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DLA deploying enterprise contracting system

After 10 years of development and planning, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Defense Department's primary purchaser of almost everything besides weapons systems, is beginning to roll out a new enterprisewide system to automate the writing and management of the thousands of contract actions it processes each day.

Tags: DoD , contracting , technology , Defense Logistics Agency , Bob Foster , Mike Claffey , Enterprise Resource Planning , EProcurement , DoD Report

Wednesday - 03/30/2011, 07:20pm EDT
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Programs continue despite cost overruns, GAO says

The Government Accountability Office said in findings announced to Congress Tuesday that the Nunn-McCurdy amendment, designed to curtail cost growth in Defense programs, has succeeded in bringing an end to only one overly costly military program in the last 14 years.

Tags: DoD , cost overruns , contracting , DoD budget , Congress , Nunn-McCurdy , Tom Carper , GAO , Frank Kendall ,

Tuesday - 03/29/2011, 04:30pm EDT
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Carter: DoD needs acquisition 'fast lane'

Ashton Carter, the Defense Department's undersecretary for acquisitions, said the Pentagon can buy things quickly when it truly needs to. But when it comes to supporting overseas contingency operations, he said the country needs a dedicated, permanent "fast lane" that leapfrogs DoD's notoriously slow methods of buying goods and services.

Tags: DoD , contracting , best practices , management , Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afgh , Ashton Carter , DoD budget , DoD Report

Tuesday - 03/29/2011, 07:23am EDT
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New FBI system boosts fingerprint ID capability

The FBI is beginning to replace its fingerprint identification system with a next-generation version that will dramatically speed up the time it takes to link prints to an identity. The agency says the next generation identification system reached initial operating capability this month at its Clarksburg, West Virginia information services facility. For high-priority prints, it'll be able to find a match in as little as ten minutes - compared to the two hours required for a ten-fingerprint match using the previous generation IAFIS system.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology ,

Monday - 03/28/2011, 07:16pm EDT

FAA studies iPads for navigation

The FAA has been studying whether tablet devices can replace paper aeronautical charts in the cockpits of planes. And for at least one charter jet company, the answer is yes. The agency has given the go-ahead to a large executive aircraft operator to use iPads equipped with a special app to display charts to pilots electronically through all phases of flight. The decision follows three months of testing - including an in-flight decompression test at 50-thousand feet - in which the device held up just fine.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology ,

Monday - 03/28/2011, 07:13pm EDT

Army exploring smartphone technologies for battlefield

The Army is working on keeping deployed soldiers connected to each other - and to the network using commercial, off the shelf technology in smartphones. The Multi Access Cellular Extension program is developing phones that can operate securely on cellular data networks around the world or on Wi-Fi hotspots. If neither of those are available, the phones will be designed to form their own local network and keep soldiers in a small unit at least connected to each other. The army wants the devices to handle voice, data, and specialized military apps.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology ,

Monday - 03/28/2011, 07:21pm EDT

USPS cuts 7,500 jobs, offers $20,000 buyouts

The Postal Service will offer $20,000 early retirement incentives to administrative employees, who must make a decision on whether to leave USPS by late April. RIF notices will be issued on May 25 to any affected employees who do not voluntarily retire or move to a lower grade.

Tags: USPS , RIF , management , pay and benefits , Patrick Donahoe , Postal Regulatory Commission , Anthony Vegliante , cost cutting , budget ,

Thursday - 03/24/2011, 03:53pm EDT
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Call center opens to field Arlington Cemetery inquiries

A new call center, staffed by professionals trained to handle grieving callers, is among the first technology upgrades the Army has made in the aftermath of a management scandal at Arlington National Cemetery last year. Phase two will involve tackling the massive challenge of digitizing the cemetery's paper records.

Tags: DoD , technology , Arlington National Cemetery , Army Information Technology Agency , Donald Adcock , John McHugh , call center , IT services , DoD Report

Wednesday - 03/23/2011, 07:19pm EDT
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Record claims spur demand for automation at VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs, which processed a record one million claims in 2010, is still seeing claims come in faster than it can process them and expects even more new filings in 2011. Despite that, VA hopes to eliminate its backlog of claims by 2015.

Tags: VA , technology , management , disability claims , Eric Shinseki , Veterans Benefits Administration , American Legion , female veterans , veterans , claims processing ,

Wednesday - 03/23/2011, 07:29am EDT
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Army, Marines begin separate ERP rollouts

The Army and Marine Corps are both in the early phases of deploying logistics accountability systems that will replace a collection of disconnected, stovepiped IT systems and processes that have grown up since the 1960s. Though the systems share the same objective, they were made by different vendors, prompting questions from one member of Congress.

Tags: DoD , Congress , management , Army , Marine Corps , Claire McCaskill , financial management , DoD budget , Enterprise Resource Planning , Drew Dwyer , James Amos , Senate Armed Services Committee , DoD Report

Tuesday - 03/22/2011, 07:35am EDT
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