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Survey: Diversity initiative is a tough sell for many

The federal initiative to increase diversity and inclusion in its workforce may be critical to an agency's mission or seen as a political ploy depends on the employees' race, ethnicity and gender. That is what a Federal News Radio survey revealed: sharp divides among federal employees. And the widely differing points of view may make it more difficult for agencies to implement new diversity and inclusion strategies.

Tags: Barack Obama , inclusion , diversity , Justice , Channing Phillips , RGS , DoD , workforce , management , Federally Employed Women , Georgia Thomas , Susan Grunin , Ken Barrett , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 03:20pm EDT
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Navy seeks one more round of comments before releasing NGEN RFP

The service released a second draft solicitation for the Next Generation Enterprise Network. Industry has until March 30 to comment.

Tags: technology , DoD , NGEN , Shawn Hendricks , contracting , industry , NMCI , Jason Miller , Federal Drive , DoD Update

Friday - 03/16/2012, 07:12pm EDT

Naval research lab replicates rain forest, desert conditions

The Naval Research Laboratory opened a new facility Friday called the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research in Washington, D.C.

Tags: DoD , Naval Research Laboratory , In Depth , Francis Rose , DoD Report , technology

Friday - 03/16/2012, 07:03pm EDT

Navy puts laser focus on audit readiness

Gladys Commons, assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller, said the Navy hopes to have its Statement of Budgetary Resources audit-ready by the end of 2013, ahead of the Defense Department's deadline.

Tags: Gladys Commons , audit , financial management , Agency of the Month , Francis Rose

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 02:31pm EDT
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Congress balances openness with cyber protection

Lawmakers weigh public's right to know against the need to protect cyber secrets. Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) provision in 2012 Defense authorization bill tightens the definition of "exemptions," but he questions the need for further rules to give agencies power to withhold information.

Tags: Sunshine Week , transparency , open government , Congress , FOIA , Senate Judiciary Committee , Patrick Leahy , Charles Grassley , Paul Rosenzweig , Jerry Ensminger , Melanie Pustay , Kenneth Bunting , National Freedom of Information Coalition , Jared Serbu , DoJ , Barack Obama , White House , DoD , management

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 05:39am EDT
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Navy targets 15 large software vendors for enterprise deals

The service's CIO Terry Halvorsen said the goal is to bring together the purchasing power of the Navy and the Marines Corps to obtain lower prices. He said the Department of the Navy expects to save $100 million over five years. Navy senior officials from technology, acquisition and finance make the use of these enterprisewide contracts mandatory.

Tags: contracting , technology , industry , Marine Corps , Terry Halvorsen , GSA , enterprise licenses agreements , SmartBUY , Microsoft , IT efficiencies , budget , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 05:19am EDT
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U.S.S. Enterprise leaves for final deployment

Rear Adm. Ted Carter, commander of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu from the Atlantic Ocean as the carrier heads off for one last set of missions in Europe and the Middle East.

Tags: Ted Carter , DoD , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 01:37pm EDT
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Navy explores alternative energy sources

Vice Admiral Philip Cullom is the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics at the Navy.

Tags: DoD , Philip Cullom , Agency of the Month

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 02:24am EST
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8 women allege rape, harassment in military suit

Eight current and former members of the U.S. military allege in a new federal lawsuit that they were raped, assaulted or harassed during their service and suffered retaliation when they reported it to their superiors.

Tags: DoD , Marines Corps

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 10:55am EST
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