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VA open sources EHR system

The Department of Veterans Affairs has come up with a solution for modernizing its electronic health records system: Releasing the software to the open source community. VA says it's seeing a lot of innovation around electronic health records in the private sector. It thinks opening up the source code to its VistA software will be the easiest way to incorporate those technologies into VA, while also letting tech companies build on the platform it's already developed. VA uses VistA in 150 hospitals and 800 outpatient clinics.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology ,

Thursday - 04/21/2011, 03:53pm EDT

DoD to cut more than just weapons systems

The Pentagon's acquisition chief said Wednesday that Defense leaders would "undoubtedly" cut more major weapons systems, possibly as soon as next year. But undersecretary of Defense Ashton Carter said there were more savings to be found in other areas of the Defense Department budget. Major weapons procurement makes up only one seventh of DoD's spending.

Tags: DoD , contracting , industry , management , DoD budget , dod efficiency initiative , service contracting , Ashton Carter , Heritage Foundation , DoD Report

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 07:23pm EDT
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Slow cyber progress puts critical infrastructure at risk

Even in a year in which the Stuxnet attack targeted critical infrastructure systems and attacks on grid operators rose dramatically, operators of critical infrastructure around the world took few steps to increase their cyber defenses, a new report found.

Tags: technology , management , cybersecurity , critical infrastructure , Stuxnet , McAfee , Center for Strategic and International Studies , DHS , White House , FERC , Michael Peters , Stewart Baker , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 04/20/2011, 08:30am EDT
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CR could provide some BRAC traffic relief

The six-month continuing resolution Congress passed earlier this month was mostly about cuts, but it also included several hundred million dollars in new spending pushed through by the Maryland and Virginia congressional delegations. That money will pay to help solve some of the huge traffic problems this year's military personnel moves are expected to create around the DC area.

Tags: DoD , Congress , BRAC , Transportation , Fort Belvoir , Bethesda National Naval Medical Center , Jim Moran , Barbara Mikulski , Ben Cardin ,

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 07:52am EDT
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DISA cuts ribbon on new headquarters

The Defense Information Systems Agency celebrated the ceremonial opening of its new 95-acre headquarters campus on Friday. Less than half of the 4,600 employees already work at its new headquarters at Fort Meade, Md. The agency expects the rest of its staff to move there from several northern Virginia locations by late August.

Tags: DoD , BRAC , DISA , Fort Meade , Carroll Pollett , Barbara Mikulski , NSA , U.S. Cyber Command , David Bullock , DoD Report

Monday - 04/18/2011, 06:58am EDT
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Army cites progress at Arlington Cemetery

Army officials told Congress Thursday that they had made progress in reforming management at Arlington National Cemetery, an institution they said lacked a management foundation when a new management team took over in the wake of a scandal involving mismarked grave sites and other problems. Some members still are unhappy with the changes.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Arlington Cemetery , management , Army , John McHugh , Kathryn Condon , Karl Schneider , Patrick Hallinan , Mike Coffman ,

Friday - 04/15/2011, 07:05am EDT
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Bill to reduce Senate-confirmed positions advances

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee agreed to legislation Wednesday that would take roughly 200 presidential appointees out of the Senate confirmation process. The vast number of Senate-confirmable positions has become unwieldy for the upper chamber, and has deterred too many qualified candidates from accepting executive branch appointments, committee leaders said.

Tags: management , Congress , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Rob Portman , Tom Coburn , Senate-confirmed positions ,

Thursday - 04/14/2011, 07:07am EDT
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Six-month budget slashes e-gov fund by 76 percent

The agreement between the White House and Congressional leaders to fund the government through the remainder of 2011 would strip the E-Government fund of more than three quarters of its dollars. The fund, managed by the General Services Administration, pays for several of the Obama Administration's government transparency websites.

Tags: technology , Congress , Vivek Kundra , David McClure , OMB , GSA , cloud computing , data center consolidation , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , E-Government Fund , open government , transparency , TechStat ,

Tuesday - 04/12/2011, 08:20pm EDT
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Senator optimistic about major cyber bill this year

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who led a Senate Intelligence Committee review of cybersecurity policy last year, said he is hopeful that Congress will be able to pass an overhaul of cyber laws this year. Whitehouse has been critical of the pace at which the Obama Administration has moved to propose such changes to lawmakers.

Tags: Congress , cybersecurity , DoD , Sheldon Whitehouse , James Langevin , Keith Alexander , U.S. Cyber Command , DHS , James Baker , Douglas Maughan ,

Monday - 04/11/2011, 07:39pm EDT
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TRICARE sustains protest in $17 billion service contract

TRICARE, the Defense Department's managed healthcare organization, said Thursday that it will reevaluate a multibillion dollar award to administer health insurance services for military members in one of its three U.S. regions.

Tags: DoD , TRICARE , Humana , UnitedHealthcare , Health Net , industry , contracting , DoD Report

Friday - 04/08/2011, 06:56am EDT
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