Reviews conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency continually failed to meet established professional standards in fiscal 2010, says the Defense Department's inspector general.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced March 4 it's taken full control over a gap filler polar-orbiting weather satellite from NASA. The United States faces the likely prospect of an afternoon orbit polar weather satellite gap of 18 to 24 months between the time that the Suomi NPP reaches the end of its lifespan and when the first orbiter of its successor two-satellite constellation.
A Defense Science Board task force says the Defense Department should segregate a portion of its military force away to ensure it has the capability to complete missions in the event of a catastrophic cyber attack. Ensuring the deterrence threat is credible will require separating some military forces of sufficient capability away from the wider DoD network, at least until Defense develops the capability to return assets to a trusted, known state, the report says.
The House approved Wednesday a continuing resolution that would fund the government through the rest of fiscal 2013 and would increase Defense Department readiness spending by roughly $10 million. The bill topline would keep overall discretionary spending at the sequestration amount of $982 billion.
Four federal agencies and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation have published an action plan to improve the protection of sites held as sacred by American Indians and Alaska Natives, and provide greater tribal access to these sites.
Most major federal agencies have issued to a majority of employees the personal identity verification smartcards required by the 2004 Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, but their utilization for network access remains mostly an exception.
The bill, H.R. 933 , would fund the federal government through the rest of the fiscal year after the current continuing resolution expires March 27. The bill would not reverse sequestration, but by increasing DoD operations and maintenance spending at a level greater than the fiscal 2012 amount permitted under the current continuing resolution, it would result in a $9.59 billion increase to the O&M budget over the amount allowable by sequestration.
Sequestration cuts to the Defense Department can be managed in the near-term and will not risk U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan, but the loss of readiness could compromise response to future conflicts, says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Hagel said the cuts affect each of 2,500 individual investment programs, so adjustments will include reviews and delays to contracts.
Although the Defense Department has taken steps to improve in-transit visibility of its assets, no single DoD organization is fully aware of all such efforts. The GAO reviewed 34 of the military's in-transit visibility efforts and found that while DoD conducts "some informal coordination and information sharing" among different defense components that information "is not consistently shared through a formal mechanism."
Getting the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments to share electronic health records by focusing on modernizing their respective systems, rather than developing a single system, is easier said than done, according to Feb. 27 congressional testimony (.pdf) by the Government Accountability Office.