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Cutting, investing aren't mutually exclusive, federal CIO says

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants agencies to cut spending and invest in new capabilities at the same time. Savings from outdated or inefficient IT projects can be plowed into new innovations, he said.

Tags: OMB , technology , Steven VanRoekel , TechStat , PortfolioStat , shared services , duplication , USDA , IT reform , budget , FOSE

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 05:26am EDT
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Navy tests cutting-edge technologies at new research lab

Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu tagged along for a tour of the Navy's new Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research, where robots get to interact with the real world without going outside the Beltway.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Laboratory for Autonomous Research , Federal Drive , technology , robotics ,

Tuesday - 04/03/2012, 06:13am EDT
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Sequestration may hit defense industry harder than troops

Sequestration would kill hundreds of thousands of defense industry jobs, the Pentagon warns. Frank Kendall told senators during his nomination hearing to be the DoD acquisition chief that personnel accounts would be shielded so lower-tiered contractors would feel the brunt of cuts.

Tags: DoD , Congress , John McCain , Carl Levin , industry , sequestration , Budget Control Act , defense industrial base , Frank Kendall , Heidi Shyu ,

Friday - 03/30/2012, 05:33am EDT
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Army aims for more speed, security with new IT network standards

The Army has released the implementation plan for how it will get its networked systems to a state it calls the "common operating environment." The strategy is designed to phase out stovepiped systems and begin building technologies to a common set of open standards.

Tags: DoD , Army , technology , ASA-ALT , Terry Edwards , Common Operating Environment , IT standards ,

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 01:35pm EDT
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Military leaders assert zero-tolerance for hazing

Military services still struggle to track hazing incidents, but insist incidents that harm or demean servicemembers won't be tolerated.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Army , Navy , Marine Corps , Coast Guard , Air Force , Rick West , Michael Barrett , Judy Chu , Mike Coffman , hazing , Harry Lew , Danny Chen ,

Monday - 03/26/2012, 05:51am EDT
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Army systems leave soldiers vulnerable to late, inaccurate pay

The Government Accountability Office says that even while the Army has made some strides toward improving its pay practices, the service is a long way off from the kind of data integrity independent experts would need to see in order to green light the systems as audit-ready.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Army , management , financial management , audit readiness , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government , pay and benefits , workforce , GAO , Asif Khan , Kirk Zechinni , IPPS-A , Jeanne Brooks , James Watkins , DFAS , DMDC ,

Friday - 03/23/2012, 05:37am EDT
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Mandatory breathalyzer tests coming to Navy, Marine Corps

The alcohol screening program is part of a sweeping realignment of personnel and readiness programs in the Department of the Navy.

Tags: DoD , Navy , USMC , Ray Mabus , Jonathan Greenert , workforce , alcohol , marijuana , 21st Century Sailor and Marine , readiness

Monday - 03/05/2012, 05:33pm EST
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Army drafts RFP to attract renewable energy projects

Army would agree to buy energy from private plants on Army land but cut the plants off from the electric grid in the event of an emergency. The final solicitation could be out by this spring.

Tags: DoD , Army , renewable energy , continuity of operations , Katherine Hammack , Green government , industry , contracting , John Lushetsky

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Army tired of waiting for new mobile devices

The Army is in the middle of a major rethink of mobile devices, including how it secures them, how it buys them and ultimately, how it uses them. The push comes amid a mandate to find $1.5 billion in IT savings across the Army.

Tags: DoD , Army , technology , mobile computing , Susan Lawrence , Steven Smith , cybersecurity , acquisition , industry , contracting ,

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Congress balances openness with cyber protection

Lawmakers weigh public's right to know against the need to protect cyber secrets. Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) provision in 2012 Defense authorization bill tightens the definition of "exemptions," but he questions the need for further rules to give agencies power to withhold information.

Tags: Sunshine Week , transparency , open government , Congress , FOIA , Senate Judiciary Committee , Patrick Leahy , Charles Grassley , Paul Rosenzweig , Jerry Ensminger , Melanie Pustay , Kenneth Bunting , National Freedom of Information Coalition , DoJ , Barack Obama , White House , Navy , DoD , management

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 05:39am EDT
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