Small firms already have taken a disproportionate hit from DoD’s pullback in 2013 spending, Pentagon officials say. Military acquisition leaders worry the sudden cuts will bankrupt small businesses that provide one-of-a-kind capabilities.
The automatic budget cuts set to occur under sequestration will go into effect as a matter of law on Friday. But their full impact won’t be felt until late this spring, long after lawmakers encounter the next budget showdown.
The Republican senator from Oklahoma is asking the Office of Management and Budget to require agencies to stop hiring for certain positions. Instead, he would like that funding put towards mission critical jobs that could be affected by sequestration cuts. Coburn, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, found 10 jobs listed on USAJobs.gov that he believes could be frozen. He says this would give agencies $1.4 million to spend on positions like border security officers and TSA screeners.
Dr. Mark Maybury, the Air Force’s chief scientist, discusses a wide-ranging study of potential future “game changers” and best practices in each of the service’s core mission areas.
The Air Force’s long-range planning and modernization takes back seat to preparations for near-term crises, including contingency plans to scale back civilian workforce. Civilian furloughs would be “breach of faith,” Air Force says.
The Air Force said it has identified 59 victims at a basic training facility. Thirty-two instructors are among those who have been accused or convicted of committing sexual improprieties with trainees. Senior leaders say they must do more to stop the problem.
The Air Force orders commanders to start cutbacks in advance of the next budget emergency.
Martin Libicki of Rand Corp talks about managing cyber attacks. Kevin Brancato of Bloomberg Government discusses the Canada’s decision to pass on the F-35. John Templeton of BlackMoney.com talks about being an African American in IT. Belva Martin of GAO discusses the new network communications strategy.
Air Force commanders will get orders in the next few days to plan for the possibility of fewer flying hours, providing fewer office supplies and working on fewer IT upgrades. Part of the service’s planning will be to figure out how many civilian workers would need to be furloughed and for how long.
News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.
GSA, State and the Air Force are starting to see the benefits of using social media data to improve services and not focusing so much on how it’s delivered. Challenges and contests are examples of this information-centric approach. But the dependence on and acceptance of social media platforms is growing across nearly every agency.
Dr. Mark Maybury, the Air Force’s chief scientist, joins On DoD to describe the areas the Air Force plans for cybersecurity development.
Reports of unwanted sexual contact increased sharply in the past academic year. The Pentagon believes the spike shows more reporting, not more crimes.
A new process promises more advance word on what the Pentagon wants from its military services, but demands they comply with common architectures. DoD said it is learning from development mistakes of the past.