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DoD to treat energy as a critical military capability

The Defense Department says it's committed to changing both the way it uses energy and the kinds of energy the military uses.

Tags: DoD , Energy , industry , contracting , William Lynn , Sharon Burke , alternative fuels , green government , DoD Report

Wednesday - 06/15/2011, 08:11am EDT
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White House launches 4-pillar smart grid plan

The Obama administration released its policy framework for modernizing the nation's electric grid Monday. As has been the case in national strategies on other topics the White House has released recently, the administration wants the federal government to emphasize its role as a facilitator and standards author rather than a regulator.

Tags: White House , technology , cybersecurity , industry , Smart Grid , John Holdren , OSTP , Nancy Sutley , Department of Energy , Stephen Chu ,

Monday - 06/13/2011, 09:02pm EDT

Navy begins routine cybersecurity inspections

The Navy is preparing to launch a new program of inspections to gauge its commands' cybersecurity measures.

Tags: DoD , technology , cybersecurity , Navy , AFCEA , Ned Deets , Jonathan Greenert , Cybersecurity Update

Monday - 06/13/2011, 07:36am EDT
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Navy must cut IT business systems spending by 25 percent

The Navy readies RFIs for email and data storage to figure out how to best reduce spending on non-mission critical systems. Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen is exploring whether DON's non-classified email can be hosted by a third party, and whether a public-private partnership can be developed around data centers. Navy has no plans to use the DISA email system.

Tags: DoD , Department of the Navy , Navy , Marine Corps , technology , industry , contracting , budget , DoD budget , efficiencies , data center consolidation , enterprise email , Terry Halvorsen , Robert Work , AFCEA ,

Friday - 06/10/2011, 07:57am EDT
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'Ruthless' cost cutting coming to Navy IT

Terry Halvorsen, the Department of the Navy's chief information officer, said the Navy and Marine Corps should expect ruthless cost cutting in information technology. Halvorsen said if the services don't cut costs themselves, it will be done for them.

Tags: DoD , Department of the Navy , Navy , Marine Corps , technology , management , budget , DoD budget , efficiencies , data center consolidation , application rationalization , Enterprise software licensing , Terry Halvorsen , Janice Haith ,

Thursday - 06/09/2011, 07:40am EDT
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DoD clearance success paves way for future

Management leaders in the Defense Department said a dogged and determined end-to-end examination of the government's complex security clearance processes got that topic off of GAO's high risk list this year. That approach is coming to the rest of DoD's back office operations.

Tags: DoD , management , technology , DCMO , Elizabeth McGrath , David Wennergren , Government Executive , security clearances , GAO , High Risk list , back office functions , DoD Report

Wednesday - 06/08/2011, 07:23am EDT
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Grassley: DoD IG makes progress, but not enough

Sen. Chuck Grassley, issuing his second report on the status of the Defense Department's inspector general, said there are "positive trends" in the office he has previously criticized but he and his staff still give the IGs work a "D minus."

Tags: DoD , Congress , management , auditing , Chuck Grassley , Gordon Heddell , inspector general ,

Tuesday - 06/07/2011, 07:36am EDT
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DoD wants ethics certifications from vendors

Proposed rule would require companies who bid on Defense contracts to certify that any former DoD officials who work for them are in compliance with post-employment ethics rules.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , regulations , Procurement Integrity Act , Federal Register ,

Monday - 06/06/2011, 07:50pm EDT

OMB urging regulatory reform plans for small agencies

The Office of Management and Budget has gotten preliminary plans for regulatory reform from 30 executive branch agencies after President Obama's January executive order calling for a review of unneeded or unjustified regulations. The White House also is encouraging independent federal agencies to submit their own plans, but OMB has gotten just a single page back so far.

Tags: Congress , management , regulatory reform , White House , OMB , OIRA , EPA , HHS , Cass Sunstein , Heritage Foundation , James Gatusso , SBA ,

Monday - 06/06/2011, 06:55am EDT
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Archives brings in first "Wikipedian in Residence"

The National Archives and Records Administration has picked its first Wikipedian in Residence. The new position is designed to serve as a liaison between the archives and the volunteer editors of the free, online encyclopedia. Archives officials say their new Wikipedian, Dominic McDevitt-Parks, will help them collaborate with users and editors of the site to make the government's permanent record holdings available through Wikipedia, rather than just through the Archives' own site.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology ,

Friday - 06/03/2011, 01:04pm EDT
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