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Lauren C. Williams

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Lauren C. Williams

Lauren C. Williams is senior editor for Defense One. She previously covered defense technology and cybersecurity for FCW and Defense Systems. Before then, Williams has reported on several issues, including internet culture, national security, health care, politics and crime for various publications. She has a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@govexec.com or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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The Pentagon’s lead intelligence agency has an HR problem

Too few human-resources staffers means a constant struggle to keep up with basic personnel record-keeping and more.

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More than a dozen states activated National Guard to secure midterms

Other states can also request help if circumstances warrant, but some leaders say more capacity is needed.

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Lack of Space National Guard could hurt training, recruiting

National Guard directors are worried about losing key talent for space capabilities, as they remain without the creation of a specified guard and reserve component.

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New missions present challenges for DOD cyber workforce

Mieke Eoyang, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, said one of DOD's main cyber workforce challenges is being able to set expectations around policymakers' calls to step in and defend against cyberattacks.

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DOD could get new tech positions

Heidi Shyu , undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, wants to add new oversight roles for software and sustainment efforts.

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Watchdog says contractor oversight lacking in Afghanistan

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction's newest report calls out the government's failure to oversee contractors on waste, fraud and abuse.

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Inconsistent coding may undercut DOD cyber workforce efforts

A DOD IG audit found that while the Pentagon has made strides, inconsistent job coding for civilian cyber work roles across a wide range of positions may hinder recruiting and retention.

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DOD could face $4 billion in pandemic reimbursement payments for contractors

According to a GAO report, the Defense Department may have $4 billion in eligible reimbursements for contractors under the CARES Act.

Defense bills may be delayed until December

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) recently said delays could lead Congress to have to pass a continuing resolution to start FY 2022.

Michael Brown withdraws nomination for DOD's top acquisition role

The person chosen for the top slot in acquisition at the Pentagon has voluntarily dropped out of contention.

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DOD's electronic health records rollout hits 30 percent completion

DOD has completed nearly one-third of its rollout of its new electronic health records system, with 42,000 active users in more than a dozen states.

Board adds new training head, board members

Melanie Kyle Gingrich will take over training daily operations for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body as the vice president of training and development.

Pentagon aims to boost cyber workforce

The Defense Department is developing a new policy series aimed at improving the cyber workforce, but it has substantial work to do to recruit the talent needed in the future.

New group aims to help Pentagon better adapt to technology

The new group is tasked with looking for areas in research and engineering that, if improved, would make the Defense Department better at adapting new technology.

IG says DOD should update emergency response plans to accommodate telework

Each component should also update its plan "to include revised assumptions regarding telework for personnel and the resources required to support the teleworking workforce," the IG wrote in an April 1 report.

What's at stake with Biden's Pentagon vacancies?

The Biden administration has several Defense Department vacancies to fill in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and military departments. But what does that mean for personnel and the 2022 budget?

What's at stake with Biden's Pentagon vacancies?

The Biden administration has several Defense Department vacancies to fill in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and military departments. But what does that mean for personnel and the 2022 budget?

Pentagon needs AI at every leadership level, panel recommends

Robert Work, vice chairman of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence called for DOD to implement a "top-down leadership" approach "to push integration of AI throughout the force."

Senate votes to extend pandemic benefits for contractors

A Senate amendment to the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Act extends pandemic relief authorities to government contractors for paid leave through the end of the fiscal year.