A large majority of agencies involved in sharing counterterrorism information say they plan on adopting Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management standards as part of information sharing systems. Slightly fewer than half of surveyed agencies could say they've aligned their sensitive-but-unclassified network architecture to be consistent with FICAM, however--47 percent of surveyed agencies said they have, while 53 percent said they haven't.
Almost 3,400 civilian military medical workers quit their jobs in the months when furloughs were being carried out, the majority coming from Army medical facilities, an Aug. 28 USA Today report says. Due to sequestration, the DoD faced $37 billion in spending cuts and furloughed about 700,000 civilian workers for 6 days
Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley will lead the Defense Department's efficiency review, according to an internal memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and obtained by Reuters.
The Merit Systems Protection Board took on 38,600 personnel decision appeals so far this year, with 33,000 of them coming as furlough appeals, and still expects to have those appeals docketed shortly after Labor Day, MSPB Spokesman William Spencer said in an email.
The Army and Marine Corps consider safety and mission when deciding to use live or simulation-based training, but cost is a much fuzzier factor in the services' decisions, finds an Aug. 22 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf). Auditors report that the Army and Marine Corps lack key performance and cost information that would inform decisions on the appropriate mix of training and prioritizing training investments.
Army contracting personnel didn't adhere to a new rule during their work on contracts worth about $10.5 billion because they weren't aware of it, a report from the Defense Department office of inspector general says.
"The Army has not yet tapped into the potential to use the NIE to gain insight into the effectiveness and performance of the overall tactical network," finds the Government Accountability Office in an Aug. 22 report. For example, some technology that tested poorly in the development stage was pushed through to operational testing with similarly poor results. Now, Army plans to buy and field the systems, says GAO.
Employers of military reservists don't have complete knowledge of a law meant to protect reservists from employment discrimination, a recently released RAND survey (.pdf) shows. One-quarter of employers surveyed said they didn't know enough about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 to comply with it, the survey says.
The Merit Systems Protection Board received 30,000 furlough appeals in 2013 so far- around 25,000 more than all kinds of appeals received in 2012, an Aug. 21 MSPB statement says. About 98 percent of those furlough appeals have come from the Defense Department, the statement says.
The hypothetical attacks that nuclear facilities must protect against vary based on what materials they contain, their location, and which government agency regulates them--the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Energy Department or the Defense Department. But the government does not have accurate knowledge of the consequences of various potential attacks, says the paper (.pdf), published Aug. 15.