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Coast Guard, GAO at odds over health of acquisition programs

The Government Accountability Office found the Coast Guard cannot meet its most recent acquisition objectives to recapitalize its aging boats and airplanes. The audit agency told Congress Tuesday the service hasn't properly aligned its ambitions with its expected budgets. The Coast Guard contends the GAO findings are out of date.

Tags: DHS , USCG , GAO , House Transportation Committee , frank lobiondo , Robert Papp , Deepwater , acquisition , John Hutton ,

Wednesday - 10/05/2011, 06:17am EDT
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Navy issues draft RFP for next-generation network

The Navy has released its draft solicitation for its huge Next Generation Enterprise Network project, which replaces the current Navy-Marine Corps Intranet and could end up being the largest private IT network in the world. The draft RFP is the last step and the last opportunity for industry to comment before Navy issues a final RFP.

Tags: DoD , technology , acquisition , contracting , Navy , NMCI , NGEN , Shawn Hendricks ,

Tuesday - 10/04/2011, 05:45am EDT

DIA marks 50 years of change, amid new 'golden age'

The Defense Intelligence Agency is now 50 years old, but its current and former leaders say the last 10 have come to define it as an agency.

Tags: DoD , DIA , information sharing , intelligence , ronald burgess , James Clapper , lowell jacoby , tom wilson ,

Friday - 09/30/2011, 05:30am EDT
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As BTA closes Friday, DoD continues to foster strategic goals

The Defense Department's new strategic management plan includes changes to the department's previous business goals, as well as new areas DoD plans to focus on in the coming year.

Tags: DoD , management , BTA , David Wennergren , efficiency initiatives ,

Thursday - 09/29/2011, 05:30am EDT
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At Pentagon, lessons learned on data center consolidation

Like every agency, the Defense Department has to help the government reduce its IT footprint. But unlike most agencies, it has more than a decade of data center consolidation experience to lean on. Space dedicated to servers in the Pentagon has come down from 45,000 to 15,000 square feet over the past 15 years, officials said.

Tags: DoD , technology , data center consolidation , COOP , IT reform , Army , Army Information Technology Agency , Pentagon , Donald Adcock ,

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 04:47pm EDT
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Geospatial intelligence HQ is now DC's 3rd largest federal office building

The National Geospatial Agency formally opened its headquarters Monday. Its $1.7 billion facility is the third largest in the national capital region.

Tags: DoD , Letitia Long , NGA , BRAC , Mark Center , Fort Belvoir , workforce ,

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 06:21am EDT
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VA needs to tighten oversight of G.I. Bill

Three senators say the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill needs tougher oversight after new figures show a quarter of the program's funds went to just eight companies that run for-profit colleges.

Tags: DoD , VA , GI Bill , Congress , VFW , vetjobs , Tom Carper , Tom Harkin , Jim Webb , Curtis Coy , ted daywalt , Education , Ryan Gallucci

Friday - 09/23/2011, 05:20am EDT
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Air Force to offer buyouts to 6,000 civilians

The Air Force is planning to make payments to civilian employees to encourage them to leave the federal payroll, in addition to offers of early retirement. The service is trying to get to the level of civilian employment authorized under DoD's civilian hiring freeze, which mandates the department maintain its non-uniformed workforce at fiscal 2010 levels.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , workforce , Darrell Jones , pay and benefits , retirement , buyouts , VSIP , VERA ,

Thursday - 09/22/2011, 06:16am EDT
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Air Force promises more disciplined acquisitions

The service no can longer pump money into ambitions that don't offer any immediate prospect of payoff, especially if those projects don't promise to deliver something the Air Force truly needs, the service's top officer said Tuesday.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Defense Business Board , Norton Schwartz , Robert Gates , pay and benefits , acquisition , retirement

Wednesday - 09/21/2011, 05:24am EDT
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Air Force secretary pledges to protect key systems

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said Monday there are certain capabilities the service must keep whole as it navigates the current budget situation. He did not offer clues as to what the service would be willing to give up.

Tags: DoD , management , Air Force , Michael Donley , michael gould , budget , Budget Control Act , deficit reduction ,

Tuesday - 09/20/2011, 05:23am EDT
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