Despite the fact that Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall said there's a one-in-five chance the DoD will select a VistA-based technology for its electronic health record, the odds of the department making such a selection are hurt by a 2011 Gartner report (.pdf) commissioned by the VA and obtained by FierceGovernmentIT.
Unlike NASA and the Defense Department, the Homeland Security Department has no common definition for research and development, David Maurer of the Government Accountability Office said during a Senate hearing July 17.
Through their DPA authority, agencies can require private companies to prioritize government contracts over their other obligations, for the sake of national security or emergency response. The law, originally enacted in 1950, is set to expire in December 2014.
By 2030, healthcare will consume nearly 15 percent of the Defense Department budget, up from about 10 percent now, according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office. Carla Tighe Murray, senior analyst in the CBO's national security division, presented (.pdf) CBO's projections and suggestions at the Western Economic Association Conference in Seattle earlier this month.
Eleven percent of Defense Department sexual assault investigations contained significant deficiencies, a recently released July 9 DoD inspector general report says. The IG reviewed a random sample of 501 of the 2,263 closed sexual assault cases in 2010 and 53 of those cases were recognized as having significant deficiencies, the report says.
During a July 10 joint hearing of the House Veterans Affairs and Armed Services Committees, VA and Defense Department officials laid out plans to continue pursuing two separate electronic health record solutions with the ability to interoperate in the "near term." This plan, according to a congressional source, has the approval of Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel.
A temporary anti-Chinese manufacturer supply chain measure currently in force for a handful of major agencies would stay in effect through fiscal 2014 under a provision included in a subcommittee spending bill.
Layoffs could come to Defense Department in 2014 if sequestration continues, a July 10 letter (.pdf) DoD Secretary Chuck Hagel sent to the Senate Armed Services Committee says.
It wasn't until fiscal 1996 that Congress required the DoD to produce an auditable statement, and "originally, the department managers didn't believe that they needed audited financial data to carry out their responsibilities," Comptroller General Gene Dodaro told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The first annual Defense Department acquisition report showed there was no statistical correlation between the use of contract type and lower cost or schedule growth. Between 1970 and 2011, fixed-price contracts did not exhibit a significantly different cost growth than cost-reimbursable contracts, the June 28 report (.pdf) says.