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Pentagon IG details 'multiple forms of misconduct' by AFRICOM general

First Africa Command leader misused his authority and government funds, DoD inspector general finds. The review recommends the Army take "appropriate action" against Gen. William Ward.

Tags: DoD , Army , William Ward , inspector general , U.S. Africa Command , waste fraud abuse , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Friday - 08/17/2012, 04:01pm EDT

In Depth interviews - August 14

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Tom Shoop , Don Kettl , Catherine Lotrionte , Christopher Flavelle , Senate confirmation , cybersecurity , budget , Michael Flynn , DoD

Tuesday - 08/14/2012, 03:17pm EDT

DoD IG finds audits at DISA fall short of government standards

A review of audit practices at the military's IT agency finds significant deficiencies in meeting governmentwide "yellow book" auditing standards. DISA agreed with the inspector general's findings and laid out four steps toward improvement.

Tags: DoD , DISA , financial management , inspector general , Kristopher Miltner , yellow book , oversight , management , DoD Report

Monday - 08/13/2012, 05:39am EDT

Army releases $7B solicitation for renewable energy on bases

Army says 130 companies have expressed interest in building renewable facilities on military installations so far. Winners will be picked by the end of the year.

Tags: DoD , Army , Army Corps of Engineers , Energy , renewable energy , contracting , industry , Power purchase agreements , Energy initiatives task force , Katherine Hammack , Thomas Bostick ,

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 05:23am EDT
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'Crisis of confidence' as USPS posts $5.2 billion quarterly loss

The Postal Service lost $5.2 billion in the third quarter of this year, bringing its year-to-date tally of red ink to $11.6 billion for the first nine months of 2012. The USPS chief financial officer said the organization's liquid assets are running perilously low. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe faults an "inflexible" business model and urged action by Congress.

Tags: USPS , pensions , retirement , pay and benefits , Patrick Donahoe , Steven Masse , Thurgood Marshall, Jr. ,

Friday - 08/10/2012, 05:36am EDT
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Panetta throws in the towel on 2013 base closures

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says it's now clear another round of BRAC isn't in the cards in the immediate future, but maintains it will be necessary to keep a "balanced force."

Tags: DoD , Congress , BRAC , Leon Panetta , Office of Economic Adjustment

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 05:17am EDT
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Encrypted laptops ease VA's concerns about data breaches

Department says 99 percent of laptops now are encrypted. Of the 21 laptops reported stolen or missing in the last two months, all were secured with security software.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , technology , cybersecurity , Roger Baker , data breaches , encryption ,

Friday - 08/03/2012, 05:17am EDT
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OMB, DoD remain mum on sequestration's impact on specific programs

Agencies should not change their spending plans for this year or next, but need to start assessing which programs would be impacted by automatic sequestration cuts if Congress doesn't cancel them, OMB acting Director Jeff Zients told Congress Wednesday.

Tags: Congress , OMB , budget , sequestration , Jeffrey Zients , Ashton Carter , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Budget Control Act , DoD

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 06:09am EDT
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Vets navigate bumpy road in military-to-civilian transition

This edition of On DoD focuses mostly on one bump in the road in the military-to-civilian career transition: the higher education step. When it comes to paying for college, Congress has solved that problem, at least in theory. The relatively generous Post-9/11 GI bill gives recent veterans essentially a full ride scholarship for an undergraduate degree paying their tuition up to the rate of the most expensive public university in a veteran's home state.

Tags: On DoD , DoD , veterans , veteran employment , Gunnar Counselman , Fidelis

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 03:24pm EDT
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Military branches refine cyber roles

Two years after U.S. Cyber Command became operational, the military services that provide its cyber forces are beginning to more tightly define their respective responsibilities in the joint cyber environment. Gen. Keith Alexander issued a memo recently giving each of the services a lead cyber role for specific geographic areas of the world.

Tags: DoD , Congress , cybersecurity , Cyber Command , Keith Alexander , Army , Navy , Air Force , Marine Corps , Rhett Hernandez , Suzanne Vautrinot , Michael Rogers , Mac Thornberry ,

Monday - 07/30/2012, 05:21am EDT
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