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Interior Shifts to New IT Approach; Bernie Mazer Comments

The Interior Department has shifted to a new approach of executing its information technology consolidation initiatives after close to three years of preparation, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Jason Miller writes the transformation began in 2010 when Former Secretary Ken Salazar streamlined the leadership structure within the Office of the Chief …

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Allison Hickey: VA Transformation Initiatives Cut Claims Backlog

The Veterans Benefits Administration has made significant headway in its goal to eliminate claims backlog by 2015, a feat VA Benefits Undersecretary attributed to refinements made in its procedures and practices. The backlog of compensation and pension claims pending for more than 125 days decreased by 36 percent, she told …

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Michael Basla: Air Force Wants to Bolster IT Governance

The Air Force wants to centralize the management of its information technology services and is finalizing its transition to a Defense Department enterprise email system, FCW reported Wednesday. Amber Corrin writes the branch will reshape its organizational approach in an effort to give IT leadership more power over strategic and …

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GAO: Agencies Need Guidance to Utilize Reverse Auctions

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that federal procurement rules should be amended in order for agencies to better utilize reverse auctions. GAO said in a report published Monday that the departments of the Army, Veterans Affairs, Interior and Homeland Security increasingly use reverse auctions to buy products such as …

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Tim Kaine: New Budget Deal Offers Certainty to U.S. Armed Forces

Sen. Tim Kaine has expressed hope the U.S. military could keep $20 billion of its budget if a new proposal from the House and Senate budget committees passes into law, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes Kaine, member of both the armed services and budget conference committees, told …

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