The House Armed Services Committee intends to reduce the Navy's at-sea network funds if the secretary of defense does not confirm the service branch's compliance with certain cybersecurity recommendations, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. The secretary must work with the Department of Defense's chief information officer to prove the compliance of the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services with a certain, classified inspector general report.Read More »
Lisa Hershman, acting chief management officer of the Department of Defense, told Defense News in an interview published Friday that DoD is focusing on five key initiatives to find greater savings in fiscal year 2019. Those programs are category management; information technology and business systems; procurement of goods and services in a different manner; health care management; and logistics and supply chain acquisition.
A new watchdog report shows the U.S. Government Publishing Office failed to implement a policy or a contingency plan to run its information technology infrastructure following a disaster. The agency is at risk of losing access to critical data and IT systems when hit by any disruption due to lack of emergency planning, the GPO inspector general said in the report issued Thursday.Read More »
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.Read More »
Acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist confirmed the Pentagon has received the budget figure for fiscal year 2020 and a rollout remains on schedule for February, MilitaryTimes reported Wednesday. Officials had expressed concerns that the Department of Defense might delay the release of its budget as the agency announced at end of 2018 that it had yet to receive a final figure.Read More »
David Norquist, who has served as comptroller at the Department of Defense since 2017, will assume the role of deputy defense secretary on an interim basis, Defense News reported Wednesday. He will take on the responsibilities of Patrick Shanahan, who took over as acting DoD secretary after James Mattis announced his resignation.Read More »
The Department of Transportation’s inspector general released a new report outlining the department's management challenges in fiscal year 2019.
The intelligence community's inspector general has called on the Defense Intelligence Agency's leadership to formulate a plan to reduce its backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests. In September, the ICIG explained in a report that a FOIA request is considered part of an agency’s backlog when it remains unprocessed after 20 working days, or 30 days in special circumstances.Read More »
The Defense Department has announced the completion of its first-ever agency-wide financial audit. The DoD said in a Nov. 16 press release that the audit, whose final report is now available for download, involved over a thousand auditors who verified voluminous records covering military personnel, equipment and real property. In addition, the auditors evaluated DoD systems for security weaknesses.Read More »