Three Tricare health insurance plan options for military members and families would go down to just one under the White House budget proposal for the coming fiscal year.
President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposes $135.4 billion for research and development. The Defense Department would receive the largest chunk, about $64.4 billion.
The military says it needs $5.1 billion in appropriations this coming fiscal year to fully support cyberspace operations, of the offensive and defensive variety.
President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposal requests $495.6 billion in base funding for the Defense Department. That number includes $147.6 billion for the Navy, $137.7 billion for the Air Force and $120.3 billion for the Army.
"The federal government is not able to demonstrate the reliability of significant portions" of its consolidated financial statements for the last two years, the GAO says in a Feb. 27 report, citing material weaknesses in internal controls.
The federal information technology spending proposal for the coming fiscal year totals $79.1 billion, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said Tuesday during a call with reporters. It includes $35.4 billion for the Defense Department and $43.7 billion for civilian agencies. As always with OMB calculations about federal IT spending, that figure doesn't account for classified spending.
The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs lack credibility when they say their separate pursuit of electronic health record systems modernization is cheaper than a single EHR would have been, says the Government Accountability Office. A Feb. 27 report from the legislative watchdog also shows how promises of close cooperation in health IT the two departments made during the termination of a program to develop a joint system have been significantly undermined.
Cyber vulnerabilities in the commercial energy sector have the potential to directly affect military operations even aside from installations' almost near-total reliance on the private sector for electricity, says a security researcher.
Defense Department officials say the Defense Health Agency, which DoD stood up in October 2013 to streamline and centralize the military health system, is already realizing cost savings. But the Government Accountability Office says the department's numbers are fuzzy because it has no clear method for monitoring implementation costs.
The Defense Department isn't always accurate in its contribution to a federal website purporting to catalog major information technology programs, their current status and risk rating, acknowledged a senior Pentagon official.