The Department of Defense (DoD) is a department of the federal government and has three main components: The departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The DoD is housed in the Pentagon building. The department's roles and limits are contained in Title 10 of the US Code. This section of the law has five components: Subtitle A refers to General Military Law, Subtitle B to the Army, Subtitle C to the Navy and the Marine Corps, Subtitle D to the Air Force and Subtitle E to Military Reserves. Important agencies within the DoD include the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), National Security Agency (NSA), the Missile Defense Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The DoD receives the largest portion of each year's federal discretionary spending budget. 

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Report: VA and DoD don't know outcomes of PTSD treatment

The agencies responsible for serving military members with post traumatic stress disorder don't know if the treatment programs are working, a June 20 Institute of Medicine report says. The Defense Department and the Veterans Affairs Department spent $294 million and about $3 billion respectively in 2012 on PTSD treatment programs.

OMB proposes eliminating 74 agency reports

The Office of Management and Budget Wednesday identified 74 agency reports that could be eliminated to reduce agencies' workload and save money. Those 74 reports come after OMB identified 35 reports to be eliminated back in 2012. But Congress has to act to actually eliminate the reports

GAO: US counterterrorism program in West Africa needs to better track, manage, report funds

The primary U.S. counterterrorism program in northwest Africa – where terrorist groups including al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Boko Haram operate – has spent about $140 million since 2009, but program managers were unable to easily provide data on the status of the funds, a congressional investigation has found.

DoD seeks mobile application support, commercial device guidance

A pair of notices posted to FedBizOpps June 20 show the DoD is looking to purchase enterprise apps at a discount to host on its app store as well as gather strategies for fostering custom mobile app development. It also has a number of questions about how to best support commercial mobile devices while ensuring compliance with National Security Agency security and privacy standards.

GAO: DoD didn't take steps to ensure contactor pay was correct

The Defense Department didn't fully implement the steps required to make sure contractor pay was correct, a June 23 Government Accountability Office report says. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service is responsible for processing and disbursing nearly $200 billion annually in contract payments for the DoD, the report says.

GAO: DoD mismanaging Tricare contractor transition program

The Defense Department's inadequate guidance and insufficient oversight of its Tricare program led to problems with healthcare delivery, a June 18 Government Accountability Office report says. "The recent transition of TRICARE's managed care support contractors in the West region did not go smoothly and highlighted numerous deficiencies in guidance and oversight by the Tricare Management Activity – the DoD's office responsible for awarding and managing these contracts at the time of GAO's review," the GAO said.

GAO: State Department counterterrorism program in Africa needs strengthening

A State Department regional bureau, which manages a $104 million U.S. counterterrorism program in East Africa, lacks sufficient financial and operational data to determine whether plans and goals are being met, congressional investigators said.

DoD EHR 'substantially' defined in latest draft RFP

After several draft versions, a request for proposal for the Defense Department's highly-anticipated electronic health record is taking shape. Draft solicitations for the DoD's Healthcare Management System Modernization, or DHMSM, have been updated several times since DoD  issued its first acquisition draft document  in January.

GAO: DoD's $1B cost savings estimate from 2013 civilian furloughs not that accurate

Although the Department of Defense said it saved about $1 billion from furloughing civilian workers to meet sequestration last year, congressional investigators said the estimate was not as accurate as it could have been.

Kendall: Superior Supplier Incentive Program extending to Air Force and Army

The Navy Department's Superior Supplier Incentive Program, a pilot program launched as part of the Defense Department's Better Buying Power initiative, will be adopted broadly across the department, said a top DoD official.