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DoD Sequestration News

DoD braces for a future of degraded military readiness

Pentagon leaders have spent the past two years warning Congress that sequestration would severely hamper the ability to deploy military forces to contingencies around the world. With no apparent relief in sight from the cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said it's time to start thinking about making the best of a bad situation.

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 04:00am EST
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DoD acquisition programs remain alive, but sequestration damage is real

Virtually every one of DoD's acquisition programs took a hit from sequestration in the first year of sequestration, officials from each of the military services told lawmakers this week. But the next few years of the 10-year spending restrictions could be much more painful, especially if Congress doesn't return to the process of enacting regular appropriations bills.

Friday - 10/25/2013, 03:46am EDT
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Army looks to 'deep future' to ensure it stays ahead of technology curve

Assuming sequestration continues, the Army's near-term procurement plans are in severe jeopardy. But leaders say long-term investments in science and technology are a must.

Thursday - 10/24/2013, 04:11am EDT
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Army faces era of 'dynamic uncertainty' due to CR, sequestration

Army officials say the service is facing uncertainty times after weathering a series of continuing resolutions, sequestration and a partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, a new round of automatic budget cuts may be on the horizon if Congress doesn't pass a new budget come January.

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 04:33pm EDT

Trends in global defense spending

Jack Midgley, a director in Deloitte's Global Defense Consulting practice will discuss the findings in the company's recent report on defense spending.
October 8, 2013

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 11:56pm EDT
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Sequestration causing backups at DoD repair depots

Army and Marine Corps officials are citing cutbacks to the workforce at government-operated facilities that repair military equipment as the reason for less equipment getting back in the hands of warfighters.

Thursday - 10/03/2013, 05:31am EDT
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Air Force warns industry to expect delayed acquisition decisions

The Air Force says budget uncertainty will mean a lot of delayed contracting decisions in the first portion of 2014. Meanwhile, the service is hurriedly trying to spend every last dollar in its 2013 procurement accounts.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 11:40am EDT
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Military: Budget cuts threaten ops like Syria

Military: US ships ready to strike Syria, but budget cuts threaten such future operations

Thursday - 09/12/2013, 02:08pm EDT

The state of the federal market

Robin Portman, executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, will discuss what contractors and agencies are dealing with as they adjust to new budget realities.
September 10, 2013

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 10:57pm EDT
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DoD research, acquisition face double whammy from sequestration

Like everything else, the Pentagon expects to cut procurement and research spending under a second year of sequestration. But DoD's acquisition chief said modernization programs will be a bill-payer for other areas of spending that are harder to reduce quickly.

Thursday - 09/05/2013, 05:49am EDT
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Hagel talks sequestration and readiness

Secretary of State Chuck Hagel speaks to marines about the impact of sequestration on the military's readiness. Also, Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast discusses the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review.

Wednesday - 08/28/2013, 06:19pm EDT
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Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley to lead Pentagon's drive for efficiencies

Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley has a new job: Help the Defense Department cut its headquarters budget by $40 billion over the next 10 years and streamline the Pentagon's organizational structure. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter revealed in internal guidance Monday that Donley, who stepped down from the Air Force in June, would lead the efficiencies review.

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 04:48pm EDT

Fired, furloughed or locked out - what are the odds?

In some states, they used to let condemned prisoners choose their method of execution. That has mostly gone out of style. But here in Washington, politicians still give about-to-be-kicked federal workers some different options, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Such as furloughed, fired or locked out.

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

Coffers nearly dry, FEEA says most furlough loans could end next week

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund says it won't be able to help out most furloughed federal employees beyond the end of the week because donations haven't kept up with the crush of applications from employees facing the forced time off.

Monday - 08/26/2013, 01:41pm EDT
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Report: Thousands of DoD civilians could face layoffs in 2014

The Department of Defense may have to consider cutting thousands of civilians from its workforce if sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, according to a Pentagon planning document obtained by Bloomberg News. The workforce reductions would offset a projected $52 billion in automatic spending cuts.

Friday - 08/23/2013, 01:22pm EDT

How many furlough days did feds actually take?

With the end of fiscal 2013 just over a month away, many agencies are wrapping up their furlough days. Some agencies have even reduced the number of unpaid leave days they originally thought they would need. This graphic depicts the total number of furlough days originally declared by agencies versus the number of furloughs actually taken.

Friday - 08/23/2013, 12:00pm EDT

MSPB continues long slog through 30,000 furlough appeals

The majority of furlough-related appeals the Merit Systems Protection Board has received - 98 percent - have come from civilian employees of the Defense Department. Of the 30,000-plus furlough appeals, MSPB has entered more than 16,000 into its system. The agency says it expects to have most of the appeals docketed shortly after Labor Day.

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 05:16pm EDT

Sequestration Tracker: Guide to agency furloughs

In the weeks leading up to March 1, agencies across government have painted increasingly dire pictures of life under sequestration. Along with hiring freezes, spending reductions, and curtailed travel and training, many agencies are planning for furloughs. With Federal News Radio's Sequestration Tracker, find out how agencies have said they'll slash their budgets to comply with the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts.

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 11:00am EDT

When life deals you furloughs make ... furloughade?

Two furloughed feds share how they turned the negative of an unpaid day off into a positive. One performed service projects for the community where he lives. The other launched a website to keep feds informed about sequestration and furloughs.

Friday - 08/16/2013, 02:44pm EDT
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MSPB delays processing DoD furlough appeals

Due to the flood of appeals coming into its offices, the Merit Systems Protection Board has delayed processing and adjudicating furlough appeals from civilian Defense Department employees. The board will continue to process appeals from non-DoD employees.

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 12:23pm EDT
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