There needs to be close scrutiny of DoD's organizational chart and command structures, Hagel said. The way the military is run now dates back to the early years of the cold war and the last major re-organization was the Goldwater-Nichols Act, which focused on establishing a clear chain of command with little consideration given to cost or efficiency, Hagel said.
The Veterans Affairs and Defense departments should complete work on an integrated electronic health record as soon as possible, says a report from an Institute of Medicine task force.
At the Office of Management and Budget, 480 employees have received furlough notices, Carney said. He did not specify which other EOP offices notified their employees of upcoming furloughs. The EOP has also slowed new hiring and left open positions unfilled, he said. Components have reduced purchases of equipment and supplies, the use of air cards for Internet access, and staff travel.
Furloughs would happen over seven two-week pay periods until the end of September, when the current fiscal year ends, with employees likely to be told not to come to work for two days during each of those pay periods, according to the statement. The DoD is still working to figure out which employees would be exempt from furloughs.
The estimated cost of DoD's portfolio of major defense acquisition programs decreased by 10 programs and more than $152 billion from 2011 to 2012, the report said. Those decreases are largely the result of more programs exiting than entering the portfolio as well as reductions in procurement due to program cancelations and restructurings, the report said.
A Government Accountability Office review of Defense Department major information technology systems finds management problems in some key enterprise resource planning systems. The review (.pdf) is of 14 selected major automated information systems: IT projects that meet DoD size thresholds that characterize them as large, even by Defense standards.
Although the DoD is soliciting an electronic health record to replace its own legacy system, VA's Acting Chief Information Officer Stephen Warren says VistA isn't entirely off the table
Pinterest is among the three most popular social media tools and the fastest growing. Most importantly for the Navy, Pinterest users are creative, engaged and more than 60 percent are female--helping the service reach a non-traditional audience.
The Wireless Network Defense program won't create new communications waveform or tactical radio. Rather, it will "enable improvement in the robustness of the class of wireless networks that are being procured," providing a reliable foundation for future wireless system deployments as well, says DARPA.
The assessment tool the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments use to assess cognitive function after a head injury, the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metric, lacks clear scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness, says a report from an Institute of Medicine task force.