The Defense Department has made some progress in implementing congressionally mandated financial management strategies, but there's some disagreement over how many goals the DoD has actually met, according to a Sept. 28 Government Accountability Office report.
Officials from the Defense Department and Intelligence community said they aren't confident a broad agreement on cybersecurity signed by President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be a successful deterrence measure in cyberspace.
While the Office of Small Business Programs within the Defense Department isn't required to educate small businesses on cybersecurity, the Government Accountability Office said officials there recognize that cybersecurity is "an important and timely issue."
The Office of Personnel Management said five times more people had their fingerprint data stolen as part of recent breaches than it initially thought.
The Defense Health Agency issued a request for information for hosting services that support its health record modernization program through the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, or SPAWAR, on Sept. 21.
A Washington, D.C.-based think tank said DoD's current use of IoT technologies is focused on combat applications, but such technologies are also used in noncombat settings such as the use of radio frequency identification tags to track shipments and manage inventories.
Hoping to tap into the business and mission benefits of co-locating Defense Department data with the data of its contractors, DoD is crafting a hybrid cloud computing strategy that would allow commercial cloud providers to serve non-government clients on infrastructure that is physically located at military facilities.
Of the 27 agencies that are required to submit reinvestment plans – including one-time and ongoing plans – to the Office of Management and Budget, only five had fully implemented such guidance while the remaining 22 agencies have partially implemented it.
The Defense Department is working with Silicon Valley to bolster cybersecurity with a specific focus on automating the detection of and reaction to "zero-day" attacks on defense networks, according to Richard Hale, DoD's deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity.
A Defense Department draft proposal obtained by the American Federation of Government Employees reveals that the Pentagon plans to reclassify its civilian workforce from the General Schedule system to one run solely by DoD.