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Intractable F-35 Problems Continue

The federal government's primary weapons tester as well as chief watchdog report on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's poor reliability.  The problems are likely to continue unabated. 

November 18, 2019 — Sean Kennedy 1574114157

Senate DOD Appropriations Bill Lacks House JEDI Guardrails

In the ongoing saga of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud services contract, the bill and report language for S. 2474, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2020 was filed by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) on September 12, 2019.  Unlike its House of Representatives counterpart, H.R.

September 25, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1569443724

The KC-46's Deficiencies Demonstrate the Benefit of Fixed-Price Contracts

The KC-46 is intended to serve multiple roles for the Air Force, but continued problems with the plane has created uncertainty.  Thankfully, the Pentagon arranged a fixed-price contract for the aircraft.

September 18, 2019 — Sean Kennedy 1568819239

Secretary Esper's Reforms Face Long Odds

New Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper has prioritized reforming the way the Pentagon spends money. Predecessors with similar goals failed miserably. 

September 3, 2019 — Sean Kennedy 1567542691

Defense Contractors Return $200 Million in Self-Reported Waste

The DOD IG reports defense contractors have returned more than $200 million over the last decade in self-reported waste.

August 16, 2019 — Allen Johnson 1565973284

Fifteen Years Later, the Defense Travel System is Still a Mess

The DTS distributed nearly $1 billion in improper payments over a three-year period.

August 16, 2019 — Sean Kennedy 1565969446

Hope Ahead for VA/DOD Interoperability

In 1982, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) were charged by Congress to share patient information for servicemembers transitioning from DOD into the VA health care system.  This transition process has been anything but seamless, with medical records being attached to gurneys each time a patient was moved, and hundreds of millions of dollars being wasted trying to develop an interoperable medical records system between the two departments. 

August 7, 2019 — Deborah Collier 1565182762

Air Force's Decline in Mission-Capable Aircraft Continues

The Air Force struggles to field mission-capable aircraft.  This is caused by an aging fleet and the failure of new aircraft such as the Joint Strike Fighter. 

July 30, 2019 — Sean Kennedy 1564511102

Proceed with Caution on JEDI Procurement

The decision announced today in favor of the Department of Defense (DOD) in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims case challenging the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract likely means that it will be awarded shortly to a single vendor. 

July 12, 2019 — Thomas Schatz 1562946076

Citizens Against Government Waste Releases 2019 Congressional Pig Book

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its 2019 Congressional Pig Book, the 27th edition of the group’s exposé on pork-barrel spending.

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