The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded a mobile device management and mobile application store contract that will serve as the foundation of the Defense Department's mobile implementation plan, announced the agency in a June 28 statement.
The Defense Department has completed significantly more contractor performance assessments in recent years, in terms of both number and percentage, a report from the Government Accountability Office says. The report credits the improvements to several efforts, including expanded training.
Starting July 1, Defense Department subcontractors and whistleblowers who make internal complaints will be covered under a new provision in the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The new protection in section 827 of the NDAA (.pdf) will only be applicable to contracts made on or after July 1 or task orders on existing contracts that are made after July 1.
The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments are working on a mobile application that will complement the integrated electronic health record, said Kathleen Frisbee, director of web and mobile solutions at VA.
The Senate committee overseeing the Defense Department says the position of departmental chief information officer should be folded into the duties of the deputy chief management officer and the position of the DCMO elevated in authority to the level of undersecretary of defense.
A recently created military software open source foundation received its first major chunk of code when Lockheed Martin donated in May middleware software used in Distributed Common Ground System, a military data analysis tool the subject of mounting controversy. The middleware is the Distributed Data Framework, a core component of the DCGS Integration Backbone, version 4.
Estimates that the Defense Department used to assess the need for future rounds of Base Realignment and Closure were based on flawed methods, a report from the Government Accountability Office says. The department produced reports in 1998 and 2004 that estimated excess base capacity to be 23 percent and 24 percent, respectively.
The Senate Armed Services Committee marked up its version of the fiscal 2014 national defense authorization act, laying out $625.1 billion in proposed spending for the Defense Department and defense activities of the Energy Department.
The revolving account used to finance the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Investigative Service security clearance investigation has never been audited and there is no governmentwide guidance on what constitutes a proper security clearance check, agency officials said in a June 20 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and the federal workforce hearing.
If White House proposed legislation to cap reimbursment for contractor executive pay at the president's salary is enacted for cost reimbursment contracts, few small contractors would be affected but for larger contractors reducing the cap would dramatically increase the number of employees with pay above the cap, a June 19 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf) says.