ExecutiveGov’s round-up of news you need to read to stay up to speed on federal policy impacting the government-contracting community.
Operation Odyssey Dawn Doubts?
In the wake of U.S. military action against Libya in Operation Odyssey Dawn, DoDBuzz reports tension on Capitol Hill over the air strikes’ goals. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen said removing Libyan autocratic ruler Muammar Gaddafi is not a goal of the military campaign.
However, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon said the “absence of clear political objectives for our country risks entrenching the United States in a humanitarian mission whose scope and duration are not known at this point and cannot be controlled by us.”
IT Survey Complete, Results Soon
The government is gearing up for its second phase of the IT Workforce Capability Assessment survey, which aims to measure the strength of the federal workforce on such issues as cybersecurity and IT program management.
Planners are now scouring the more than 17,000 responses it garnered from the ITWCA and will then make recommendations under the scope of the 25-point federal IT reform plan.
‘Stars Aligning’ for DIA Acquisition
Though many parts of the Defense Department are facing budget cuts, Defense Intelligence officials said at the annual Defense Intelligence Acquisition Conference that their agency was bucking the trend.
“Finally, the stars are all aligning up to restore the strength of the acquisition workforce to get us where we need to be,” said Mark Bogart, an acquisition executive at the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Senate Confirms Army Chief of Staff
The Senate last week confirmed Gen. Martin E. Dempsey as the next Army chief of staff.
He succeeds Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who will retire in April after serving in the post since 2007.
Dempsey currently serves as commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va., a post he has held since 2008. Before that, he served as acting commander of U.S. Central Command.
Intel Authorization Act Punishes Leakers by Pulling Pensions
The San Francisco Examiner reports on an interesting provision of the intelligence authorization act: federal employees at intelligence agencies would lose their pensions if caught leaking classified or nonclassified information to the press, organizations such as Wikileaks or Congress.
The provision, aimed to stave off another would-be leaker, has whistle-blower groups up in arms.
DISA Moves HQ to Fort Meade
The Defense Information Systems Agency announced it has officially shifted command from Arlington, Va., to Fort Meade in Maryland.
DISA plans to send a total of 4,300 employees to the new HQ. It has already sent 1,300 with plans to move 600 more by the end of the month.
“We have moved our flag and our command post to Fort Meade,” said DISA Director Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett.
OPM Lays out Draft Guidelines for for IT Program Managers
The Office of Personnel Management has laid out draft standards for creating a career path for IT program managers, Nextgov reports.
The IT program manager, the creation of which was a key point in 25-point federal IT reform plan, will join the current job titles of IT project manager and IT specialist in the IT Management 2210 series.