The Department of Defense (DoD) is a department of the federal government and has three main components: The departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The DoD is housed in the Pentagon building. The department's roles and limits are contained in Title 10 of the US Code. This section of the law has five components: Subtitle A refers to General Military Law, Subtitle B to the Army, Subtitle C to the Navy and the Marine Corps, Subtitle D to the Air Force and Subtitle E to Military Reserves. Important agencies within the DoD include the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), National Security Agency (NSA), the Missile Defense Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The DoD receives the largest portion of each year's federal discretionary spending budget. 

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DoD inks MDM, app store contract potentially costing $16M

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.

DoD steps up contractor performance assessments

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.

DoD subcontractor whistleblowers now protected

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.

VA-DoD integrated health app coming, says VA official

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.

SASC proposes folding DoD CIO into DCMO

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.

Major part of DCGS now open source

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.

Pre-BRAC estimates of excess base capacity were flawed, GAO says

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.

Senate lays out $625.1 billion for the National Defense Authorization Act

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.

Contractor who cleared Snowden's background check under investigation, OPM IG says

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.

Obama pay cap proposal would mostly affect large contractors, GAO says

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.