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Air Force’s Sandra Finan Named DoD Deputy CIO for C4 Information Infrastructure

Maj. Gen. Sandra Finan — a former U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center commander — has been named deputy chief information officer for command, control, communications and computers and information infrastructure at the Defense Department. DoD reported Finan’s appointment in a Friday release and said she moves to the new role from her current position as special …

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Terry Halvorsen: Trust Key to DoD-Tech Industry Relationships

Terry Halvorsen, the Defense Department‘s chief information officer, believes that DoD and Silicon Valley’s technology community can build a culture of trust through contracting, The Christian Science Monitor reported Thursday. Sara Sorcher writes Halvorsen has reached out to technology companies in the West Coast to encourage them to support cybersecurity …

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George Duchak: Defense Innovation Unit Reaches Full Startup Mode

George Duchak, director of the Defense Innovation Unit, has said the Defense Department’s two-month old Silicon Valley outreach office has reached a full startup mode, Breaking Defense reported Thursday. Duchak told an AUVSI conference the unit doubled in size in September after it hired the first civilian expert, Sydney Freedberg …

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GAO’s Valerie Melvin Testifies on DoD-VA EHR Interoperability Efforts Before House Panel

Valerie Melvin, director of information technology at the Government Accountability Office, testified before members of two House committees on the electronic health record interoperability efforts of the Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs. Melvin said in her written testimony published Tuesday that DoD and VA may not meet the deadline on December 2016 …

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House Clears Budget Deal in 266-167 Vote

The House approved a budget deal by a 266-167 bipartisan vote Wednesday to raise spending levels for the next two years and extend the government’s borrowing authority until March 2017, USA Today reported Wednesday. Deidre Shesgreen writes the agreement calls for an additional $80 billion in domestic and military program funds spread …

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GAO: Congress-Pentagon Collaboration Key to Weapon Acquisition Program Outcomes

The Government Accountability Office found that U.S. weapon procurement initiatives often face cost and scheduling challenges and that the Defense Department lacks business cases for many of these programs. GAO said Tuesday it identified collaborative strategies for DoD and Congress to improve the outcomes of the department’s weapon acquisition efforts. Decision-makers should examine if a new program …

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GAO Reviews Strategic Sourcing of DoD, NASA, DHS IT Services

According to a new Government Accountability Office report, NASA and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security used strategic sourcing programs to manage up to 44 percent of the agencies’ information technology investments during fiscal 2013. NASA, DHS and DoD have also created offices and appointed officials to oversee those strategic sourcing …

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McCain, Thornberry Call for Review of DoD Reorganization Law

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Senate counterpart Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plan to hold congressional hearings to re-examine a 1986 law that established the U.S. military’s current command structure, Defense News reported Tuesday. Joe Gould writes that Thornberry and McCain called for a review of the Goldwater-Nichols Act as Congress seeks to …

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Deltek’s Alex Rossino: Reconciled FY 2016 Defense Policy Bill Contains Tech Offset Program, Rapid Innovation Fund Provisions

Alex Rossino, a principal research analyst at Deltek, has outlined three provisions on technological innovations in the reconciled bill of the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016. Rossino wrote in a blog post published Oct. 13 that House adopted a Senate provision …

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