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Bill takes federal plain language requirements a step further

Agencies already are under the gun to put their public communications into plain language. A congressman behind the original effort now wants to get rid of government jargon in federal regulations.

Tags: Congress , OMB , open government , Plain Language Act , OIRA , Cass Sunstein , management , Bruce Braley , regulations , rulemaking ,

Thursday - 01/19/2012, 05:17am EST
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DISA pushes efficiency, security virtues of DoD private cloud

DoD dollars are coming down, and cyber threats are rising. The Defense Information Systems Agency says the enterprise services it's trying to build for the entire military are one answer to both problems.

Tags: DISA , cloud computing , technology , enterprise IT , enterprise email , Mark Orndorff , Tony Montemarano , Alfred Rivera , David Mihelcic , cybersecurity , AFCEA , DoD

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 05:24am EST
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DoD approves first-ever Android devices

The Defense Information Systems Agency has granted approval for Android-based mobile devices to connect to DoD networks, provided they're secured using a specific set of guidelines

Tags: DoD , technology , cybersecurity , Dell , Good Technology , Android , Google , Apple , iOS , smartphones , mobile , Chris Roberts , DISA , STIG ,

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 06:22pm EST
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DoD budget guidance aims for leaner, more agile military

The President and the Pentagon gave the rough outlines Thursday for how they plan to create a lean, but still effective military. Ground forces will shrink, capabilities in cyber, ISR, technology will grow.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , Budget Control Act , sequestration , Barack Obama , Leon Panetta , Martin Dempsey , Ashton Carter , Buck McKeon , Steny Hoyer , Congress , cybersecurity , ISR ,

Friday - 01/06/2012, 05:21am EST
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Behind Goldwater-Nichols with author Jim Locher

In this edition of On DoD, we take a look back at one of the key events that made the military we have today what it is. 2011 was the 25th anniversary of the Goldwater-Nichols act. We marked the anniversary on Federal News Radio with a special series on how the major Defense reorganization made its way through Congress, and how lawmakers dragged the Pentagon, largely against its will, into a culture of jointness.

Tags: Jim Locher , Goldwater Nichols , DoD , On DoD ,

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 12:26pm EST
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Pentagon adds one more chair in Joint Chiefs' 'Tank'

As the result of a successful effort to add the chairman of the National Guard Bureau to the membership of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Craig R. McKinley, the Guard's top officer, becomes the seventh member on the panel.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Joint Chiefs of Staff , Craig McKinley , James Winnefeld , Gus Hargett ,

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 05:11am EST
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Army's new PEO-EIS wants to engage with industry sooner

The Army's newly-appointed program executive officer for enterprise information systems wants shorter RFPs but more industry engagement and an holistic view of program capabilities

Tags: DoD , Army , PEO-EIS , Douglas Wiltsie , acquisition , contracting , industry , GFEBS , DCGS-A ,

Wednesday - 12/28/2011, 05:10am EST
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Army works to build and maintain intel capabilities in cloud

The Army says it's learned a lot about how to put intelligence capabilities directly into the hands of soldiers. The next challenge is to maintain the momentum for development of those capabilities once troops are out of combat.

Tags: Army , intelligence , DoD , Mary Lynn Schnurr , cloud computing , DCGS-A , DI2E ,

Monday - 12/26/2011, 07:41pm EST
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PTO ends one fast-track approval program, extends another

As it prepares to implement the changes enacted by a sweeping patent reform bill, the Patent and Trademark Office is ending one of the temporary fast-track programs it created to clear out its backlog of patent applications. Another is being extended.

Tags: USPTO , patent reform , Terry Rae , workforce , green technology ,

Friday - 12/23/2011, 05:29am EST
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Federal buildings, old and new, go green

Treasury's building, DoD's Mark Center both get LEED Gold certification. Treasury expects to save $3.5 million by improving how the structures uses energy. DoD expects its new building to use 45 percent less water.

Tags: DoD , Treasury , green government , LEED , Energy , Dan Tangherlini , Joanne Hensley , Amy Boyce , U.S. Green Building Council , energy efficiency , BRAC , Mark Center

Thursday - 12/22/2011, 05:26am EST
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