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Carter promises 'leaner' Pentagon if confirmed as Defense secretary

Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next Defense secretary, told senators that cost overruns and needless overhead spending 'must stop,' but so must arbitrary caps on Defense spending.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Senate Armed Services Committee , Ashton Carter , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 02/05/2015, 12:24pm EST
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McCain pushes greater role for military service chiefs to fix acquisition

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee has more work to do before it draws up a broad acquisition reform package. But one element will be a more full-throated role for the uniformed military.

Tags: DoD , Congress , acquisition , acquisition reform , sequestration , Readiness , Ray Odierno , Jonathan Greenert , Joseph Dunford , Senate Armed Services Committee , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:36am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he intends to put acquisition reform language into this year's defense authorization bill. McCain said he's not sure yet what form that language will take but is sure of one thing: The uniformed chiefs of the military services need to be put back into the acquisition chain of command. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

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Wednesday - 01/28/2015, 04:24pm EST
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Ash Carter may face 'rocky' confirmation hearing for Defense secretary

Despite bipartisan support and years of experience in the Defense Department, Ash Carter's confirmation hearing to be Defense secretary might not be smooth sailing.

Tags: Ashton Carter , DoD , Congress , Senate , Nora Bensahel , Senate Armed Services Committee , people , American University , Shefali Kapadia

Wednesday - 01/21/2015, 11:43am EST
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Acquisition reform

Today's FEDtalk will feature a roundtable discussion of one of this year's hottest topics - acquisition reform.
January 9, 2015

Tags: acquisition , acquisition reform , workforce , Dan Chenok , IBM Business of Government , Stan Soloway , Professional Services Council , Kymm McCabe , ASI Government , Mac Thornberry , FEDtalk , Long Term Care Partners , OPM , Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

Friday - 01/09/2015, 09:03pm EST

Obama signs NDAA deal with pay raise, higher co-pays for troops

President Barack Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act deal Friday. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees arrived at a compromise over troop benefits in the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that will give soldiers a 1 percent pay raise, as well as a $3 increase in most prescription co-pays. House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) released a summary of the ups and downs of this fiscal year's $585 billion NDAA, expected to be finalized before Congress leaves for the holidays.

Tags: NDAA , Buck McKeon , DoD , pay and benefits , Barack Obama , Air Force , budget , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Armed Service Committee

Monday - 12/22/2014, 05:00am EST

DoD hunting for value, innovation not just lowest price

When it comes to lowest price, technically acceptable policies, the Defense Department wants more than "acceptable" for its acquisition services. Even with looming sequestration forcing DoD to stretch financially, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of Defense acquisition, technology and logistics, said the department must incentivize contractors to provide better value as well as best prices.

Tags: acquisition , sequestration , DoD , AFCEA , CSIS , Frank Kendall , Carl Levin , David Berteau , Brett Lambert , Stephanie Wasko , Contracting , Industry

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:59pm EDT

Senate report: Billions of dollars at risk from shaky Pentagon IT programs

A new bipartisan report from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations called the Air Force's now-canceled Expeditionary Combat Support System "one of the most egregious examples of mismanagement by the DoD in recent memory." But the failure of ECSS may not be an aberration, the report suggested. Other enterprise-resource planning programs in the department are at risk of falling victim to the same fate.

Tags: Senate , DoD , technology , Air Force , Jack Moore , Carol Cha , acquisition

Wednesday - 07/09/2014, 08:27am EDT
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