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OMB to Update Internal Control Framework; Mike Wetklow Comments

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget wants to establish an integrated framework for governing spending oversight in government agencies, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jason Miller writes the agency will revise the Circular A-123 internal controls guidance to incorporate financial management initiatives, aiming to address improper payments and credit …

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Robert Hale: Congress Has Three Scenarios as Fiscal Year Ends

Robert Hale, Defense Department comptroller, remains hopeful that Congress will reach a deal to reduce the federal deficit and avert sequestration, he told Defense One in an interview published Monday. Stephanie Gaskell writes Hale described three legislative scenarios as a new round of across-the-board spending cuts loom, including that fiscal compromise. …

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Report: FCC Mulls Spectrum Auction Timing

The Federal Communications Commission leadership is debating when to auction the “H block” wireless spectrum and other portions known as AWS 3, The Hill newspaper reported Monday. Brendan Sasso writes FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wants a simultaneous auction for both, which means the agency’s Wireless Communications Bureau may have to hold …

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Eric Fanning: Air Force to Get Needed F-35, Tanker Program Funds

Acting Air Force Eric Fanning expects the branch to get the required funding for the F-35 and aerial-tanker programs for next fiscal year, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Doug Cameron writes Fanning did not disclose the Air Force’s plans regarding its share of 1,700 F-35 jets the military has ordered from Lockheed …

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James Winnefeld: Pentagon Plans $23B for Cyber Over 4 Years

Navy Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday the Defense Department plans to spend $23 billion on cybersecurity programs between 2014 and 2018, the American Forces Press Service reports. Karen Parrish writes the four-year plan includes funds for 4,000 cyber operations personnel. “Almost every element of our national …

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Former Pentagon Officials Push for CIO-DCMO Merger Plan

Former Pentagon technology officials are asking Congress to revisit plans announced in June to merge the Pentagon’s chief information officer office with the office of deputy chief management officer, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Jason Miller says that in a letter to Congress in July, officials said the proposal would …

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Elana Broitman Outlines Efforts to Strengthen Defense Industrial Base

The Defense Department is taking steps to ensure the U.S. industrial base will continue to provide mission-critical capabilities should sequestration continue into fiscal 2014, DoD Buzz reported Thursday. Kris Osborn writes Elana Broitman, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy, said in a recent interview …

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