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USPS warns of default on retiree benefits

Without action from Congress, the U.S. Postal Service will default on its obligations to future retirees' health care accounts. Next up are payments to employees and vendors, the postmaster general told Congress Tuesday.

Tags: Congress , pay and benefits , management , USPS , FERS , CSRS , Tom Carper , Pat Donahoe , Susan Collins , Mark Strong , National League of Postmasters ,

Wednesday - 05/18/2011, 07:41am EDT
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BRAC side effect: Greener buildings

Because of mandates requiring new DoD buildings to meet minimum requirements for environmental design, tens of thousands of Defense employees are making moves from older, energy inefficient buildings into greener ones.

Tags: DoD , BRAC , BRAC Impact , Fort Belvoir , Fort Meade , Bethesda National Naval Medical Center , LEED , U.S. Green Building Council , David Bullock , Travis Edwards , Don Carr , John Mateczun , Green buildings ,

Friday - 05/13/2011, 08:05am EDT
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Growth of bases means more creature comforts for feds

For military bases in the national capital region, forget the "closure" part of Base Realignment and Closure. The 2005 BRAC round means huge growth at bases around Washington, and along with it, a need for new infrastructure and creature comforts for the growing workforce.

Tags: BRAC , BRAC Impact , DoD , Ft. Meade , Ft. Belvoir , DISA , David Bullock , Dan Thomas , Don Carr , Travis Edwards , Mark Center ,

Wednesday - 05/11/2011, 10:50am EDT
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Growth of bases means more creature comforts for feds

For military bases in the national capital region, forget the "closure" part of Base Realignment and Closure. The 2005 BRAC round means huge growth at bases around Washington, and along with it, a need for new infrastructure and creature comforts for the growing workforce.

Tags: DoD , BRAC , BRAC Impact , DISA , Fort Meade , Fort Belvoir , David Bullock , Dan Thomas , Don Carr , Travis Edwards , Mark Center ,

Tuesday - 05/10/2011, 08:23pm EDT
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Study cites gains in DoD contract competition

Researchers at the Center for Strategic and International Studies find trends toward more competition in Defense Department contracting between 1999 and 2010. The Washington think tank also found DoD also had increased the use of fixed price contracting.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , contracting , industry , contracting competition , CSIS , David Berteau ,

Monday - 05/09/2011, 07:27am EDT
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HASC leaders at odds over TRICARE hike

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday he will include language implementing the Defense Department's request to increase insurance fees for military retirees. That position is at odds with the panel's subcommittee on military personnel, which on Wednesday unanimously approved language which would prohibit the increase.

Tags: DoD , pay and benefits , TRICARE , Congress , Robert Hale , Joe Wilson , Buck McKeon , DoD Report

Friday - 05/06/2011, 06:44am EDT
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Civilian BRAC gains Hill support

The Obama administration Wednesday sent lawmakers a proposed bill that would create an independent commission to dispose of thousands of pieces of federal property that agencies have designated as excess. The administration also posted online a map showing the locations of more than 7,000 of the properties.

Tags: management , Congress , Jeffrey Zients , Danny Werfel , Jeff Denham , Tom Carper , OMB , BRAC , budget , excess property ,

Wednesday - 05/04/2011, 10:16am EDT
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All DoD eyes focused on Army's cloud email transition

The Army is moving its email to the Defense Information Systems Agency's cloud. DISA's vice chief told reporters Tuesday that getting the rest of the military services on board was a question of when, not if.

Tags: DoD , technology , Army , DISA , Navy , Air Force , Mike Krieger , Ronnie Hawkins , enterprise email , data center consolidation , cloud computing , DoD Report

Wednesday - 05/04/2011, 07:21am EDT
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Army uses video game technology to train soldiers on IED disposal

The Army plans to use video game technology to train soldiers to safely dispose of improvised explosive devices. The Army's Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey has received a patent for a virtualized environment that will train explosives disposal personnel to use robotic vehicles. The simulator is designed to precisely mimic the controls of the Talon robots the Army uses in theater, as well as the environments where IEDs tend to be found, like in sandbags or courtyards. The Army says it gives soldiers a chance to train safely in what would otherwise be a dangerous environment.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology ,

Tuesday - 05/03/2011, 11:47am EDT

NASA, USAID partner to solve challenges in developing countries

NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development have signed a five-year agreement that will put the space agency's data about the earth to work for USAID. The agency plans to use NASA imagery and other geospatial technologies to help developing countries solve challenges around issues like climate change, agriculture, disaster response and energy. The agreement builds on a joint program the two agencies have already been using to help forecast environmental changes that impact residents in Central America, East Africa and the Himalayas.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology ,

Tuesday - 05/03/2011, 11:40am EDT
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