Tag Archives: systems engineering

Report: Michael Griffin’s Office to Oversee Space Development Agency

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has issued a memo directing Michael Griffin, defense undersecretary for research and engineering, to submit by March 1 a plan to establish a new space development agency, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Griffin’s office will oversee the new agency, which is expected to be set up no later than March 29, according to the Jan. 19 memo initially reported by Inside Defense.

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GAO: DoD Should Include Acquisition Program Systems Engineering Status in Budget Request

The Government Accountability Office has recommended that Congress require the Defense Department to include the systems engineering status of major acquisition programs in the DoD’s annual budget request. GAO said Thursday the department can avoid delays and cost overruns through early, detailed systems engineering before programs start. Auditors assessed nine DoD programs and …

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Profile: Carolyn Clancy, VHA Assistant Deputy Undersecretary for Health, Quality, Safety and Value

Carolyn Clancy leads the strategic direction of the Veterans Health Administration as assistant deputy undersecretary for health, quality, safety and value. She has previously held roles including the agency’s interim undersecretary for health where she managed the nation’s largest integrated health care system as well as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality‘s director …

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Limit LPTA Use in Defense Acquisitions

Sens. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) have proposed a bill that would direct the Defense Department to avoid the use of “lowest price, technically acceptable” procedures to buy knowledge-based professional services from industry. The Promoting Value Based Defense Procurement Act seeks to discourage DoD from applying LPTA methods for acquisition contracts focused …

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Mary Miller Named DoD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Engineering

Mary Miller, formerly deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for research and technology, has been named principal deputy assistant secretary for research and engineering at the Defense Department’s office of the defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Miller’s appointment to the Senior Executive …

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GAO: Early Systems Engineering Work Key to Define Weapon System Requirements

Former and current military leaders have called on the Defense Department to integrate requirements for weapon systems early into acquisition processes, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. Those military leaders told the audit agency weapons systems prerequisites are usually changed right after they turned them over to acquisition executives to plan …

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Ron Ross: NIST Proposes Infrastructure Security Engineering Guidelines

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released draft guidance on how government and private-sector system engineers should incorporate security into critical infrastructures, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Aliya Sternstein writes that the technical document outlines an 11-step process meant to help information technology professionals identify security requirements and manage a …

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