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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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DISA solicits massive IT operations contract

The $4.6 billion contract is expected to be awarded to a single vendor, who will be responsible for the operations of DoD's Global Information Grid for at least three years.

Tags: technology , contracting , DoD , DISA , Global Information Grid ,

Monday - 01/17/2011, 06:00pm EST

JFCOM closure timeline begins to take shape

Gen. Ray Odierno, the current commander of Joint Forces Command, said the organization will likely cease to exist within the next year. He will finish an implementation plan to shut the command down and transfer its remaining functions within the next 45 days.

Tags: DoD , JFCOM , Robert Gates , Mark Warner , Ray Odierno , DoD budget ,

Monday - 01/17/2011, 03:41pm EST

Navy halts data center expansions

The Navy's top IT official ordered the entire service not to spend any money for new or upgraded servers and data centers. This comes as the service prepares to release its enterprise data center consolidation strategy in March.

Tags: DoD , technology , Navy , Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative , data center consolidation , cloud computing , SOA ,

Friday - 01/14/2011, 07:14pm EST

Navy to thin senior officer ranks

The Navy will eliminate 200 captains and commanders, citing high retention and low attrition rates.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Chief of Naval Personnel , management

Thursday - 01/13/2011, 04:22pm EST

Air Force to cut IT costs by 25 percent

IT consolidation and efficiency efforts within the Air Force are part of the service's contribution to Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiency initiative, Air Force Secretary Mike Donley said Wednesday. He expects to shave more than $1 billion from the service's IT expenses.

Tags: DoD , technology , Air Force , Mike Donley , cloud computing , IT consolidation , budget ,

Wednesday - 01/12/2011, 07:16pm EST

Retiree groups wary of TRICARE proposal

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said last week that he wants to increase health insurance premiums for working-age military retirees by a "modest" amount to take pressure off of DoD's ballooning health care budget. Groups that represent retirees say Gates' past proposals for TRICARE hikes have been anything but modest.

Tags: DoD , pay and benefits , Congress , Robert Gates , budget , TRICARE , Military Officers Association of America , The Retired Enlisted Association , CSIS , Cathy Beasley , Deirdre Holleman , Maren Leed ,

Wednesday - 01/12/2011, 01:51pm EST
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