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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Striking a balance between rewarding high performers and maintaining competition has been tricky for the Department of Defense. But they think they finally have the balance right. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu shared the latest developments from this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook on In Depth with Francis Rose.

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Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:54pm EDT
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Navy looks to vendors for rapid upgrades to NMCI network

By September, the Navy anticipates it will have retaken full ownership of its main IT network after having outsourced it a decade earlier. The service says it wants to find ways to bring innovation into NMCI, but vendors will have to meet some checkpoints along the way.

Tags: DoD , Navy , technology , NMCI , NGEN , AFCEA , Michael Abreu , industry

Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:21am EDT
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Navy issues first contract under new data center consolidation plan

IBM wins first contract in Navy's new "tiered" approach to data center consolidation. The service plans to award several more contracts between now and the end of fiscal 2014.

Tags: DoD , Navy , data center consolidation , IBM , Ted Branch , Janice Haith , John Pope , Randy Darrow , technology

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 11:39am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Navy has just awarded the first of what it says will be several contracts aimed toward resetting its data center consolidation efforts. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the service wasn't happy with the progress it was making up until now, and the new plan will lean heavily on commercial hosting providers. Read Jared's related story.

Tags: Navy , DoD , In Depth

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 04:26pm EDT
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DHS cancels $6 billon program to detect bioweapons, with no Plan B

After six years, the Department of Homeland Security decided in April to abandon its strategy to upgrade biological weapon detection equipment in large U.S. cities. But there is no backup plan so far, and the current system won't last much longer. To date, DHS says it has actually expended only $61 million on Biowatch 3, and officials told the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday that they are moving quickly to come up with a new acquisition plan.

Tags: DHS , Congress , BioWatch , GAO , Chris Currie , Reginald Brothers , Deena Disraelly ,

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 04:36am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Homeland Security Department says it's fixed the structural problems that doomed a $6 billion program it killed six weeks ago. DHS designed that program to upgrade biological weapons detectors in American cities. Even if DHS has fixed that program's problems, Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu says it's not clear how the department will screen for bioterrorist attacks going forward. Read Jared's related article.

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Tuesday - 06/10/2014, 03:32pm EDT
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On DoD: William LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition

Dr. William LaPlante, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition is Jared Serbu's guest for the full hour on this edition of On DoD. LaPlante talks with Jared about his five top priorities' for Air Force acquisition.

Tags: On DoD , Air Force , DoD , William LaPlante

Wednesday - 06/04/2014, 04:56pm EDT
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD drills down on service contracting; a controversial decision on contractor pay

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is a bi-weekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Submit your ideas, suggestions and news tips to Jared via email.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , contracting , William LaPlante , Alan Chvotkin , industry , VistA ,

Monday - 06/02/2014, 04:15am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Pentagon freely admits that it's a whole lot better at buying weapons than it is at buying services. But since it's now spending more money on services than it is on products, it's time to get serious about service contracts. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu writes about that topic in this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook,

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Friday - 05/30/2014, 05:28pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Four years after President Barack Obama signed an executive order telling agencies to settle on one standard for handling unclassified information, agencies are still applying their own labels and their own rules to withhold information from the public. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: Federal Drive

Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:40pm EDT
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