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DHS struggles to put money in right budget buckets

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The budget requests from the Homeland Security Department are confusing Congress. DHS has a hard time explaining the difference between mission and management programs.  David Maurer, director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues at the Government Accountability Office, is trying…
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“Responsible Defense” initiative looks for strategy, cost balance

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Budget cuts could be an opportunity for the Defense Department to strike a new fiscal and military balance.  Dr. Nora Bensahel is co-director of the Responsible Defense project at the Center for New American Security. She and her co-director, retired…
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Watch (NC8): Congress back at work, lots of important work ahead

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The second session of the 113th Congress is under way, and the members have some pretty important work to tackle right away.  Unemployment benefits, an appropriations bill to fund the Federal government, nominations, the debt limit, slowing increases in military…
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Congress back today, starts serious business immediately

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The second session of the 113th Congress opens today. The Senate is back and voting on nominations and the House comes back tomorrow. Neither chamber will wait long for the heavy lifting to begin.  David Hawkings, Senior Editor at Roll…
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Navy “Fat Leonard” contracting scandal: common or rare?

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Convictions for corruption and executives that behave like mobsters unfortunately are parts of real headlines in contracting at the Navy Department. The “Fat Leonard” scandal has sucked in officials at various levels – and from various offices – of the…
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Wennergren: some possible crashes at intersection of cloud, mobile

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The potential problems of adding mobile devices to a federal cloud system could outweigh their potential benefits. Dave Wennergren, vice president of Enterprise Technologies and Services at CACI and former assistant deputy chief management officer of the Defense Department, is…
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CSIS’s Zakheim: like it or not, defense compensation changes coming

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The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will present Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel with recommendations in May to reform personnel costs at the Pentagon.  That commission’s work, along with the tightening budget situation, may finally push Congress to take action,…
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NDIA’s Punaro: leadership changes at DoD shouldn’t be subtle

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Whatever the new year holds at the Department of Defense, leadership changes at the top of the agency shouldn’t be subtle.  Major General Arnold Punaro (USMC ret.), the new Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association and Chief Executive of…
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