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Lawmakers tell VA 'no more hollow promises' to fix the claims backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made strides toward increasing the number of disability claims it can process every year. But new claims from veterans are growing even faster than ever. House legislators are frustrated by the VA's lack of progress over the years.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Congress , technology , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Jackie Speier , Allison Hickey , DoD , Veterans Benefits Management System , claims backlog ,

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:54am EDT
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Army agile acquisition to yield payoff

Dan Hughes, who was recently promoted to Army brigadier general, is the director of the Army's System of Systems Integration Directorate within the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. His office is one of the key players in the agile acquisition process the Army's trying to build.

Tags: On DoD , Army , Dan Hughes , Network Integration Evaluation

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 03:42pm EDT
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Civilian workforce faces brutal consequences under sequestration

Civilian agency payrolls would be most vulnerable under automatic budget cuts set to kick in on Jan. 2. A new AIA and George Mason University study claims 229,000 non-defense federal jobs would be eliminated.

Tags: Congress , sequestration , Budget Control Act , workforce , pay and benefits , Marion Blakey , Aerospace Industries Association , Stephen Fuller , George Mason University , Jeanne Shaheen , Kelly Ayotte , Gordon Adams ,

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 05:07am EDT
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TriWest to stop challenge to DoD's TRICARE contract

Phoenix-based TriWest Healthcare Alliance will end its challenge to the Defense Department's award of the TRICARE West Region contract to UnitedHealth. The decision comes weeks after the GAO dismissed TwiWest's protest.

Tags: TriWest , UnitedHealth , Scott Celley , pay and benefits , DoD , TRICARE , Jolie Lee

Friday - 07/13/2012, 07:28pm EDT

Senators concerned over TRICARE fee increases

The Pentagon is telling lawmakers military retirees' share of health care costs is going to have to increase if it's going to meet the budget targets Congress and the President handed over with last year's budget control act.

Tags: DoD , pay and benefits , TRICARE , Robert Hale , Jonathan Woodson , Jim Webb , Kelly Ayotte , Senate , budget

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 08:56am EDT
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Senators quiz defense companies on sequestration

Letter, sent to 15 large vendors, asks for estimated impacts of sequestration on defense contractors.

Tags: DoD , Congress , budget , sequestration , defense industrial base , John McCain , Kelly Ayotte , Joe Lieberman , Saxby Chambliss , John Cornyn , James Inhofe , Lindsey Graham , Lockheed Marting , Aerospace Industries Association ,

Friday - 07/06/2012, 11:55am EDT

Navy plans mandatory anti-sexual assault training for every sailor

Each sailor will be required to take a new round of training by the end of this year. Courses will emphasize the need for "bystander" servicemembers to intervene when they see activities that could foreshadow sexual assault.

Tags: DoD , Navy , sexual assault , Scott Seeberger , Martha Herb , DoD Report , Federal Drive

Friday - 07/06/2012, 05:17am EDT
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Ahead of OMB guidance, agencies bring their own strategies to BYOD

Early-adopter agencies of the bring-your-own-device idea are blazing their own trail through the security, privacy and policy challenges of personally-owned devices on government networks.

Tags: technology , mobile computing , mobility , BYOD , Bring your own device , ACT/IAC , GSA , EEOC , Venable , Perryn Ashmore , Kimberly Hancher , Dan Reece , Rob Burton ,

Thursday - 07/05/2012, 05:17am EDT
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Pentagon to begin online delivery of US mail

Employees in the Pentagon will be able to access their postal mail via a web-based interface and decide how to handle each envelope.

Tags: DoD , Sonny Biddix , Washington Headquarters Service , Defense Post Office , Digital Delivery Mail Program , technology , green government , USPS ,

Tuesday - 07/03/2012, 01:42pm EDT
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GAO dismisses protest over huge TRICARE contract

The Government Accountability Office has turned back a protest over a multibillion dollar contract to administer part of the military's TRICARE health insurance system, the losing bidder said Monday. The Comptroller General's decision was not publicly released as of Monday afternoon, but TriWest officials said they had been notified of the rejection.

Tags: DoD , GAO , TRICARE , health care , Aetna , TriWest , UnitedHealth , David McIntyre , Health Net

Monday - 07/02/2012, 05:42pm EDT
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