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Report: Congress Wants Accountable Entity to Oversee EHR Modernization at DoD, VA

Some lawmakers have raised concerns about the lack of a single body that would be accountable as the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs modernize and integrate their electronic health records systems despite the presence of an interagency program office, Federal News Radio reported Friday. The report said Congress mandated the formation of an IPO a decade ago to help VA and DoD facilitate EHR interoperability, but the office has seen its responsibilities reduced in recent years.
 

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GAO Notes Decline in Procurement Competition Rate at the DoD

The Government Accountability Office noted in an audit report published Wednesday that from 2013 to 2017, the rate at which the Defense Department conducted competitions when procuring products or services went down by more than 4 percent, despite government-wide efforts to encourage the practice. The GAO attributed the regression to a number of factors including the complexity of the DoD’s contracting procedures.

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GAO Recommends DoD, Navy to Update Requirements for Making Weapons Sustainment Strategies

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Defense Department and U.S. Navy issue an updated or new set of guidelines for developing plans to sustain legacy weapon systems.

GAO said in a report published Monday that the Navy inconsistently documented its sustainment strategies for C-2A, E2C, EA-18G and F/A-18A-D aircraft since 2012.

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Equifax Acknowledges IT Shortcomings in GAO Audit Report on 2017 Data Breach

Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax has acknowledged that its failure to identify and patch a critical software vulnerability, and correctly configure a crucial security system led, in part, to the massive 2017 data breach that compromised the personal information of millions of Equifax customers, the Government Accountability Office said in a recently-published audit report.

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GAO Warns of Cost, Schedule Risks to Coast Guard’s Icebreaker Shipbuilding Program

The Government Accountability Office said in a recent audit report that the U.S. Coast Guard's Heavy Polar Icebreaker Program runs the risk of "breaching its established baselines" because these were established before a preliminary design review had been conducted. According to the HPIB acquisition framework, the preliminary design review will be conducted only after the shipbuilding contract is awarded in 2019. The GAO recommended that the Department of Homeland Security require the Coast Guard to revise the HPIB program baselines after the design review is completed and before ship construction begins.

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GAO Recommends DoD Issue Criteria for Monitoring Utilities Contracts

The Defense Department has received a recommendation from the Government Accountability Office directing military departments and the Defense Logistics Agency to follow a criteria for measuring the performance of utilities privatization contracts.

The GAO said in a report published Tuesday that military departments have failed to note the costs and reliability of utility commodities and modifications, as well as evaluate contractor performance during utility privatization efforts for military installations.

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GAO: Air Force to Deploy New Combat Rescue Helicopters to Active Component by FY 2020

The Government Accountability Office has found that the U.S. Air Force intends to start fielding in fiscal 2020 new Combat Rescue Helicopters to replace aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters that have recorded the most flight time when it comes to staff recovery missions. GAO said in a report published Thursday the service will initially deploy the new helicopters to the active component six years ahead of the reserve component and to the Air National Guard by 2027.

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GAO Urges DHS to Modify Development Process for Acquisition Requirements

The Government Accountability Office has recommended to the Department of Homeland Security to implement different approaches to clarify operational requirements for the acquisition programs of the department’s agencies. GAO said Wednesday the heads of DHS agencies should finalize and promote their respective draft policies for requirements development and establish or …

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Carol Harris, Nick Marinos to Assume FITARA, Census Responsibilities at GAO

Dave Powner, the departing director of information technology issues at the Government Accountability Office, will hand over his Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act-related responsibilities to Carol Harris, director for IT acquisition management issues at GAO, Meritalk reported Tuesday. Nick Marinos, GAO’s director of cybersecurity and information management, will assume Powner’s responsibilities …

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