allen , Allen Federal Business Partners , travel restrictions , travel , technology , research and development

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 02:41am EDT

DoD needs to be open to global, commercial technology, expert says

Former Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn says the Pentagon needs to adjust its strategy to take advantage of the global and commercial technology markets.

Tags: Bill Lynn , DRS Technologies , Finmeccanica North America , acquistion , technology , globalization , Atlantic Council , industry , contracting , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 04:35pm EDT
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With budget cuts looming, officials struggle to make case to maintain large Army

Among ten topics the Army's new undersecretary says he's pondering: the service's seeming inability to convince policymakers of the need to keep a standing active duty force of about the size the nation has today, even during budget cuts.

Tags: Army , budget , sequestration , Brad Carson , Jared Serbu

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:00am EDT
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Chemical weapons destruction underway

The Pentagon says the transfer of Syrian chemicals from the Danish container ship Ark Futura to the Motor Vessel Cape Ray is complete. Cape Ray departed the Italian port of Gioia Tauro on Monday for international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, where neutralization operations will soon begin. The neutralization process should take several weeks to complete. Secretary Hagel expressed his thanks to Danish and Italian authorities for their support in this process and said in a statement he "is enormously proud of everyone who helped make possible this safe and incident-free transfer."

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , JJ Green , Chuck Hagel , chemical weapons , Syria , Italy , Denmark

Tuesday - 07/08/2014, 08:41am EDT

Air Force engineers develop lifesaving, IED-detecting technology

Sean C. Young and Benjamin J. Tran, two electronics engineers with the Air Force Research Lab created an aerial sensor that has helped U.S. service members to find and destroy dangerous improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan.

Tags: Sean Young , Benjamin Tran , Air Force , Air Force Research Laboratory , technology , IEDs , Afghanistan , drones , Sammies , Service to America Medals , people

Monday - 07/07/2014, 01:45pm EDT

Army issues 'worst-case' scenarios for reductions

Army bases and surrounding communities across the country would lose up to 80 percent of their military and civilian workforces if maximum cuts in both budget and force size go into effect at the end of the decade, according to worst-case scenario projections.

Tags: Army , budget

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 04:51pm EDT

New ‘hallways' lead to strategic sourcing expansion

Under the Obama administration's strategic sourcing cross-agency priority goal, new commodity managers will oversee "hallways" for information technology, administration and human resources across government. The hope is that the managers and their teams of experts will be able to offer guidance and best practices to agencies when it comes to strategic sourcing.

Tags: strategic sourcing , acquisition , technology , OMB , GSA , GAO , SBA , Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council , OS3 , Stephanie Wasko , cross-agency goals

Thursday - 07/03/2014, 05:54pm EDT
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