The Defense Health Agency is focused on preparing infrastructure for its forthcoming, new electronic health record. The Defense Department plans to award an $11 billion contract early this summer for its Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization.
New conference rules, adopted in response to spending scandals over the last few years, caused a decline in attendance at federal science and technology conferences, says a March 4 Government Accountability Office report.
Leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps took up the charge to warn against the problems facing the DoD if sequestration-related cuts stay in place for next fiscal year, in a March 10 statement.
Pentagon officials once again pushed Congress for another round of base realignment and closures, promising that the plan would save the Defense Department big money.
Federal spending on government contracts decreased in 2014, with the Defense Department seeing the biggest overall decline, according to a March 3 report from Govini, a business consulting company for government contractors. Govini, each year, releases a federal scorecard that tallies and analyzes data on federal contract spending and agency performance.
The Defense Department doesn't have the information to determine the cost or performance of its non-major acquisition programs, says a March 2 Government Accountability Office report. These non-major programs, called category II and III programs, range from a multibillion dollar aircraft radar modernization program to soldier clothing and protective equipment programs in the tens of millions of dollars, the report says.
Two house lawmakers have introduced a bill that would undo cuts the Defense Department made to travel per diems last year, says a Mar. 2 statement from Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.). Kilmer and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) seek through the bill to roll back a DoD policy implemented last November that reduced the reimbursement rates by 25 percent for trips or temporary duty up to 180 days. It also reduced the meal and lodging per diem by 45 percent of what it used to be, the statement says.
While the Defense Department has begun some experimentation with 3D printing, it will not leverage the technology's full potential unless it establishes a coordinating body or "3D printing czar" to oversee efforts department wide, according to a new paper from a technology and policy think tank.
The Department of Defense will be buying an electronic health record that's the equivalent of a 20-year contract for 1999's "state of the art" Blackberry service if it procures a closed, proprietary EHR system that can't respond to technological advances and changes in the marketplace, according to a new white paper released by the Center for a New American Security.
The Government Accountability Office said the DoD programs it surveyed took more than two years completing information requirements that might be reviewed by as many as 56 stakeholders across eight organizational levels above the program office.