The Defense Department is moving forward with a program to evaluate military, civilian and contractor personnel with security clearances to see if they are actually eligible for those clearances, says a June 24 post by government transparency expert Steven Aftergood.
"Vastly, what we're seeing across the government is the realization that they've had a chance to input into those baselines – and it is a lot of controls, I won't deny that either – but you are actually going through and doing all of those controls versus agencies haven't been going through and doing those controls themselves," said Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP director.
As melting sea ice opens once blocked portions of the Arctic to commerce, the Defense Department is stepping up efforts to support other federal agencies' activities in the region as well as update plans and future needs.
The Defense Department and the General Services Administration could easily reduce excess property on military installations if the two agencies shared information better, says a June 18 Government Accountability Office audit.
The Defense Department and its components don't always audit the housing allowances they give to civilian employees overseas to make sure the allowances are valid, says a June 16 Government Accountability Office report.
The DoD has made progress in its nuclear weapons modernization plan, but key parts of the plan have been delayed for years, says a June 15 Government Accountability Office report.
The Army doesn't know how many soldiers it placed in civilian posts to help with reduced staff levels due to sequestration-related budget cuts, says a June 15 Government Accountability Office report.
"We have shared data between DoD and VA for a long time. But what we have not always done – and we are creating now – is a system for providers at the point of care…that natively integrates all of the data from both sides," said David Waltman, senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Health, during a June 11 demonstration of EHMP at VA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Most military service officials told the Government Accountability Office that once weapon system requirements are developed and handed off to the acquisition team, the requirements are frequently changed without any input from the officials who actually wrote the requirements.
The Senate last week approved an amendment (pdf) to the defense spending bill requiring the Pentagon and the VA to commit to a timeline for achieving interoperable medical records. The Interoperable...