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Sequestration, budget cuts taking their toll on DoD financial managers

DoD's senior executives with responsibility for budget matters report a sudden decline in job satisfaction. No surprise: sequestration's mostly to blame.

Tags: DoD , management , sequestration , American Society of Military Comptrollers , Lou Crenshaw , Grant Thornton , workforce , financial management , auditability ,

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 05:50am EDT

VA 'surge' closes out 97 percent of oldest disability claims

The Veterans Affairs Department made it a top priority earlier this year to handle all disability claims from veterans who've been waiting two years or longer. The department mostly succeeded in its two-month surge operation, but serious questions linger about the sustainability of the backlog elimination effort.

Tags: Thomas Murphy , Eric Shinseki , Peter Gaytan , Anthony Principi , Jeff Miller , management , claims backlog , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Concerned Veterans for America , American Legion

Friday - 06/21/2013, 05:30am EDT
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Federal Drive Show Blog - June 20, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Bob Luby , Kathleen Williams , Michael Farber , Federal Drive

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 12:58pm EDT

Sequestration, budget cuts taking their toll on DoD financial managers

DoD's senior executives with responsibility for budget matters report a sudden decline in job satisfaction. No surprise: sequestration's mostly to blame.

Tags: DoD , management , sequestration , American Society of Military Comptrollers , Lou Crenshaw , Grant Thornton , workforce , financial management , auditability ,

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 06:54am EDT

Report examines future trends in global defense spending

Jack Midgely, a director at Deloitte firm and the lead author of a new report on defense spending, is Jared Serbu's guest for this week's edition of On DoD.

Tags: DoD , On DoD , Deloitte , Global Defense Outlook , defense spending

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 06:15pm EDT
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As VA works to eliminate one backlog, one more might emerge

Under intense congressional and media pressure, VA has moved aggressively to eliminate its backlog of new claims for disability benefits. But veterans who appeal VA's decisions are still waiting years, on average.

Tags: VA , Veterans Affairs , Congress , disability claims backlog , Board of Veterans Appeals , House Veterans Affairs Committee

Wednesday - 06/19/2013, 10:06am EDT
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Navy strikes enterprise licensing deal with Oracle

Navy department's second large enterprise licensing agreement will save an estimated $60 million over five years. Navy and Marine Corps components are required to use it for all of the Oracle database products it covers.

Tags: DoD , technology , Navy , Oracle , Enterprise software licensing , Terry Halvorsen ,

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 04:42pm EDT

DoD maintains BRAC fight, despite opposition from Congress

Amid nearly unanimous congressional opposition, the Defense Department says it needs to stop operating military facilities it no longer wants or needs.

Tags: DoD , BRAC , Congress , Robert Hale , Katherine Hammack , Kathleen Ferguson , managment , Senate Armed Services Committee , House Armed Services Committee

Friday - 06/14/2013, 06:09am EDT
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Industry driving development of first-ever critical infrastructure cyber framework

NIST, charged with developing the nation's first-ever cybersecurity baseline for critical infrastructure, says its job is to provide technical assistance to companies, but industry itself must lead the way. Gen. Keith Alexander said NSA will review the use of contractors.

Tags: cybersecurity , Congress , NIST , cybersecurity framework , critical infrastructure , Patrick Gallagher , Keith Alexander , U.S. Cyber Command , industry , Senate Appropriations Committee

Thursday - 06/13/2013, 05:27am EDT
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Iraq, Afghanistan wars revolutionizing civilian health-care

Dr. Jonathan Woodson, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, says the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are still teaching lessons to the civilian health-care community. Woodson joins Jared Serbu for the full hour on this week's edition of On DoD to discuss the evolution of military medicine.

Tags: On DoD , DoD , Jonathan Woodson

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 01:40pm EDT
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