Agency News: Department of Defense


Rising Star: Shayla Parker

Shayla Parker, assistant product director in the Army's Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems, led the implementaton of a system that is part of the troop deployment process.

Rising Star: Chris Ogden

As an incident response analyst at Creative Computing Solutions, Ogden implemented a workflow process undergirding cybersecurity support.

Sequstration could cut off some suppliers for agencies

Agencies rely on small firms for their operations, but many of those companies don't have the cushion to survive harsh cutbacks from sequestration.

Rising Star: Tara Miner

As Acquisition Management Analyst at the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems, Miner prepared a detailed acquisition document necessary to comply with a congressional mandate.

DOD interpreting labor rate cap too strictly, group claims

A law requires Defense agencies to try to keep labor and overhead rates charged by contractors to 2010 levels, but a contractor advocate says the department has more leeway than it realizes.

Army gears up for new round in battle of the smart phones

Mobile devices including iPads and Android phones can be suitable for soldiers to use, but they have to pass muster for security.

DOD officials cautiously tout progress in financial management reform

Meeting Leon Panetta's aggressive timeline is a daunting challenge, but DOD officials say the effort is advancing.

OFPP lets DOD deal with pricing complexities first

Officials have to make a judgment call on whether to take the lower price now and potentially pay more later on when problems arise from minimal quality work.

Former top DOD officials skewer Congress over sequestration

In a rare joint appearance, two former DOD leaders to take Congress to task for exacerbating the top U.S. threats: budget cuts and the national debt.

Military commanders want to choose their own battlefield apps

The DOD attributes a drop in Afghanistan casualties to better intelligence, but some military commanders want to choose their own systems to reduce losses further.

Battlefield rotations could be bad for contract management

In war zones, contract personnel are often just getting familiar with their work when it's time to go home.

Data-sharing is good ... when agencies do it right

Agencies understand the importance of sharing information, but it still can be difficult to do well. Two new reports document some of the reasons.

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