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Ashton Carter Pays Visit to F-16 Intl School

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport Wednesday as part of his travel itinerary in the region, American Forces Press Service reports. According to the story by Air Force Lt. Col. Christine Rhodes, Carter met with students and exchange pilots in an international …

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Six Senators Want CBO to Evaluate Proposals for Avoiding Sequestration

A bipartisan group of senators has sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), saying Congress and the president should not wait until January to come up with a resolution avoiding sequestration cuts. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), …

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Robert Hale: Contract Cancellation Fees Minimal Under Sequestration

Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale does not see the Pentagon having to pay large cancellation fees on contracts if cuts under sequestration affect fiscal year 2013 funds, Reuters reports. He told members of the House Armed Services Committee Thursday most contracts signed before Jan. 2, 2013 — the start date …

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Obama Nominates Frederick Vollrath Pentagon Force, Readiness Lead

President Barack Obama has nominated Frederick Vollrath for promotion to assistant defense secretary for readiness and force management, the Defense Department announced Thursday. Since March 26, Vollrath has performed those duties as principal deputy assistant secretary for readiness and force management. He oversees policy regarding civilian and military personnel, force …

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HHS, VA Demo EHR Info Sharing Standards; Joy Pritts Comments

The department of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs tested standards for sharing of sensitive health information between healthcare providers, in line with laws governing the use of electronic health records. HHS said this demonstration was a segment of the Data Segmentation for Privacy Initiative, assembled as a response …

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Robert Hale: Pentagon at ‘Midfield’ in Audit Preparations

Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale said Friday the Pentagon is roughly at “midfield” in meeting a 2014 deadline to prepare an auditable statement of budgetary resources, Federal News Radio reports. Jared Serbu reports Hale testified before the the House Armed Services Committee on the Pentagon’s preparations for an audit. However, …

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