A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General report has determined that the VA is woefully short on psychiatrists, according to Military Times.
A new report based on a December 2014 study says that 94 of 140 healthcare facilities needed more psychiatrists to meet demand. The report attributed the shortage to many issues including the high cost of hiring qualified doctors, a large amount of time existing doctors spent on duties other than treating patients, and lack of a centralized hiring process and performance management system.
The U.S. Air Force blamed mistaken cost estimates for the new bomber program — one of the most closely watched defense acquisition efforts underway — in part on “human error,” according to DoDBuzz.
As Bloomberg News reporter Tony Capaccio noted in a question to officials this week during a “State of the Air Force” briefing at the Pentagon, the service this year estimated the so-called Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRSB, would cost $58 billion over a decade, up from a previous estimate of just $33 billion — though the correct figure is closer to $42 billion.
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James denied there had been a change in cost factors and blamed the problems on human error.
“So we’ve counseled the people, we’ve tightened up the process,” James said. “It’s been corrected with the Congress. The key thing is there has been no change in those cost figures and we regret the error.”
On his way to Silicon Valley, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday that a recent intrusion into a Joint Chiefs of Staff computer network shows the military does not have the cyber defenses it needs. Now he wants help, according to the website DefenseOne.
“That is evidence that we’re not doing as good as we need to do in job one in cyber, which is defending our own networks,” Carter said of the Joint Chiefs breach after receiving classified briefings during an Air Force exercise in cyber and space defenses. “Our military is empowered by and also dependent upon networks for its effective operations. So, we have to be good, and I would say we have to be better at network defense than we are now.”
Carter said his desire to increase the military’s computer defenses is one reason he is heading to Silicon Valley on Friday to recruit outside help.
Federal agencies will pay at least $132 million to begin cleaning up the mess caused by the computer hack of at least 22 million current and former federal employees and military personnel. About 40 percent of the total, or nearly $53 million, will be paid by the U.S. Army. A little more than a quarter will be paid by the Air Force and 17 percent, or about $23 million, will come from the Navy, according to National Journal.
Last month, OPM notified agencies it would charge them for their share of the protection services being offered to at least 22 million hack victims, proportional to the number of affected former and current employees, contractors, and applicants connected to each agency. The OPM has notified each agency what they owe for fiscal 2015, agencies must shift funds around to make the required payments.
The Defense Department submitted its reprogramming request to Congress, where it has already received approval from at least the Senate Appropriations Committee's panel on Defense spending. The plan set aside $132 million to pay for hack victims' credit and identity monitoring, identity restoration and protection services for dependent children.
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