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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The VA patient scheduling scandal that began in Phoenix has expanded to an investigation that spans nearly 100 separate facilities. As the department's Inspector General works through the hundreds of complaints it's received about scheduling, it's becoming increasingly clear that the off-the-books scheduling practices were a pervasive, nationwide phenomenon. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 04:54pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Bob McDonald, new secretary of Veterans Affairs, says the biggest thing he's learned over his first seven weeks on the job is that the organization he leads is too hierarchical and too insular. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports McDonald is promising to build a "flatter" VA that encourages constructive dissent. Read Jared's related article.

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Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:47pm EDT
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New VA secretary promises flatter, more open organization

Robert McDonald, the new secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, says the biggest thing he's learned over his first seven weeks on the job is that the organization he leads is too hierarchical and too insular. He's promising to build a "flatter" VA that encourages dissent.

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Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 03:56am EDT
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DoD targets service contracts, small procurements to boost competition rate

The Pentagon issued a handful of directives in August designed to reverse the trend in its contract competition rate, which has slipped from 64 percent in 2008 to 56.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014. A preliminary analysis shows most of the opportunity for improvement is in service contracting.

Tags: DoD , contracting , acquisition , Frank Kendall , Dick Ginman , service contracting ,

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:46am EDT

DHA plans ‘gates' to qualify vendors for $20 bil IDIQ contract

The Defense Health Agency is conducting market research in advance of a planned RFP for a 10-year, $20 billion IT services and support contract. It's possible that vendors will be added to the contract without a formal source selection process.

Tags: DoD , Defense Health Agency , acquisition , contracting , strategic sourcing , Scott Svabek ,

Friday - 09/05/2014, 11:36am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Health Agency is nearing its one year anniversary. Its officials say they're serious about finding the savings they promised through the reorganization of DoD's healthcare activities. One way they hope to save money is through more strategic sourcing. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, that includes a new multiple award contract for IT services. Read Jared's related story.

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Friday - 09/05/2014, 07:22am EDT
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DoD says it must deal with its shrinking technology advantage

The U.S. and its allies have dominated the military technology landscape for decades, but the Defense Department now sees potential adversaries in its rearview mirror. The Pentagon is coming up with some coping strategies to maintain its technological advantage, including version 3 of Better Buying Power.

Tags: DoD , technology , research and development , acquisition , Chuck Hagel , Frank Kendall ,

Thursday - 09/04/2014, 04:13am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department is rolling out a series of initiatives that it says will respond to a problem its leaders have been worried about for years. The U.S. military still has the best technology in the world, but that advantage is shrinking fast. It's got DoD leaders alarmed. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 09/04/2014, 06:43am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As the Defense Department's overall budget continues to decline, most of the military's mission areas are seeing proportional cuts, with a few exceptions. For one, DoD has made clear it intends to put a premium on cyber offense and defense. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports the National Guard is looking to capitalize on that area of budget growth and thinks it has a good case to make. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 05:00pm EDT
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National Guard carves out its slice of DoD cyber mission, wants teams in every state

Both the Army and Air National Guard say they are making inroads toward gaining a foothold for their state-based forces in the Defense Department's growing mission sets in cyberspace. Both services say they are training more personnel and building the guard's credibility within the Pentagon when it comes to cyber missions.

Tags: DoD , National Guard , cybersecurity , Army , Air Force , Frank Grass , Judy Lyons , Mark Welsh , Stanley Clarke ,

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 04:32am EDT
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