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Air Force lifts suspension of FedBid

Just a few weeks after the Air Force suspended contracts with  FedBid, a Vienna, Va. reverse-auction company and requested the company's debarment, the service lifted the suspension after reaching an administrative agreement, according to a Feb. 20 Air Force document.

GAO: Army, Navy Dept. fail to track service separation due to non-disability mental conditions

The Army, Navy and Marines don't know how many military members have been separated from service due to mental illness that aren't considered service-related, says a Feb. 13 Government Accountability Office report.

GAO: Services don't know if they're meeting mental health staffing needs

The military services don't know if their mental health staffing levels meet the needs of military members because their departmentwide fiscal 2016 assessment is missing critical data, says a Jan. 30 Government Accountability Office report.

Air Force calls for debarment of FedBid

The Air Force suspended its contracts with FedBid, a Vienna, Va. reverse-auction company and is prosing the company be barred from doing business with the government in the future.

Air Force wants a round of BRAC to make up for deflated budget

The Air Force plans to ask Congress again this year to let it close some bases and retire aging aircraft, even though Congress has continually rejected those requests over the last few years. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told reporters in a Jan. 15 press conference that due to tight budgets, the service will need to make adjustments elsewhere when it proposes its fiscal 2016 budget request in the coming months.

Air Force maps cyber warfighter career path to help defend nation

The cyber warfare operations career field education and training plan, which was posted publicly Nov. 28 by the open information website Public Intelligence, identifies life cycle education and training requirements, training support resources and minimum core task requirements.

Auditors detail purchase card abuse governmentwide

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.

SIGAR asks why DoD scrapped nearly $500M in planes for a mere $32,000

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.

GSA and Air Force partner to look at savings in GSA contracts

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.

Air Force tests reconnaissance system to give forces better picture of surroundings

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.