The Defense Department acquisition process has become burdensome, leaving the Army behind in technology development, said Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the army for acquisition, logistics and technology at an April 21 Center for Strategic and International Studies event.
Federal contractors without background checks, non-disclosure agreements or required privacy training were able to access sensitive data from Army childcare subsidy payment applications that they were hired to process.
The services are responsible for fourt-fifths of the Defense Department's $98 billion in secondary item excess inventory, which includes spare parts that can be repaired and reused and other supplies needed to maintain military equipment.
Vendors will compete for orders for the full rate production of Manpack radios in a "radio marketplace" that the Army seeks to create.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on April 1 ordered the Army to pay out damages to a transgender worker who was refused access to the restroom that matched her gender identity and called her by her former name, according to the Transgender Law Center who obtained the ruling.
U.S. special forces members don't believe that women can handle the physical and mental demands and are concerned the Defense Department will weaken standards to allow women to serve in the elite fighting units, says an April 6 Associated Press article.
The Army has signed on to use the General Service Administration's governmentwide blanket contract for professional services, called OASIS, says a March 16 GSA statement.
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.
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.
The Defense Department doesn't know if it employs the appropriate number of workers at headquarters because it doesn't determine personnel requirements as part of a systematic process and procedures aren't in place to make sure the department assesses its personnel needs periodically, says a Jan. 21 Government Accountability report.