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In the Defense department, the goal of consolidating tens of thousands of IT systems and networks into a more manageable structure is not exactly new. But some leaders in the department think with new budget pressures in play, they'll be able to make some serious progress.
A new Pentagon inspector general report finds "procedural and technical weaknesses" in the Army's traffic assessment surrounding its plans to move 6,400 Defense employees to a privately owned office complex in northern Virginia. Rep. Jim Moran, whose district includes the site, said the findings provide the underpinnings for local officials to sue the Pentagon to stop the move.
The National Archives says its Civil War records are among its holdings that are most requested by the public. But until now, reviewing those documents required a trip to Washington and time reviewing the original papers. But the Archives has now put about 275,000 pages of records with the names of some three million potential draftees online. The Archives didn't have the money to digitize the records itself, so it partnered with the genealogy service Ancestry.com. After five years, the Archives will own the digital records, free and clear.
The US Department of Agriculture says its stakeholders in the area of farming are a lot more tech savvy these days. So, its Natural Resources Conservation Service is focusing on developing mobile apps as a way to communicate and exchange data with them. The service thinks using apps instead of traditional paperwork for things like financial assistance and geospatial data exchanges could cut down processing time by 60 to 70 percent. And for farmers, they say, it'll mean they can spend more time in the field.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has come up with a solution for modernizing its electronic health records system: Releasing the software to the open source community. VA says it's seeing a lot of innovation around electronic health records in the private sector. It thinks opening up the source code to its VistA software will be the easiest way to incorporate those technologies into VA, while also letting tech companies build on the platform it's already developed. VA uses VistA in 150 hospitals and 800 outpatient clinics.
The Pentagon's acquisition chief said Wednesday that Defense leaders would "undoubtedly" cut more major weapons systems, possibly as soon as next year. But undersecretary of Defense Ashton Carter said there were more savings to be found in other areas of the Defense Department budget. Major weapons procurement makes up only one seventh of DoD's spending.
Even in a year in which the Stuxnet attack targeted critical infrastructure systems and attacks on grid operators rose dramatically, operators of critical infrastructure around the world took few steps to increase their cyber defenses, a new report found.
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The six-month continuing resolution Congress passed earlier this month was mostly about cuts, but it also included several hundred million dollars in new spending pushed through by the Maryland and Virginia congressional delegations. That money will pay to help solve some of the huge traffic problems this year's military personnel moves are expected to create around the DC area.
The Defense Information Systems Agency celebrated the ceremonial opening of its new 95-acre headquarters campus on Friday. Less than half of the 4,600 employees already work at its new headquarters at Fort Meade, Md. The agency expects the rest of its staff to move there from several northern Virginia locations by late August.
Army officials told Congress Thursday that they had made progress in reforming management at Arlington National Cemetery, an institution they said lacked a management foundation when a new management team took over in the wake of a scandal involving mismarked grave sites and other problems. Some members still are unhappy with the changes.