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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Pentagon goes its own way on GSA schedules; VA still thinks its electronic health record can meet DoD's needs

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tags: DoD , GSA , FAR , contracting , Acquisition policy , Federal Supply Schedules , Roger Waldron , Alan Chvotkin , Eric Shinseki , Jonathan Woodson , Veterans Affairs , Wendy Masiello , Inside the DoD Reporter

Friday - 04/04/2014, 03:59am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department has just made a pretty significant change to the way it's going to buy products and services from GSA's schedules program. Instead of relying on GSA's determination that the government's already getting a good deal from the vendors in the program, the new rules appear to require DoD's own contracting officers to do the same thing. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu was a guest on In Depth with Francis Rose. to talk about that change.

Tags: DoD , In Depth , contracting , GSA

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 03:41pm EDT
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For health care savings, DoD pursues use of ‘incentives'

The Pentagon's current proposals for wringing savings out of its health care system involve additional fees for beneficiaries, but also try to induce them to use less-costly treatment options.

Tags: DoD , Congress , TRICARE , healthcare , Jonathan Woodson , Thomas Travis , Matthew Nathan ,

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 01:05pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

After trying and failing for the past several years to get Congress to raise health care premiums for military retirees, the Defense Department says it focuses its current plan on creating the right incentives for the people its health plan covers. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, DoD thinks it can discourage the most expensive care options and still provide top-notch health care.

Tags: In Depth

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:59pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it's reached a tipping point in its ongoing effort to eliminate its backlog of disability claims. The department says the backlog is 40 percent smaller than it was a year ago. But VA observers say there are several problems with the way VA is measuring success. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: In Depth

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:53pm EDT
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VA's disability claims backlog down by 44 percent, but problems remain

The Department of Veterans Affairs believes it is on track to end its disability claims backlog by 2015. It's an uphill fight, considering that more than half of its claims have been waiting for at least four months, and appeals take an average of more than two years.

Tags: DoD , Department of Veterans Affairs , disability claims backlog , Eric Shinseki , American Legion , Zachary Hearn , House Appropriations Committee , management , Veterans Benefit Management System ,

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:53am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Army says its early analyses of its excess base infrastructure show it's spending at least a half billion dollars per year on facilities it no longer needs. And as Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, that figure is very likely to climb as the Army gets smaller in the coming years.

Tags: In Depth

Friday - 03/28/2014, 06:07pm EDT
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Army spends $500 million per year on vacant facilities

The Army is the first service to begin an analysis of its excess real estate after a Congressional prohibition against even studying the subject expired. Early results show up to a quarter of its stateside infrastructure isn't being used right now, and the Army will need even less as it shrinks in size.

Tags: DoD , Congress , BRAC , Army , John McHugh , John Campbell , workforce

Monday - 03/31/2014, 04:01am EDT
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On DoD: Reshaping the Army Corps of Engineers

Lt. Gen Thomas Bostick, the Army Corps of Engineers' commanding general, talks about changes coming to the Corps as a result of the military and budget draw downs.

Tags: On DoD , Thomas Bostick , DoD , Army , Army Corps of Engineers

Friday - 03/28/2014, 12:58pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

As if there weren't enough uncertainty in the Pentagon's budget future, officials are wrestling with another looming threat: When the war in Afghanistan formally ends, there's no guarantee DoD will hold onto the overseas contingency account that's funded that operation since 2001. Federal News Radio's DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports, military leaders say losing those funds would create a huge problem.

Tags: In Depth , Federal Drive

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 05:51pm EDT
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