An official review of what went wrong with the Air Force's canceled Expeditionary Combat Support System enterprise resourcing planning effort found problems including a failure of the Air Force to understand its own data, no clear picture on exactly how many legacy systems ECSS was meant to replace, and a confused governance structure.
The Defense Department may now officially exclude contractors or subcontractors from receiving information technology contracts based on the risk their supply chain poses to national security systems.
The White House says it interprets proposed legislative language regarding Defense Department supervision of cloud computing solutions for intelligence analysis as not "intending to supersede" an ongoing intelligence community unified cloud architecture effort.
The rule is smaller in scope than the proposed rule the Defense Department put forth in June 2011; it proposed controls for any data tagged with a "for official use only" or similar marker. The final rule only pertains to "unclassified controlled technical information," which means technical data or computer software (as defined in the Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement, section 252.227-7013).
The nominee to fill the vacancy atop the Homeland Security Department said his immediate priority as secretary would be to help fill other key positions throughout the department.
The first draft of a request for proposals for the modernized Defense Department electronic health record is set for release in January, the newly-installed head of the DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization Program told an industry audience Nov. 13.
The Defense Department will begin using its mobile device management system and mobile application store by the end of the year, said DoD Public Affairs Officer Lt Col Damien Pickart. Digital Management, Inc., the Bethesda, Md.-based contractor that won the contract June 27, will provide the department with initial operating capability no later than Dec. 31.
It can be difficult to connect sequestration to specific impacts at the Defense Department with so many other variables at play, the Government Accountability Office says. For the first half of fiscal 2013, before sequestration went into effect, DoD was operating under a continuing resolution, which already affected its budget authority and flexibility, the GAO notes in a Nov. 7 report.
The fate of the fourteen C-27J aircraft the Coast Guard hopes to inherit from the Air Force remains undecided, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Top military officers warned that sequestration would reduce manpower and cause higher U.S. casualty rates in a Nov. 7 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Through 2021, Defense Department sequestration cuts will total of $480 billion.