The Defense Department should not use monetary incentives as a model for wellness assessment programs for TRICARE beneficiaries, says a new report. It suggests Defense search for methods that change behaviors between appointments as well as focus TRICARE efforts on education about chronic diseases.
Baker's resignation notice comes shortly after the secretaries of the DoD and the VA announced the end of iEHR development. An insider who spoke on condition of anonymity said Baker's departure is voluntary and not directly tied to the iEHR decision, although the rolling back of a project identified closely with him was a factor. "He's exhausted," the insider said.
Assistance to French and African forces fighting extremists in northern Mali will not include deployment of U.S. combat troops, State and Defense department officials said last Thursday. In addition, the DoD is not considering deploying unmanned aerial vehicles at this time, said Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Amanda Dory.
President Obama will take executive action to launch this year the first three of the 15 manufacturing innovation centers proposed during his State of the Union address. These three will "focus on manufacturing technologies that also address critical national security and energy needs."
Although DoD established a planning committee in 2010 to coordinate the efforts of organizations conducting combat casualty care research and issued a final charter in January identifying members' respective roles and responsibilities, the GAO says the lack of coordination persists.
Adoption of the cybersecurity framework called for by an executive order on cybersecurity signed by President Obama on Feb. 12 might not be voluntary for companies regulated by federal agencies with authority to require adoption--specifically those "agencies with responsibility for regulating the security of critical infrastructure," the executive order says.
"The cloud of uncertainly hanging over our nation's defense affairs is already having lasting and irreversible effects," Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee. Defense contractors are cutting internal investments and losing outside investment as sequestration looms, and it has become harder for them to attract and retain workers, he said.
Although the Defense Department has improved its strategic management plan to better manage the billions of dollars it spends annually on business operations, ir still needs to incorporate some key information in order to realize the business transformation goals, says a Feb. 12 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf).
A checklist of mobile device security standards to guide agencies on when to allow or restrict data and who that data can be shared with will be published this May, said panelists at a recent ACT-IAC event. The standards will provide recommendations for securing the devices for common uses in multiple types of environments.
Service members and their domestic partners will have to sign a written declaration of their partnership in order to participate in the nearly two dozen benefits, which include child care, recreation programs, legal assistance, and compensation for dependents of members held captive.