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Obama Officially Nominates Panetta, Petraeus to New Posts

President Barack Obama has sent the nominations of CIA Director Leon Panetta to be defense secretary and Army Gen. David Petraeus to fill Panetta’s post at CIA to the Senate for confirmation, the Defense Department reports. Obama first announced the national security personnel shakeup April 28. Defense Secretary Robert M. …

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Report: Agencies Looking Inward for Efficiencies

In the search to squeeze more savings out of the federal government, agencies are increasingly looking inward. But are they successful in the search for efficiencies? A new report by MeriTalk, the government-IT network, and software provider SAS details the responses of 150 federal officials — financial, operational and performance …

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DoD Makes Plans for Audit

DoD Comptroller Robert Hale, Photo: defense.gov Defense News takes a hard look at why efforts to audit the Defense Department are so difficult. As reported last week, the Pentagon has a deadline of 2017 to be fully auditable, a goal many think may be entirely unrealistic. Defense News reports efforts …

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Gates: Budget Reductions a Strategic, Not Math Problem

In efforts to wring an additional $400 billion in cost-savings over 12 years out of the Defense Department, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said budget cutters should avoid the “managerial cowardice” of across-the-board cuts. In a question-and-answer session at the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, …

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Is DoD Ready for Full Audit by 2017?

Is the Defense Department prepared for a full audit by 2017? When the Pentagon released the most recent iteration of its Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness status report, a bipartisan group of senators balked, Politico reports. “Based on the findings of today’s FIAR Plan, it appears unlikely that the Department …

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Gates: Ruffling Feathers ‘Part of Leadership’

“It is not at all unusual to hear the Pentagon being criticized for its bloat, bureaucracy and spending binges,” CBS news program 60 Minutes began its report on soon-to-retire Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. But what makes this particular criticism so insightful and hard-hitting is that it comes from the …

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