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DoD in denial about budget future, experts say

Defense budget watchers say despite abundant evidence to the contrary, the Pentagon appears to believe it will eventually get most of its funding wishes over the coming few years. "Whether [sequestration] stays in place for nine more years is an open question, but it's certainly going to be in place for the foreseeable future," said Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Tags: sequestration , DoD , budget , American Enterprise Institute , Stimson Center , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , Center for Strategic & International Studies , Mackenzie Eaglen , Todd Harrison , Gordon Adams , Clark Murdock ,

Monday - 03/25/2013, 05:15am EDT
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Air Force meets fuel efficiency goal several years early

In 2006, the service aimed to cut its fuel use by 10 percent. By 2012, it had reduced consumption by 12 percent.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Energy , BRAC , sequestration , Jamie Morin , Green government , management ,

Friday - 03/22/2013, 05:54am EDT
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Doubts remain over VA's ability to end huge disability claims backlog

VA officials still insist the 630,000 disability claims waiting to be processed will be eliminated by 2015. But so far, numbers are headed in the wrong direction and House Veterans Affairs Committee members are losing patience.

Tags: VA , VBMS , disability claims backlog , Congress , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jeff Miller , Michael Michaud , Kevin McCarthy , technology , management , Allison Hickey

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 06:31am EDT
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Groups say veteran-owned contracting still broken

Veterans service organizations say despite attempts at improvement, the Department of Veterans Affairs' verification process for veteran-owned small businesses is still barring legitimate firms from contracts with the department, while doing little to deter actual fraud.

Tags: VA , Congress , acquisition , acquisition policy , SDVOSB , veterans , Service-disabled veteran owned small business , Joe Wynn , Davy Leghorn , Mark Goldschmitt , Center for Veterans Enterprise ,

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 03:06pm EDT
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DoD furloughs to begin April 26, with almost no exceptions

The Pentagon will send furlough notices to civilian employees in the next two weeks. Defense components would not be spared from furloughs, regardless of any other efforts they take to offset sequestration.

Tags: DoD , budget , sequestration , Robert Hale , Susan Yarwood , workforce , furloughs

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 05:22am EDT
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Air Force looks to reboot civilian cyber workforce

Officials aim to redefine operational series codes for civilian cybersecurity workers and offer more pay for additional expertise. The Air Force would like to create an elite cadre of civilian cyber warriors.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , workforce , cybersecurity , National Initiative for Cyber Education , Earl Matthews , technology , AFCEA

Monday - 03/18/2013, 05:11am EDT
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Pentagon applying lessons from past ERP failures

DoD said it is tightening-up governance over its large business IT systems, looking for indicators of future failure and forcing resource sponsors to justify their needs before projects begin. Elizabeth McGrath, DoD's deputy chief management officer, told House lawmakers the Pentagon is working on data quality and changing business processes to avoid previous problems.

Tags: DoD , ERP , Congress , ECSS , Air Force , Elizabeth McGrath , John McCain , House Armed Services Committee , technology , VA , health IT

Friday - 03/15/2013, 09:09am EDT
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DoD puts 1 million users in its cloud email system

The Army expects to mostly finish the migration to enterprise email by the end of this month. The Air Force and the Navy begin pilot tests using the cloud applications.

Tags: DoD , technology , enterprise email , DISA , Army , Microsoft , Alfred Rivera , John Hale , cloud computing , Navy , Air Force

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 06:01am EDT
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Sequestration forcing DoD's acquisition programs into 'damage limitation' mode

The Pentagon's acquisition chief said he's planning day-to-day, not year-to-year because of sequestration's indiscriminate cuts and political uncertainty over DoD's budget. In 2014, there will be more opportunities to prioritize, but spending reductions also will lead to cancellation of contracts and downsizing of the military and civilian workforce.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , sequestration , Ashton Carter , Frank Kendall , McAleese & Associates , Credit Suisse , industry , budget

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 05:46am EDT
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Army promises improvements in evaluation of soldiers with PTSD

Internal review finds no systemic issues with regard to the misdiagnosis of post-traumatic stress among soldiers, but it makes dozens of recommendations for improving the disability evaluation system.

Tags: DoD , Army , PTSD , John McHugh , IDES , Patty Murray , Patricia Horoho ,

Monday - 03/11/2013, 06:05am EDT
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