A major restructuring effort is underway at the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his plan to streamline the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Secretary Hagel said the 2,400 personnel at OSD today will shrink to less than 2,200 by Fiscal 2019. Sharon Burke, assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, was Francis Rose’s guest for Pentagon Solutions today.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering his office to downsize to absorb the budget cuts from sequestration. About 200 military and civilian employees will be cut over the next five years. Speaking to reporters from the Pentagon earlier today, Hagel said the goal is to reach a smaller and flatter Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Ed Meagher Vice President for Veterans Affairs and Military Health Programs SRA International
Several hundred war fighters will spend the holidays recuperating at Walter Reed instead of at home with their families. Operation Covert Santa makes that time easier for those war fighters and their families, who may spend the holidays in an unfamiliar city with no idea where to shop and with no time or resources to do it. Ed Meagher, vice president for Veterans Affairs and Military Health Programs at SRA International, is also former deputy assistant secretary and deputy chief information officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Senate looks set to pass the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act next week. FITARA would be the first major rewrite of federal acquisition and technology management rules in a decade. But some current and former federal officials are wondering if the proposed changes would stifle the ability of CIOs to lead innovation. Paul Brubaker is director of planning and performance management for the Defense Department’s deputy chief management officer. Mark Forman is CEO of Government Transaction Services and former White House e-government administrator. Both also played key roles in writing the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act, which currently governs federal IT management. In part two of their interview, Brubaker and Forman tell Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller about agencies need a better path toward innovation.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel moved today to eliminate some high-level Pentagon positions, consolidate offices and change the responsibilities of a number of organizations within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. As Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, it’s part of Hagel’s pledge to reduce the Pentagon’s headquarters headcount by 20 percent.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006 as the producer and news anchor of the station’s morning drive program, the Federal Drive. He launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.