Federal workers have used government-issued purchase cards to buy thousands of dollars worth of food, salon services and gym memberships, federal auditors told a House subcommittee. This shows that abuse of government-issued purchase cards persists almost across the board despite regulations – most recently the Government Charge Card Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 – to ensure proper use, they said at an Oct. 14 hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Government Operations Subcommittee.
The Defense Department spent nearly half a billion dollars on aircrafts for Afghanistan only to end up destroying them and selling them for about $32,000 in scrap. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction wants to know why so much money was wasted. During a trip to Afghanistan, SIGAR John Sopko observed 16 of 20 planes in the G222 fleet parked unused on a tarmac at Kabul International Airport, a Oct. 3 letter (pdf) from Sopko to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says.
The General Services Administration and the Air Force established a working group to help identify ways to save money on enterprise-wide contracts, an Aug. 18 GSA blog post says. The working group will look into which GSA contracts the Air Force can use to cut costs, but still complete its mission, the blog post says.
The technology- called Skate- is a portable, adaptable and customizable small unmanned aircraft system, or SUAS. Users send the square black device out like a remote-controlled airplane, which records video that warfighters can watch to understand the vicinity, giving them a clearer picture of where they are, much like police officers who walk their beats.
Balances in the Air Force Working Capital Fund fell below the minimum cash requirements one-third of the time between fiscal 2009 and 2013, a July 31 Government Accountability Office report says. The Air Force operates the AFWCF to provide certain goods and services to a variety of customers, including the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, non-Defense Department agencies and foreign countries, the report says.
The Energy Department inspector general said it could not independently validate whether space-based sensors being developed to detect nuclear detonations globally will be delivered on time and on budget to the Air Force.
Cyber attackers could potentially gain access to critical weather satellite systems through interconnected information systems, an internal Commerce Department audit has found.
The Air Force plans to launch two operational satellites and one experimental one July 23 that could create a "space neighborhood watch capability," according to a press release.
The Air Force plans to reduce costs and personnel by offering early retirement to 3,500 civilian workers, a July 14 Air Force statement says. The reduction is part of a Defense Department initiative that requires each military branch to cut costs and staff by at least 20 percent by 2019, saving the Air Force about $1.6 billion over the next five years.
The collapse and cancellation of a major Air Force enterprise resource management software program was caused by a combination of faulty leadership, cultural resistance and failure to follow Defense Department and congressionally mandated business rules, a bipartisan Senate report found.