Smart Bases May Be a Smart Idea, But Can the Military Afford Them?

Smart Bases May Be a Smart Idea, But Can the Military Afford Them?

Industry has some ideas for the Defense Department on how it might be able to spare a few pennies and make its bases run more smoothly, but finding an ear in the Pentagon or in Congress is proving hard.

Smart bases might be the wave of the future. They offer ways for military installations to use new technologies and big data collection to better the lives of service members and possibly save money in the long run.

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Agencies Could Learn a Thing or Two From DoD’s Approach to Buying Services

Agencies Could Learn a Thing or Two From DoD’s Approach to Buying Services

The Defense Department may have hit upon an acquisition innovation that is slowly drifting to the civilian world.

Since 2012, the Pentagon has been taking a SAW — services acquisition workshop — to procurements worth more than $1 billion.

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Last-minute Executive Order Codifies Security Clearance Process, Suitability Standards

Last-minute Executive Order Codifies Security Clearance Process, Suitability Standards

In a last-minute move by the White House, the Obama administration codified many of the conversations it started in recent years about the federal security clearance process and the standards that agencies should use to measure an employee’s trustworthiness and suitability to serve in government.

President Barack Obama signed an executive order late Tuesday afternoon, which amends the governance structure and processes for issuing federal security clearances, as well as suitability and fitness status for employment.

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New IT accessibility rules catch up to 17 years of changes

New IT accessibility rules catch up to 17 years of changes

Remember the year 2000? No, not Y2K, but the hot, must-have technology. Back then you wanted a Gateway computer with a 550MHz chip and a year of AOL for free (that’s America Online, in case you weren’t sure). LG had just put out a phone with a monochrome touch screen that had an address book AND an organizer. And PlayStation 2 had just given gamers something to be excited about because it played CDs and DVDs and could support better resolution.

That year also was the first time the U.S. Access Board issued regulations under Section 508  of the Rehabilitation Act.  Two years before that, in 1998, the board also issued regulations to implement Section 255 of the Communications Act. Both of these regulations would help agencies ensure people with disabilities could use information technology and communications (ICT) equipment such as faxes, copiers and printers in federal offices.

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3 Trends Driving DoD IT Budgets in FY 2017

3 Trends Driving DoD IT Budgets in FY 2017

The Defense Department’s $38.5 billion IT budget in the fiscal 2017 requests is being driven by three major trends contractors should be aware of: cybersecurity, cloud and analytics. While the possibility of another continuing resolution until March looms, DoD’s IT projects are expected to move forward.

The Immixgroup’s Nov. 17 market intelligence briefing  laid out these trends, along with specific agency priorities and contract opportunities. It also broke up project funding into capital expenditures, referred to as development, modernization and enhancement (DME), and operational, ereferred to as Steady State (SS).

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