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For Army, network tops modernization priorities

Susan Lawrence, the Army's newly-appointed Chief Information Officer members of the IT and communications industry that the service is focused on creating an end-to-end IT infrastructure, eliminating structures that required soldiers to train and live on one network, and deploy on another.

Tags: DoD , industry , Susan Lawrence , Mike Krieger , Army , cloud computing , enterprise email , AFCEA , data center consolidation , DoD Report

Monday - 03/21/2011, 07:06am EDT
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Assad: KC-X to lead the way in procurements

Shay Assad, director of the office of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, told industry professionals Thursday that DoD would provide them with a clearer picture of what the Pentagon wants when it issues solicitations to industry. Past acquisition processes, he said, had forced vendors to guess what factors DoD thought were truly important.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , management , GAO , insourcing , Coalition for Government Procurement , Shay Assad , source selection , acquisition workforce , bid protest ,

Friday - 03/18/2011, 07:48am EDT
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DoD to adopt new source selection procedures

The Defense Department is looking to standardize the procedures its components use in source selection under competitive acquisitions. New DoDwide procedures issued this month will take effect in July.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , Federal Acquisition Regulation , Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy , Shay Assad , Professional Services Council , Stan Soloway ,

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 08:19pm EDT
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Dueling testimony on TRICARE fees

Members of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel are studying the Defense Department's proposal to increase fees for working-age retirees who use the military's TRICARE health insurance benefit. The panel heard, in separate hearings, from DoD officials defending the increase, and retiree groups who fear it is a "camel's nose under the tent."

Tags: DoD , pay and benefits , Congress , TRICARE , health care , Robert Gates , Stan Strobridge , Rick Jones , Niki Tsongas , Joe Wilson , National Association of Uniformed Services , Military Officers Association of America ,

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 03:50pm EDT
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AFGE pulls out of NSPS talks

The American Federation of Government Employees said Tuesday it will no longer participate in discussions related to the future status of DoD employees who had been part of the soon-to-be-terminated National Security Personnel System. The labor organization said "union-busting" activities by the Air Force were the reason for its decision.

Tags: pay and benefits , DoD , Congress , NSPS , AFGE , John Gage , Air Force , pay-for-performance ,

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:40am EDT

Defense acquisitions may have to settle

A Congressional panel heard from deputy Pentagon service chiefs last week that when it comes to future acquisitions, DOD may have to settle for "good enough".

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , acquisition , Defense ,

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 08:40am EDT
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DoD details furlough rules...just in case

Military personnel would not be subject to a furlough in the event of a government shutdown, according to guidance prepared by the Defense Department as a contingency plan. The memo, drafted earlier this month, gives broad overarching guidance to military departments and agencies who would have discretion to determine what activities would and would not be exempted from a shutdown.

Tags: DoD , contracting , shutdown , budget , DoD budget , continuing resolution , Robert Gates ,

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 07:27am EDT

Agencies fall short in reporting spending data

A House committee held a discussion on openness in government and addressed the errors made in reporting data related to spending.

Tags: Subcommittee on Technology Information Policy, Int , Elijah Cummings , The Sunlight Foundation , Ellen Miller , USDA , Christopher Smith , OMB , Danny Werfel , management , technology ,

Monday - 03/14/2011, 07:02am EDT
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Agencies still sharing after WikiLeaks

Fears that the leak of thousands of State Department memos to the website WikiLeaks would reverse progress on interagency sharing of national security information have not materialized, officials testified Thursday. Agencies have responded by recognizing the need to protect data rather than by hoarding it, they said.

Tags: DoD , Congress , technology , information sharing , State Department , Director of National Intelligence , James Clapper , Teri Takai , Corin Stone , Patrick Kennedy , WikiLeaks , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , identity management , secure identity cards , CACs , public key infrastructure , SIPRNet ,

Friday - 03/11/2011, 07:19am EST
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Army teeing up acquisition reforms

The Defense Department's efficiencies initiative isn't just about internal DoD processes, the Army's acquisition chief said Wednesday. The service wants its vendors to help find ways to reduce costs and take on risk in the process, he said.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , Army , Malcolm O'Neill , DoD budget , Robert Gates , Ashton Carter , Professional Services Council ,

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 07:06am EST
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