Tag Archives: Defense Department

Chuck Hagel: DoD Seeks Military Healthcare System Services, Facility Improvements

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has instated a deadline for underperforming units of the U.S. military healthcare system to develop service and facility improvement plans that aim to address identified performance gaps, Reuters reported Wednesday. David Alexander writes that Hagel gave a 30-day timeline for plans to shorten patient wait times for health services as well as a …

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Robert Work: Pentagon to Operate Under CR When DoD Unveils FY 16 Budget Plan

The Defense Department expects Congress to reject the Pentagon’s estimated $70 billion proposal to fund other areas by reshuffling the military compensation structure, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jared Serbu writes congressional committees worked to reverse $31 billion in proposed weapons programs retirement and modification efforts. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work told the station his …

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Terry Halvorsen: Pentagon Seeks to ‘Kill’ Duplicate Databases

The Defense Department is targeting between $10 billion and $20 billion in savings over the next five years by eliminating duplicate databases, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Terry Halvorsen, DoD’s acting chief information officer, said his office is working with Dave Tillotson, acting deputy chief management officer, to execute the business process and systems …

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Report: Agencies Reviewing Draft of Future EO on Federal Drone Operations Transparency

The administration could soon issue an executive order requiring all federal agencies to release information to the public regarding their aerial surveillance activities using drones, The Washington Post reported Friday. Craig Whitlock reports that the directive would target data only on federal drone operations in U.S. airspace, such as the flight path and applications for …

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Gen. Martin Dempsey: Syria Campaign to Challenge Defense Budget

The U.S.’ top uniformed military officer has said Defense Department could increasingly run into budget problems as it moves to help combat the Islamic State group, Breaking Defense reported Friday. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the ground forces that will fight the militant group will consist of Syrian rebels, …

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Dave Bowen: DHA Plans to Standardize DoD’s Health Data Collection

The Defense Health Agency is working to standardize health data collection for the Defense Department as part of efforts to modernize the military healthcare system, FCW reported Wednesday. Dave Bowen, head of DHA’s health information technology irectorate and chief information officer for the Military Health System, told a forum that he intends to identify what …

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DISA’s Dave Mihelcic: US Military Needs Multilevel Cloud Approach

Dave Mihelcic, chief technology officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency, believes that a multilevel approach to cloud computing is a requirement for the U.S. military’s missions, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday. Mihelcic told Breaking Defense’s Sydney Freedberg Jr. that the Defense Department wants to buy technologies to virtualize its high-level security workloads from other …

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Karen DeSalvo Pushes for Interoperability with Other Arenas to Build Health IT Systems

Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for Health Information Technology, believes there are assets and methods outside of the medicine space that healthcare professionals could use to develop health IT systems, FedScoop reported Wednesday. Billy Mitchell writes the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT within the Health and Human Services Department plans to …

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GAO: DoD Should Re-Examine Joint Basing Goals, Direction, Functions for Consolidation

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Defense Department re-examine its program for establishing joint bases due to challenges in consolidating functions identified in a recent survey of 11 joint bases. GAO posted Friday a summary of the survey findings, which called for a review the installation-support functions suitable for consolidation as well as …

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