Across-the-board sequestration cuts have hurt Defense Department's ability to provide congressionally required audit-readiness of the agency's budgetary resources for fiscal 2014, a June survey (.pdf) conducted by American Society of Military Comptrollers and Grant Thornton says.
The $638 billion National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2014 passed the House June 14 in a 315 to 108 vote . The House authorized $552.1 billion in overall spending for base national defense and an additional $85.8 billion in overseas contingency operations. The fiscal 2014 NDAA ( H.R. 1960 ) is consistent with the House passed budget which took money from non-defense budget to allow more money for defense while keeping overall spending below the Budget Control Act cap, according to an NDAA committee fact sheet.
A report (.pdf) accompanying the fiscal 2014 defense appropriations bill, which the committee approved June 12, says the current approach announced by departmental secretaries in February replaces the goal of a single, common EHR with the "as-of-yet unattainable goal of interoperability."
The House Appropriations Committee marked up the Defense Department spending bill June 12, blocking several amendments from Democrats. The $512.5 billion bill is $28 billion above defense spending caps set by sequestration and after markup remained free from any major changes from the bill passed June 6 by the House Appropriations subcommittee on defense. The bill also includes military construction and nuclear programs under the Energy Department.
For the military to get back to an acceptable readiness level, Congress must stop sequestration cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said while defending President Obama's fiscal 2014, $526.6 billion DoD budget request during a June 11 Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense hearing .
The Defense Department's preliminary cost estimate for its plan to relocate 9,000 Marines from of Okinawa, Japan,because it's missing costs and is based on limited data, a June 11 Government Accountability Office report says.
In an effort help soldiers better manage their combat nutrition, the Defense Department will allow hackers to create apps that soldiers can use to interact with nutritional data in a mobile environment. The event, the DoD's first mobile web hackathon , runs between June 28 at 6 p.m. and June 29 at 7 p.m. onsite at Hack/Reduce , a non-profit created to cultivate a community of Big Data experts in Boston, Mass. Winners will be announced July 3.
The House Armed Services Committee passed on June 6 their version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which specified $552.1 billion in overall spending for national defense and an additional $85.8 billion in overseas contingency operations. The bill ( H.R. 1960 ), would allocate $526.6 billion for Defense Department discretionary spending and $7.7 billion in mandatory funds.
Defense Knowledge Online went offline May 31, said the Army News Service in a June 3 post. The closure of DKO comes following 14 months of gradual transition to collaboration software hosted through the Defense Information Systems Agency's enterprise services.
The Defense Department made $1.1 billion in improper payments in 2011, a recently released May 13 Government Accountability Office report says. Improper payments include wrong payout for health benefits, retirement pay and travel reimbursement.