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Mobile Work Exchange, Agencies Team to Build Telework ROI Tool

Mobile Work Exchange has collaborated with several agencies to develop a calculator intended to help agency managers measure the return on investment of telework, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Brittany Ballenstedt writes the ROI tool will aim to measure the benefits of telework across real estate, business continuity and production. Cindy Auten, …

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Navy Works to Modernize Cruiser Fleet; Kurt Larson Comments

The U.S. Navy is updating a class of guided-missile cruisers which the service uses for surface, anti-submarine and ballistic missile defense missions, DoD Buzz reported Tuesday. Kris Osborn writes the Ticonderoga-class warships are equipped with the Aegis system, which utilizes radar technology designed to guide the Standard Missile-3 interceptor. Lt. …

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DoD, VA Address Healthcare Data Standardization Project

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs will develop a data management service that seeks to allow the agencies to seamlessly share electronic medical records, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Bob Brewin writes the system is a revision of a 2009 plan to create from scratch a new joint repository for electronic …

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Chuck Hagel: $52B Budget Cut Needed if Sequestration Continues in FY2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the Pentagon will undergo a $52 billion budget cut if sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014. In a letter to the Senate, Hagel said that the Defense Department will have to reduce its civilian workforce, apply military personnel account cuts and modernization programs interruptions, the American Forces …

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Rep. John Barrow Files Bill to Extend DoD Furlough Immunity

Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., has proposed exempting all defense civilians from sequestration-induced furloughs, Government Executive reported Tuesday. Eric Katz writes that at the Pentagon, only active-duty personnel are currently exempt. The report said the lawmaker filed the bill on Monday, the first day of forced unpaid leaves for about 650,000 …

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FCC Wants Mobile App to Collect Network Data

The Federal Communications Commission plans to develop a mobile application with the goal of collecting Internet network data, Federal Times reported Tuesday. Andy Medici writes the FCC will collaborate with more than 500,000 Americans to collect data on broadband network coverage and signal strength as part of efforts to forge …

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GSA Debuts Online Reverse Auction Service; Thomas Sharpe Comments

The General Services Administration has launched an online reverse auction tool for federal agencies to acquire information technology products and services. Officials intend for the new service to increase opportunities for small businesses to bid on government business and improve transparency, GSA said Tuesday. “Reverse auctions can drive down prices …

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DoD Outlines Goals of Revised Cyber Policy

One of the Defense Department‘s key aims for revising its cybersecurity policy is to come up with a single set of instructions that can be understood and used governmentwide across all departments, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Jared Serbu writes the agency also intends the new policies to figure prominently in federal managers’ …

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Intell Agencies Aim to Standardize IT Procurements

U.S. intelligence agencies are looking to adopt a standardized approach for purchasing similar information technology products and services, Federal Times reported Sunday. Nicole Blake Johnson writes Al Tarasiuk, the IC’s chief information officer, is leading a five-year effort to standardize IT programs across the community. Nuhad Karaki, executive vice president and …

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Report: Pentagon Officials Fear Layoffs in FY 2014

Defense Department officials are concerned the Pentagon may have to lay off civilian employees in fiscal year 2014 as furloughs of workers started Monday, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Lolita Baldor writes thousands of civilian, military and contract employees could be furloughed next fiscal year if sequestration stays in place. …

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