How Army's COTS software helps complete tasks more efficiently

Federal Drive with Tom Temin show

Summary: The Defense Department has been under Congressional orders to cut its headquarters spending and boost its efficiency for several years now. The Army found a way to do that simply by doing a better job of managing and tracking how information and tasks move around the Pentagon. Last year, it implemented a commercial-off-the-shelf software suite it calls the Task Management Tool. Since then, officials said they have managed to cut the average time it takes to complete a “tasker” by 14 days. Late tasks have been cut by 33 percent. Gus Burnside, deputy product lead for Army Enterprise Staff Management Systems, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, about what constitutes a “tasker,” and how they are being processed more efficiently.