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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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GAO praises DoD audit plans, questions implementation

In reports and testimony to Congress, the Government Accountability Office finds DoD has built a credible plan to meet a Congressionally-mandated full financial audit by 2017. However, the audit agency is skeptical the military branches will be able to implement the plan in time.

Tags: DoD , management , financial management , Congress , Robert Hale , Jamie Morin , Tom Coburn , Gladys Commons , audit readiness , GAO , Asif Khan ,

Monday - 09/19/2011, 05:13am EDT
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DoD nominee warns of 'draconian' cuts

Ashton Carter, the nominee to be the new deputy Defense secretary, said DoD will need to consider civilian employee furloughs, the abandonment of major weapons systems and a severe curtailing of military training if the sequestration envisioned by Congress as a budget-cutting forcing function takes effect.

Tags: DoD , contracting , acquisition , budget , sequestration , management , Congress ,

Wednesday - 09/14/2011, 10:17am EDT
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Data center consolidation ahead of schedule

Agencies have stepped up the pace of their data center consolidation efforts, leading to predicted data center closures numbering well above what the Office of Management and Budget predicted earlier this year.

Tags: technology , management , OMB , cloud computing , data center consolidation , federal CIO , Vivek Kundra , Virtualization , HHS , USDA , GSA ,

Thursday - 07/21/2011, 06:47am EDT
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DoE to give DoD a leg up in using alternative energy

The Defense and Energy departments are starting two new joint research and demonstration projects intended to help DoD become less reliant on petroleum.

Tags: DoD , Dept. of Energy , William Lynn , Steven Chu , contracting , green government , alternative energy ,

Wednesday - 07/20/2011, 07:37am EDT
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DoD savings won't target industry profits

Even though a short era of ever-increasing military budgets has come to a close, Pentagon leaders said Monday their quest to find savings in defense spending is not aimed at reducing the profitability of contractors.

Tags: DoD , contracting , acquisition , Better Buying Power , industry , Ashton Carter , Frank Kendall ,

Tuesday - 07/19/2011, 06:48am EDT
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