The omnibus appropriations bill likely to fund federal agencies for the remainder of the fiscal year includes $447 million for Cyber Command, states a House Appropriations Committee summary (.pdf)....
The program executive office within the Defense Information Systems Agency responsible for network security and operations adopted late last year the Ozone Widget Framework as its default presentation layer for situational awareness, said its deputy chief technology officer. The OWF is a National Security Agency-developed framework for development of lightweight widgets to run in a browser.
The omnibus appropriations bill unveiled Monday includes a 1 percent pay increase to some federal workers and restores full pensions to some working age military retirees. The Postal Service would continue delivering mail six days a week under a provision in the bill. It also blocks the agency from closing small and rural post offices in fiscal 2014.
Focus groups held at three of the military academies revealed that cadets and midshipmen are reluctant to report sexual assault or harassment, a Jan. 8 report from the Defense Department says.
A mix of benefits cuts and military force reductions at the Defense Department could drastically reduce the Pentagon budget, said Congressional Budget Office analyst Carla Tighe Murray to a group of government workers and federal budget experts.
The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs face a Dec. 31, 2016 deadline for deploying modernized electronic health record systems following passage of the fiscal 2014 national defense authorization act into law.
Conference spending dropped by almost 90 percent across four agencies since 2010, a Jan. 3 staff report from Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) says. The report (.pdf) example conference spending at the Defense Department, Veterans Affairs Department, General Service Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.
The Defense Department formalized the change to extend military benefits to spouses of legally married same sex couple in an interim rule issued Jan. 6.
The Defense Department's dedication to offensive cyberspace capabilities--anywhere from 2.5 to 4 times greater than defensive measures when measured by research dollars--rests on a false set of assumptions, said Peter Singer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
With the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama Dec. 26, small businesses will get help securing contracts through two new provisions. The NDAA, which included 80 amendments, clears the Pentagon to spend $527 billion in base funding and $80 billion for overseas contingency operations.