The new commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service endorses a controversial House proposal that would enlist online commercial marketplaces like Amazon to let the government buy commercial goods.
The top two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee are floating a proposal that would finally allow another round of military base closures several years from now. Here’s how it would work.
The Defense Department has started testing one potential technology to replace the Common Access Card. This one purports to identify users by the ways in which they manipulate their mouse and type on their keyboards.
The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act cuts funding for several software programs the panel sees as underperforming, and implements what congressional officials say are corrective measures to DoD’s IT buying habits.
House and Senate committees are looking to permanently fix a program for military widows by hiking prescription fees for TRICARE beneficiaries.
The Senate has confirmed six officials to serve in Pentagon leadership positions within the past month. But for 35 of DoD’s 53 politically-appointed jobs, there still is no nominee.
The Defense Department is taking a new look at the rules it applies to contracts with commercial cloud computing providers. The Pentagon’s acting CIO wants staff to examine whether vendors’ own security controls could replace DoD’s requirement for government-operated cloud access points.
The Pentagon’s new comptroller says the department will meet it statutory deadline to become “audit ready” by the start of Fiscal 2018. But there’s little chance DoD will pass an audit in its first year.
The Navy’s 2018 budget request includes a billion more dollars and a thousand new employees to help the service dig out of an ongoing ship maintenance backlog. Trouble is, the Navy’s current training regimen for new depot maintenance workers takes about five years before they’re ready to work, and officials say they need to find ways to speed that process up.
James MacStravic, who’s performing the duties of undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics plans to spend the next year driving DoD toward better performance in IT acquisition, including by reducing the number of departmentwide policies on the topic.
Navy’s personnel IT budget rises by 77 percent in 2018 and is expected to more than double by 2020 to support a “transformation” of the personnel system dubbed Sailor 2025.
Besides proportioning DoD’s appropriations into roughly the same accounts officials had asked for, the plan includes a 2.1 percent pay raise for both military members and civilians.
As agencies begin to implement the EO over the next eight months, the potential elimination of various carve-outs is going to be the most interesting thing to watch — and the thing that most worries the folks who pay close attention to Defense technology procurement.
The Navy’s top officer says he remains convinced that the global security landscape will demand “more Navy,” over the next few decades, but his service appears to be tempering its appetite for exactly how much more, at least when measured in numbers of ships and people.
The nation’s number-two military officer added himself to the list of Defense officials who’ve expressed unease about taking funds away from the State Department as one way to pay for a $54 billion plus-up in military spending.