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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,

Tags: In Depth

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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Despite Obama directive, agencies maintain ad-hoc approach to unclassified information

Congressional report points to misuse of TSA's "sensitive security information" designation for unclassified agency data.

Tags: Congress , information security , controlled unclassified information , TSA , Annmarie Lontz , John Mica , Darrell Issa , Patrice McDermott , John Fitzpatrick ,

Friday - 05/30/2014, 12:00pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The U.S. Cyber Command says it cannot do the whole job all by itself. Cyber Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency are in talks to give DISA more of the day-to-day responsibilities for defending Defense networks from cyber threats. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.

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Thursday - 05/29/2014, 09:40am EDT
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U.S. Cyber Command wants DISA to take greater role in DoD cyber defense

Under a construct that's still under discussion, the Defense Information Systems Agency would take charge of some portion of DoD's cyber defenses under a new Joint Force Headquarters.

Tags: DoD , DISA , U.S. Cyber Command , Michael Rogers , Edward Cardon , AFCEA , workforce , cybersecurity , management ,

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 03:46am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

DARPA launches its latest challenge program next week. It's called the Cyber Grand Challenge, and its goal is to completely transform the way computer network defense works. Over the course of two years, teams will try to build automated systems that can find and fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities so quickly that even the best human hackers in the world can't defeat them. Michael Walker is a former hacker who's now the program manager for DARPA's latest challenge. He talked about it with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu during a demonstration day at the Pentagon last week.

Tags: DoD , DARPA , In Depth

Wednesday - 05/28/2014, 06:20am EDT
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DoD finalizing tech specs for Joint Information Environment

DoD's Joint Technical Synchronization Office is still working through thousands of comments from hundreds of engineers across the military, but the department is hoping to have a solid technical framework for the Joint Information Environment in place by the end of this year.

Tags: DoD , technology , cybersecurity , Joint Information Environment , Joint Staff , Defense Information Systems Agency , Mark Bowman , Brian Dravis , David Stickley ,

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 04:40am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department has spent years on a blueprint for what it says will eventually become a single, standards-based IT environment. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu says the department expects to have all the technical standards on paper by the end of the year. Read Jared's related article.

Tags: DoD , JIE

Tuesday - 05/27/2014, 07:34am EDT
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Both houses of Congress deal blows to DoD's cost-cutting proposals

The House passed its version of the annual defense authorization bill Thursday, while the Senate's is still a work in progress. Both versions mostly shun DoD's proposals to cut costs during sequestration.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , Carl Levin , James Inhofe , Buck McKeon , Adam Smith , sequestration , DoD ,

Friday - 05/23/2014, 03:32am EDT
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