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4:49 pm, May 22, 2015

Jared Serbu Reports

Jared Serbu covers the Department of Defense for Federal News Radio. Jared's reports can be heard Monday - Friday on the Federal Drive and In Depth.

DoD leader raises an eyebrow over proposed acquisition reforms

Pentagon has concerns with Senate legislation requiring more acquisition authority for military service chiefs and House provision dictating new career paths for uniformed acquisition personnel.

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:03am EDT
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Senate panel votes to overhaul military retirement, to cut headquarters spending

The Senate Armed Service Committee's version of the annual Defense authorization bill would revamp military retirement, order DoD to reduce its headquarters and sidesteps sequestration by using the Pentagon's overseas contingency accounts.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:23am EDT
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Navy pushes major shakeup to military personnel system

Navy proposes several changes to modernize its personnel system, many of which will require help from Congress.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:21am EDT
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DoD ready for first 'skunk works' streamlined acquisition project

Over the past two years, the Pentagon has been looking to prove that some of its acquisition programs don't need to go through every single step of the department's slow and byzantine process. DoD finally has identified its first test case, and is looking for more.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:11am EDT

Fort Knox becomes first U.S. base to generate its own electric supply

The base made famous for its large gold vault is the first in the country to operate independently from the civilian power grid, thanks to generous supplies of natural gas directly beneath it. But officials say they wouldn't have achieved the milestone without previous steps to invest in geothermal energy and other conservation measures.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:41am EDT
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Navy rolls out new five-year cyber strategy

New plan charts the Navy's strategic objectives in cyber over the next five years, with 18-month measures of progress along the way.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:38pm EDT
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VA nominee vows transformation of veterans heath care

Dr. David Shulkin led a turnaround of New York's Beth Israel Hospital as part of a long career in private sector hospital administration. He said running the Department of Veterans Affairs' health system would be a far greater challenge, but assured senators that his skills are transferrable to the public sector.

Wednesday - 05/06/2015, 04:27am EDT
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DoD grants new security approvals to 23 cloud providers

On Monday, the Pentagon made good on its promise to make more use of the government's FedRAMP process, certifying 23 cloud products as secure enough to host DoD low-level data.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 05:21am EDT

OMB looks for new ways to modernize shared service centers' aging IT

The decision a decade ago to migrate agencies' payment functions into a few government mega-centers that specialize in HR and financial management has saved money and kept checks moving on time. But the IT systems backing those shared service centers are getting old, and no one's quite sure how to fund their replacements.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 03:44am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Consolidating agency payroll functions into just a handful of governmentwide service centers has been a shared services success story. But the Office of Management and Budget says there's a problem: in many cases, there's not enough funding to keep those centers' IT systems up to date. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, OMB hopes to have a fix for that within the next year.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 05:25pm EDT
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White House punts on military retirement reforms, House presses for changes

The Obama administration said Thursday that it not yet ready to express its views on key military compensation issues including health care and retirement, even after two years of study. A key House committee says retirement has been studied enough.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:20am EDT
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Army Reserve says it risks losing status as ‘operational' force

Reductions to training and modernization funding are already beginning to jeopardize the Army Reserve's place as an operational force within the Army, the reserve's top officer warned Congress Wednesday, threatening his force's ability to deploy in support of active duty troops.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 12:40pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Over the last two decades, the Army has made decisions to make its reserve forces "operational" ones. The reserves participate in contingencies around the world even in peacetime, instead of having the Army only call them up in emergencies. But the chief of the Army Reserve says funding cuts are already beginning to relegate his force to the "strategic" reserve of decades gone by. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:20pm EDT
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Military services cite advances in credentialing members for civilian jobs

An early series of pilot programs to translate military skills to private-sector credentials has blossomed into hundreds of projects across the military services, officials said Tuesday.

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:16am EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: House works on NDAA bill; Carter asked to probe alleged retaliation

In this week's Inside the Reporter's Notebook, language explicitly barring another BRAC round appeared last week in the House readiness subcommittee's contribution to the annual Defense authorization bill. The full House Armed Services Committee will begin to mark up the bill this week. The legislation would order DoD to draw up a 20-year plan that compares the force structure it expects to have with the precise categories of infrastructure it will need, indicating that lawmakers might be willing to consider some infrastructure consolidations once the department identifies where the excesses are in more granular detail.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 05:22am EDT

Pentagon's new cyber strategy looks to Silicon Valley

The cyber policy revisions, which Ashton Carter will announce during a speech at Stanford University, will be the first significant update since 2011, when the department issued its first-ever cyber strategy. Carter's visit to Silicon Valley is the first such trip in 20 years for a Defense secretary. Officials say the pilgrimage is meant to build tighter partnerships between DoD and the tech sector it depends on for cybersecurity and technology innovation.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 04:03am EDT
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DoD to miss 2017 audit deadline, says deputy chief management officer nominee

Peter Levine, the nominee to be the Pentagon's next deputy chief management officer, said he will need to choose his battles carefully over the next 18 months. His focus areas will include DoD headquarters spending and acquisition reform, he told senators Tuesday.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:08am EDT
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On DoD: Joseph Marshall, director of the Defense Health Agency business support directorate

The Defense Health Agency is the newest of the combat support organizations that provide services to all of the military departments.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 05:12pm EDT
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Pentagon disputes study finding lower vaccination rates for military kids

New research suggests military children are more likely to be under-immunized against preventable disease than the public at large. Defense officials dispute the findings, saying seemingly-low vaccination rates are due in part to shortcomings in data collection.

Friday - 04/17/2015, 11:30am EDT
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Congress deals with 'ultimate catch-22' on funding for VA's $1.7 billion Denver hospital

VA told Congress Wednesday that it wants to complete construction on its controversial hospital complex in Aurora, Colorado, by tapping into a fund that was supposed to cut down on patient wait times. Some members of Congress expressed frustration with the plan. "You've put us in the ultimate catch-22, because we don't want to go forward and we can't quit," Rep. David Roe told VA officials at yesterday's hearing.

Thursday - 04/16/2015, 04:40am EDT
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