Defense Department acquisition managers should routinely take measures to reduce cost, but those savings shouldn't come at the expense of long-term degradation of effectiveness, says an Aug. 6 DoD memo (.pdf) clarifying the Better Buying Power initiative. Better Buying Power, which was launched in 2010, provides a set of best practices to improve acquisition through cost control and the "elimination of unproductive processes and bureaucracy."
Defense Department auditors are faulting a Navy Department enterprise license agreement for Microsoft Software for accepting license terms they say weren't in the best interest of the department.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel should explore cuts to readiness as a way to cope with smaller military budgets, said Mackenzie Eaglen, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, during a Brookings Institution event Aug. 6.
The Defense Department reduced the number of furlough days for civilian employees from 11 days to 6 days, an Aug. 6 DoD press release says. Due to sequestration, the DoD faced $37 billion in spending cuts. The DoD submitted a large reprogramming proposal to Congress in May, asking them to let the DoD move funds from acquisition accounts into day-to-day operating accounts, the press release says.
The first increment of the Joint Information Environment achieved initial operational capability on July 31, the Defense Information Systems Agency says in an Aug. 5 statement.
The Government Accountability Office is again urging the Defense Department to adopt an open system approach to weapons system development even while acknowledging that the Pentagon would have to undertake extra work to do so. When it comes specifically to UAV development, auditors say that of the DoD's 10 largest UAV systems, only three, all developed by the Navy Department, took an open system approach at the start of development.
In the past year, costs for six enterprise resource planning systems the Defense Department office of inspector general says are key to producing auditable financial statements haven't been stable, shows data collected by auditors in a new report.
The Defense Department could limit pay raises and cut troop numbers and weapons programs among other cuts to deal with the possibility of $52 billion in defense spending cuts in fiscal 2014 due to sequestration, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a July 31 press conference at the Pentagon.
Perceptions about the information technology security authorization process as being archaic and bureaucratic aren't keeping pace with a shift to a risk-based approach being fostered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Defense Department, said Ron Ross, a NIST cybersecurity official.
Federal agencies that fund at least $1 billion in outside research each year would create new grant programs to help transfer federally funded research into the marketplace, under a draft bill being considered by a House subcommittee.