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TRICARE expands online health records

TRICARE, the military's managed healthcare system, is taking a step forward in letting its beneficiaries see their own health records online. The agency's "Blue Button" tool is getting an upgrade that now lets users see their lab results, patient history and diagnoses. The site already gave TRICARE users the ability to view their own allergy and medication profiles. TRICARE says they developed the system as a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The system already has more than 250,000 users.

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Tuesday - 05/03/2011, 11:39am EDT

JFCOM shuffles organizational chart

The U.S. Joint Forces Command, which will be formally disestablished later this year as part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiency initiative, had several of its functions transferred to other DoD components on Tuesday. The Pentagon said the realignment would preserve critical capabilities and place them in other branches of the department's organizational chart.

Tags: DoD , JFCOM , contracting , industry , Robert Gates , Ray Odierno , DoD budget , efficiency initiative , DoD Report

Tuesday - 05/03/2011, 07:20am EDT

Army readies second apps challenge

The Army will open its next Apps for Army challenge to industry and the public, officials said Friday. The process is focused on developing capabilities that are not dependent on any particular platform.

Tags: DoD , technology , Army , Apps for Army , Apple , Google , Gary Blohm ,

Monday - 05/02/2011, 07:29am EDT

Enterprise email could pave way for single DoD sign-on

The Defense Department is creating identity and access management tools as an enterprise service across the department. One possible way ahead, leaders say, is a single authoritative digital identity system the Defense Information Systems Agency created to support the Army's move to enterprise email.

Tags: DoD , technology , cloud computing , enterprise email , identity management , HSPD-12 , Common Access Card , DISA , Jack Wilmer ,

Friday - 04/29/2011, 03:40pm EDT

For DoD, a penny saved is now a penny earned

Services and components in the Defense Department are being told they will be permitted to retain any savings they find through better management of acquisition programs. Undersecretary of Defense Ashton Carter says the decision would provide an incentive for program managers to make effective use of a now-mandatory initiative known as "will-cost and should-cost management."

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , contracting , Ashton Carter , Robert Hale , acquisition savings ,

Thursday - 04/28/2011, 07:33am EDT

DoD's process to buy services lacking

A Defense Science Board panel found DoD's procedures and its senior leaders don't give service contracts the attention they deserve. Service contracts make up more than 50 percent of the Defense Department's acquisition budget.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , management , DoD budget , service contracting , Commission on Wartime Contracting , Defense Science Board , Jacques Gansler , Ashton Carter , DoD Report

Monday - 04/25/2011, 08:21pm EDT

White House launches Android app

The White House has had an iPhone app for a while now. In fact, it's inching toward a half million downloads. Now, the administration is branching out into the Android world. Both apps allow users to access audio, video, written briefings, White House blogs, and get alerts. The White House says almost 7 percent of the visitors to the website already come from either iPhone or Android devices. And their figures show the traffic from those mobile platforms to the president's official site has nearly doubled in the past year.

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Monday - 04/25/2011, 05:22pm EDT

DoD adds social networking layer to software development

DISA, the Defense Information Systems Agency, is adding a social networking layer to its software development collaboration system. is DISA's shared software development environment. community will let developers organize into groups and sub-communities to share their development work with Defense Department stakeholders. DISA imagines those groups forming around communities of interest, organizations, mission areas, or specific technologies.

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Monday - 04/25/2011, 05:13pm EDT

E-Filings pass 100 million mark for first time

The Internal Revenue Service says it saw a significant increase in the number of electronically filed returns this year. By April 18th, this year's slightly-delayed tax day, the IRS had received 101 million E-Filed returns - almost a nine percent increase over tax year 2009. It's also the first time the number of e-filed returns has crossed the 100 million mark. The IRS says it's received almost a billion returns over E-File since the program first began nationally, in 1990.

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Monday - 04/25/2011, 05:10pm EDT

Shrinking budgets may be a blessing for DoD IT

In the Defense department, the goal of consolidating tens of thousands of IT systems and networks into a more manageable structure is not exactly new. But some leaders in the department think with new budget pressures in play, they'll be able to make some serious progress.

Tags: DoD , technology , budget , Congress , Teri Takai , Rob Carey , data center consolidation , enterprise IT , DoD budget ,

Monday - 04/25/2011, 07:28am EDT
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