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DoD faces struggles on path toward 'better buying power'

A year and a half after embarking on a strategy designed to get more bang for DoD's acquisition bucks, the Pentagon is still struggling to instill the idea that programs should be managed to what they should cost, rather than what they cost today.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , contracting , Better Buying Power , should cost , low price technically acceptable , Shay Assad , Ashton Carter , Coalition for Government Procurement ,

Monday - 04/30/2012, 05:19am EDT
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Agencies explore possibilities of virtual worlds

Paulette Robinson, the iCollege's associate dean for teaching, learning and technology, said the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds has grown from five members from four federal agencies in 2007 to 3,000 members this year.

Tags: DoD , On DoD , iCollege , Paulette Robinson , virtual worlds ,

Friday - 04/27/2012, 01:00pm EDT
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House panel declines to approve hike in DoD's health insurance fees

House military personnel subcommittee asserts retirees have already paid for their health care via their military service, omits DoD proposal to hike TRICARE fees.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , Congress , Buck McKeon , House Armed Services Committee , Military Officers Association of America , TRICARE , pay and benefits , Kathy Beasley , Budget Control Act ,

Friday - 04/27/2012, 05:14am EDT
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VA, National Archives team up to help dig out of claims backlog

The Veterans Affairs department has signed a deal with the National Archives and Records Administration to start digitizing billions of pages of paper documents dealing with Veterans' benefit claims.

Tags: VA , NARA , Veterans Benefits Management System , technology , health IT , Roger Baker , Disabled American Veterans , Jeffrey Hall ,

Thursday - 04/26/2012, 05:23am EDT
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Army IT agency head departs for Energy

Donald Adcock, who served from 2010 until this month as the executive director of the Army Information Technology Agency, has left the Pentagon to become the associate CIO for IT services at the Department of Energy.

Tags: Donald Adcock , Energy , Army Information Technology Agency , information technology , Mike Locatis , Army , people , John Berthiaume , chief information officer , Robert Brese ,

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 12:16pm EDT

Pentagon nears expansion of cyber information sharing effort

A pilot program DoD established to share cyber threat information between the NSA and Defense companies will be made permanent and expanded to include approximately 200 companies in the coming months.

Tags: DoD , technology , cybersecurity , James Moran , NSA , U.S. Cyber Command , Teri Takai , Samuel Cox , Neal Ziring , information sharing , defense industrial base ,

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 05:21am EDT
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Air Force 'appalled' by $1B IT system that produced few capabilities

The Air Force's comptroller poured $1 billion into a new enterprise resource planning system with virtually nothing to show for it after seven years. The service is restricting the ERP with details to come in the next few weeks.

Tags: DoD , financial improvement and audit readiness , ERP , Robert Hale , Robert McVay , Jamie Morin , Claire McCaskill , Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government , Army , Navy , Marine Corps , Air Force , Robert Work ,

Friday - 04/20/2012, 05:17am EDT
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Navy aims for more accountability, centralized authority in acquisition commands

After a decade in which relatively few questions were asked about resource allocations, Navy and Marine Corps acquisition leaders are moving to adjust to a new reality.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Marine Corps , acquisition , industry , DoD budget , NAVSEA , NAVAIR , SPAWAR , MARCORSYSCOM , Frank Kelley , Patrick Brady , Kevin McCoy , David Architzel ,

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 05:38am EDT
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FedRAMP almost ready to approve first outside security accreditors

GSA, NIST to name the first batch of outside organizations who will test and validate commercial cloud products against baseline security standards in the FedRAMP cloud security program in May. The Joint Authorization Board also will release guidance to industry on how to implement the security requirements in the coming months. FedRAMP still is months from approving its first set of vendors.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , FedRAMP , third party accreditors , cloud computing , NIST , GSA , DoD , DHS , David McClure , David DeVries , Richard Spires , AFFIRM , industry , Cybersecurity Update

Monday - 04/16/2012, 05:34am EDT
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Navy tries to stave off commanders' career-ending missteps

Twenty-two commanding officers were removed from their positions in 2011. The offenses of relieved commanders run the gamut, and they run across all of the Navy's mission areas. The Navy wants its incoming commanders to be wary of the "intoxicating" aspects of leadership.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Jonathan Greenert , 21st Century Sailor and Marine , management , sexual assault ,

Friday - 04/13/2012, 05:44am EDT
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