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.
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.
The Defense Department's Tricare appeals decisions are overturned by the Defense Health Agency only 15 percent of the time, a June 4 DoD report to Congress says. Out of 124 cases that were appealed and finalized between fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2013, the DHA ruled to fully support the appeal in 106 cases, the report (pdf) says.
The Department of Defense needs to revamp the way it buys IT products and services, including changing rigid federal regulations, being open to more commercial competition and providing more training to the agency's acquisition workforce, to keep pace with rapid technological changes, an expert panel at the Brookings Institution said recently.
The Defense Department's chief information officer and deputy chief management officer will be sharing an even closer relationship as they try to tie technology and management together. Terry Halvorsen, DoD's acting CIO, said he and DCMO David Tillotson are going to be seamless in their approach.
The Department of Homeland Security has made major advancements in managing its IT programs and attracting and retaining its workforce, the agency's chief information officer said during a recent Senate hearing.
The massive number of unaccompanied children crossing the southwestern border has federal officials scrambling to provide enough people and space to deal with the crisis.
Impacts from climate change will not only affect local communities, but could also harm U.S. military readiness, a group of high-ranking retired military officers concluded in a recent study.
When Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, deputy commander for Cyber Command, arrived at CYBERCOM the focus was on keeping networks operational, not on challenging the network's resilience to an advanced persistent threat. The "red team" was never allowed to go after the Defense Department network in exercises, said Davis.
The Defense Department's acting chief information officer wants the department to be more creative in how it uses commercial data solutions. "That means that there's almost no data storage, data transmission, data exchange scenario we won't use," said Terry Halvorsen, DoD's acting CIO.