• Mattis to Remove Pentagon CMO over Performance

    Mattis to Remove Pentagon CMO over Performance0

    The White House is looking for a replacement for John Gibson II, the Pentagon’s first-ever chief management officer (CMO), for a “lack of performance,” according to defense officials. Gibson, whose primary duty is reforming DOD’s business operations including real property management, remains in his job for now but his responsibilities have been scaled back, reports

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  • Plan to Reform ‘Fourth Estate’ Remains Largely Intact

    Plan to Reform ‘Fourth Estate’ Remains Largely Intact0

    The crux of House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry’s plan to streamline Pentagon bureaucracy largely survived House-Senate negotiations over the final version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, with defense support agencies and field activities remaining a target for cost-cutting reforms. The conference agreement requires the chief management officer (CMO) to certify that spending

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  • Amendment to Delay Reorganizing Defense IT Agency May Prove Ineffective

    Amendment to Delay Reorganizing Defense IT Agency May Prove Ineffective0

    An amendment added on the House floor Tuesday to the fiscal 2019 defense spending bill designed to stave off the dismantling of the Defense Information Systems Agency may not achieve its stated objective, reports C4ISRNet.com. The amendment, proposed by Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.), would prohibit DOD from spending funds on planning needed to transfer the

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  • Focus on Fourth Estate Reforms Is Not Going Away, Experts Say

    Focus on Fourth Estate Reforms Is Not Going Away, Experts Say0

    Washington, D.C. — An initiative to streamline DOD’s support agencies by cutting duplicative activities and reorganizing others led by House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) likely will take several years to complete, although it still is not clear what ultimately will be achieved through the effort, a panel of Washington-based experts said Wednesday at

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  • Senate Advances NDAA; Next Stop Will Be Conference Committee

    Senate Advances NDAA; Next Stop Will Be Conference Committee0

    Washington, D.C. — The Senate on Monday easily passed its fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, 85-10, setting up negotiations with the House to reconcile their competing versions of the policy measure. The legislation would authorize $708.1 billion in discretionary spending, including $69 billion for the overseas contingency operations account. One key difference between the two

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  • Pentagon CMO Favors Thornberry’s Proposal to Reform Support Agencies

    Pentagon CMO Favors Thornberry’s Proposal to Reform Support Agencies0

    John Gibson II, the Pentagon’s first-ever chief management officer (CMO), said that “at the high level” the Defense Department supports House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry’s plan to streamline its support agencies by cutting duplicative activities and reorganizing others, according to a recent interview. “In the spirit of where the chairman’s going, I’d say we’re

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