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.
While the Defense Department has grown fond of referring to cyberspace as the new, fourth operational venue – along with sea, air and land – it does not warrant its own, independent branch of the armed services, said Vice Adm. Ted Branch, director of Naval Intelligence.
The Defense Department would see nearly $500 billion in discretionary funding in fiscal 2015 under a bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee June 10. The $491 billion spending bill (pdf) would increase DoD appropriations by $4.1 billion over the fiscal 2014 enacted level and $200 million more than President Obama's request.