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VA automation speeds up GI Bill claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday that a new automated system has cut the backlog of education benefit claims under the new Post-9/11 GI bill and sped up the process of delivering payments to students. VA is using an agile technology development approach to make changes easier and faster.

Tags: technology , management , VA , Veterans Benefits Administration , Roger Baker , Michael Walcoff , GI Bill , agile IT ,

Tuesday - 02/01/2011, 07:53am EST
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Senators want IG probe of tanker data mixup

Seven senators have requested an independent investigation by the Defense Department's inspector general into the accidental disclosure of technical data to rival bidders Boeing and EADS in the Air Force's refueling tanker competition.

Tags: DoD , Contracting , Congress , Air Force , Boeing , EADS , Wendy Masiello , Maria Cantwell , Jerry Moran , Pat Roberts , Lindsay Graham , Charles Schumer , refueling tanker , Procurement Integrity Act , Senate Armed Services Committee ,

Monday - 01/31/2011, 07:14am EST
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Army weeks away from enterprise e-mail rollout

The Army is nearly finished with the testing phase of its new DISA-hosted enterprise e-mail service and plans to begin migrating users into the cloud in mid-February.

Tags: DoD , technology , cloud computing , enterprise , e-mail , Army , DISA , Mike Krieger , Rhett Hernandez ,

Friday - 01/28/2011, 06:21pm EST

Air Force ‘impressed' with EADS, Boeing in tanker mixup

The general overseeing the Air Force's investigation into a November incident that sent competitors' data to rival bidders said Thursday that she was pleased with the companies' handling of the situation. The Pentagon remains convinced that the accidental disclosure will not affect the outcome of the $35 billion acquisition.

Tags: DoD , Contracting , Congress , Air Force , Boeing , EADS , Wendy Masiello , Claire McCaskill , John McCain ,

Thursday - 01/27/2011, 07:26pm EST
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Navy, RAND at odds over the value of alternative fuel

A study released Tuesday by the RAND Corporation finds that DoD's programs for developing renewable fuels will provide no military advantage. It also questions whether the Defense Department should be conducting the research at all.

Tags: DoD , Navy , alternative energy , RAND Corporation , James Bartis , Tom Hicks , sustainability ,

Wednesday - 01/26/2011, 12:41pm EST
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16 agencies sign on to help military families

Caring for the families of military personnel requires a coordinated approach across the federal government, President Obama said Monday. He said agencies have made 50 separate commitments to coordinate programs designed to assist the loved ones of servicemembers.

Tags: DoD , management , Barack Obama , Michelle Obama , Jill Biden , White House , HHS , VA , Labor , SBA , Commerce , military benefits , Nicole Alcorn , Sue Hoppin , Todd Bowers , Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America , National Military Spouse Network , DoD Report , pentagon , federal drive

Tuesday - 01/25/2011, 06:58am EST
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DoD hoping for shorter GAO High Risk List

The Defense Department's leader of business process reform said Friday that she's hopeful the Government Accountability Office will remove one of DoD's high risk areas from its biennial list of government trouble spots. GAO is expected to issue the list within the next several weeks.

Tags: DoD , management , best practices , Elizabeth McGrath , AFCEA , GAO , High Risk list , security clearances ,

Monday - 01/24/2011, 06:55am EST
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HASC to examine DoD efficiency push

The House Armed Services Committee held its first meeting of the 112th Congress on Thursday, approving new rules, an oversight plan, and announcing the leaders and members of subcommittees. Committee Chairman Buck McKeon said the panel will hold its first oversight hearing next week.

Tags: Congress , DoD , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Adam Smith , Robert Gates , DoD budget ,

Thursday - 01/20/2011, 07:15pm EST
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Navy takes aim at software, server spending

The Navy has set initial target dates to plan for a more efficient IT infrastructure, including data center consolidation, virtualization and enterprise software licensing. As a first step, the service says it needs to get a better handle on how many software licenses it actually owns.

Tags: technology , Navy , DoD , Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative , Data center consolidation , cloud computing , DoD budget , Janice Haith , David Dorsett , DoD Report , federal drive

Tuesday - 01/18/2011, 07:04pm EST
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