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Defense Consolidation: The End of In-Sourcing?

In March, the Government Accountability Office released a report updating long-term fiscal projections and predicting an “unsustainable” growth in the federal deficit – reaching World War II highs as early as 2020. To trim the budget, Robert M. Gates has cut $340 billion in life-cycle costs from the Pentagon’s long-term …

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DoD Puts Spotlight on CIO Award Winners

Following a high-profile pick for a new chief information officer at the Defense Department earlier this week, DoD officials named this year’s winners of the DoD Chief Information Officer awards. At a Pentagon ceremony Oct. 28, Deputy Chief Management Officer David Wennergren, who works in the office of the deputy …

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DHS Seeks Collaboration in IT

The Department of Homeland Security wants to increase collaboration on its IT projects, said DHS Chief Information Officer Richard Spires, continuing an ongoing theme of agency coordination Speaking before the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council, Spires said this new approach, known as enterprise governance, would bring together those who …

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DoD Picks CIO with Reformer Reputation

The Defense Department announced a new pick for chief information officer to lead DoD in a new direction following months of IT reorganization. Teri Takai, who previously served as the CIO of California, was originally nominated for her post in March. However, in September, her nomination was withdrawn because of …

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Industry Groups Reveal Fixes for Federal IT Projects

Two industry reports reveal several fixes for federal IT projects, which are often held back by policies and practices that are decades old, The Federal Times reports. TechAmerica’s solutions, presented in a report Monday, include better risk management, more robust oversight of programs and increased overall “agility,” according to the …

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Carey’s New Role at DoD

Navy Chief Information Officer Robert Carey announced he will replace David Wennergren as the Defense Department’s deputy CIO and deputy assistant secretary of defense for information management, Washington Technology reports. The website reports Carey will assume his new position starting Monday, Oct. 25. As CIO of the Navy, Carey oversaw efforts to use …

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DoD Unveils Information-Sharing Program

Information-sharing seems to be the name of the game in intelligence these days. And, just in time, the Defense Department announced the finishing touches on a new information-sharing program that will allow soldiers in the field to more easily access information systems. After four years of designing, developing and testing, …

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GSA Seeks Facebookers to Improve Social Media Timeline

They may not have the popularity of Facebook, but Gov 2.0 initiatives are making milestones. And now the feds are crowd-sourcing to meet and make new goals. David McClure, an associate administrator of the General Services Administration, presented a timeline of social media in government on a blog post on …

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DoD’s ‘Hybrid’ Cyber Policy

A top Defense Department official for cyber policy emphasized the need for collaboration across federal agencies and “hybrid models” to deal with cybersecurity. “For the past 14 months, we have been trying to continue to grow [U.S.] Cyber Command and its capabilities, at the same time looking at strategy and …

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