Darwin McDaniel

Watchdog: Joint Oversight Needed to Better Manage DoD’s Prepositioned Stock Programs

The Government Accountability Office has called on the Pentagon to implement joint oversight of military services’ pre-positioned stock programs to improve management of supplies across the world. The Department of Defense has been failing to synchronize how each service branch manages deployed supplies and equipment, which could lead to duplication of effort and inefficiency, GAO said in a new report issued Thursday

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Pentagon Watchdog: DoD Heads Showing Interest in Next Agency Audit

The Department of Defense’s inspector general said there's a growing interest across the Pentagon to conduct another agency-wide audit following the first assessment that found pervasive weaknesses, Federal News Network reported Thursday. Carmen Malone, deputy assistant IG for audit and financial management readiness at DoD, said defense officials now understand the impact of the audit.

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Report: VA Fails to Meet Savings, Cost Targets for Data Center Consolidation

A new watchdog report shows the Department of Veterans Affairs failed to meet the required savings and cost avoidance during its data center consolidation efforts in fiscal year 2018. The agency did not meet the $85.3M target set by the Office of Management and Budget, the VA Office of Inspector General said its audit report issued Wednesday.

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Fix Begins for DoD’s Vulnerable Health Records System

The Department of Defense began working to fix the cybersecurity vulnerabilities discovered in its new electronic health records system, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. DoD formed a working group to fix the Military Healthcare System Genesis that was found last fall as “not survivable” when hit with staged attacks by military hackers and information technology specialists. 

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Naval Research Lab Signs Partnership With Tech Incubator to Boost Innovation

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory established a partnership with a network of developers, startups and investors to boost the Navy’s access to the tech market for future naval capabilities. NRL said Wednesday that it will help Navy researchers understand the culture, mindset and tools being used by tech startups to develop their products. 

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Rep. Jim Langevin Calls on Congress to Limit Committees with Cyber Oversight

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., said Congress should reduce the nearly 80 groups of lawmakers that have authority over cyber issues to speed up the decision making process, Nextgov reported Tuesday. He's requested congressional leaders limit the number of committees and create a time frame for how long lawmakers could work on each cyber-related bill. 

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Nakasone: 2018 Midterm Elections a Success in Feds’ Cyber Efforts

Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of National Security Agency, updated lawmakers on the federal government’s efforts to deter foreign interference in past midterm elections, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. At the meeting with Senate Intelligence Committee, he said the government’s initiative to monitor cyber events and impose consequences on adversaries was effective.

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GAO Forms New Office to Help Congress Boost US Science, Tech Capabilities

The Government Accountability Office has formed a team to assist Congress in decision-making regarding technology-related topics, such as artificial intelligence, regenerative medicine, 5G wireless communication and quantum computing. The team combines the agency’s technology assessment functions, science and technology evaluation into a single office, GAO said Tuesday

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IC Report Highlights Russia-China Alliance, Growing Threats to US

The U.S. intelligence community issued a new report warning the government of a strengthening alliance between Russia and China and the negative impacts on U.S. allies of previous policy changes by the Trump administration, CBS News reported Tuesday. During a recent meeting with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, top intelligence officials presented the 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment

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