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McKinsey & Co. Leaders Promote New Approach to Application Development

McKinsey & Co. believes organizations can achieve efficient and effective application development by adopting a use case-use case points platform for their business. The combined approach lays out the business objectives and functional requirements that provide structure to a project and at the same time measures software functionality, associate principal Michael Huskins and principals James Kaplan...


Michele Flournoy: ‘Delayering’ Could Help Pentagon Reduce Budget

The Defense Department‘s former policy undersecretary believes the Pentagon has an opportunity to find cost reductions by using a private sector technique known as “delayering.” Michele Flournoy spoke to Federal News Radio Monday and said this is the time to cut overhead as the government, in particular the Pentagon, faces a time of budget cuts....


HHS Awards $67M in Grants for ACA Education

The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $67 million in grants to more than 100 organizations  located in states across the country, according to a Washington Post article. Lena Sun writes that the grants are meant to pay for special guides that can help uninsured Americans become aware of how to receive coverage...


CMS: Exchanges On Track for October Enrollment Deadline

A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesperson says insurance marketplaces will meet the healthcare reform law’s open enrollment deadline on Oct. 1, FCW reported Monday. Adam Mazmanian writes CMS has faced delays in security testing of a computer system intended to help the government verify an applicant’s coverage eligibility through an exchange. Brian Cook,...


DoD, VA Pool $107M Into Brain Injury-PTSD Research Efforts

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have jointly invested $107 million for medical research efforts focused on treating mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Research organizations will work to develop new ways for diagnosing and treating the conditions under the five-year initiative, the Defense Department said Saturday. Funding will back studies under...


Sequester Spurs DHS, Pentagon to Cut Duplicate Programs

The departments of Defense and Homeland Security are looking to eliminate duplicate federal programs as part of efforts to meet budget caps, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jason Miller writes DoD and DHS officials have adopted procurement and investment reviews to identify what programs the agencies need to consolidate, reform or terminate. Rafael Borras, DHS undersecretary for management,...


White House Offers Incentives for Companies to Adopt Cyber Guidelines

The White House has a preliminary list of incentives aimed at encouraging private companies to adopt upcoming cybersecurity standards to protect critical infrastructure, Fedscoop reports. Cory Bennett writes the National Institute of Standards and Technology has hosted workshops across the country over the past few months to gather industry feedback on a cyber framework, set for...


VanRoekel, Issa Aim to Tackle IT Reform

U.S. Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) expressed their views on information technology reform legislation in separate segments on a new public affairs program WJLA-TV launched Sunday, FCW reported Tuesday. Adam Mazmanian writes VanRoekel said the Federal IT Procurement Reform Act leaves the Defense Department out despite the Pentagon being responsible for...


DoD to Cut Civillian Furlough Days From 11 to 6

The Defense Department will cut the amount of furlough days civilian employees will receive this summer from 11 to six, according to a DefenseOne article. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said other ways were found to make the cuts mandated by sequestration. “The terrible economic harm and injustice that has already been done to the...

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