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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Department of Veterans Affairs is out with a new procurement to fix its patient scheduling system -- the one it's been using since 1986 -- and the one that staffers used to manipulate data on patient waiting times in Phoenix and in several other locations across the country. VA wants to buy a commercial off-the-shelf solution to do the job, but it's estimating it'll cost up to $700 million. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose why in this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook.

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Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:04pm EST
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DoD's 'vertical integration,' effort to further pare administrative costs

Two early pilot programs have shown the Pentagon that it can reduce overhead spending by carefully studying its excess costs rather than cutting each office's budget by an arbitrary figure. Once expanded across DoD's support agencies, the savings could run into the billions.

Tags: DoD , budget , deputy chief management officer , chief information officer , Terry Halvorsen , Robert Work , Defense One ,

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:54am EST

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon will work to cut its administrative costs, but this time around, officials would like to do it much more surgically than they have in the past. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has more on DoD's plans for a "vertically integrated" approach to reductions at the Pentagon and it agencies.

Tags: In Depth , DoD

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 03:05pm EST

Never mind sequestration, Pentagon to seek budget boost in 2016

The Defense Department already had telegraphed that it would request more money than sequestration allows for in 2016. But the military's top officer said Wednesday that new missions involving Ebola, the Islamic State and Russia likely will push DoD's funding request even higher.

Tags: DoD , budget , OMB , sequestration , Martin Dempsey , Ray Odierno , Defense One , Mike McCord , management ,

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 05:01am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

New missions the Defense Department has taken on in the past year strengthen the resolve of Pentagon leaders to ask Congress to bust its budget caps. The Pentagon has already made clear that it doesn't believe sequestration-level budgets in 2016 and beyond will provide enough money to run the military effectively. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.

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Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 04:24pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy's top officer says the rapid pace of technological change means his service can't afford to buy ships in acquisition programs that one single vendor builds and integrates any more. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports, the service sees an agile acquisition process that builds modular, adaptable systems in its future.

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Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:25pm EST
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Navy looks to open architectures, modular systems to build its fleet

Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the chief of naval operations, said his service needs to pivot away from large, proprietary shipbuilding programs, citing the need for more flexible, adaptable platforms.

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Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 01:08pm EST
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VA fails cybersecurity audit for 16th straight year

The Veterans Affairs Department will not receive the final results for its 2014 FISMA audit until next spring, but auditors already have informed IT officials that they've identified material weaknesses for the 16th year in a row. Department IT officials say progress on closing IG recommendations and securing their systems and data is real.

Tags: Veteran Affairs , cybersecurity , FISMA , continuous readiness in information security program , Stephen Warren , technology , House Veterans Affairs Committee ,

Monday - 11/17/2014, 03:46am EST
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Army Corps of Engineers embraces uncertainty in planning for climate change

The Army Corps of Engineers' strategy for building more resilient civil works infrastructure involves planning for more unpredictable weather events, and treating watersheds as integrated systems instead of a collection of standalone projects.

Tags: DoD , Army Corps of Engineers , civil works , climate change , Thomas Bostick ,

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 02:26pm EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs just found out that independent auditors have given their IT security program a failing grade for the 16th year in a row. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has details on the security shortcomings and what VA says it's doing to fix them.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , IT security , DoD , In Depth , Francis Rose

Friday - 11/14/2014, 04:25pm EST
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