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DoD Sequestration News

Hagel warns of possible DoD layoffs in 2014 if sequestration continues

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Congress that if spending caps continue under sequestration, marked cuts in DoD's budget would possibly lead to reductions in force. Hagel also said there could be severe cuts in operations and maintenance.

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 07:44pm EDT

DoD says it has legal authority to furlough working capital fund employees

Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale says the Pentagon has the legal authority to furlough DoD civilians paid out of working-capital funds. Hale was responding to an earlier letter from Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), and more than two dozen other lawmakers, who wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last month requesting the legal rationale for furloughing working-capital fund employees.

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 05:56pm EDT

Furloughs have feds singing the sequestration blues

Furloughs for civilian Defense Department employees officially kicked off this week. That has many employees singing the blues -- literally.

Monday - 07/08/2013, 07:58pm EDT

House members push to let PTO offset sequester cuts

House members with constituents impacted by budget cuts to the Patent and Trademark Office and Department of Defense are taking steps to ease the effect of sequestration and furloughs.

Monday - 07/08/2013, 06:34pm EDT

Pentagon civilian workers face first of 11 furlough days today

Approximately 85 percent of the Defense Department's civilian workforce -- more than 650,000 employees -- will be staying home Monday, as the first of DoD's cost-cutting furlough days goes into effect. The furloughs were put in place to offset automatic, across-the-board spending cuts implemented by sequestration. DoD estimates the furloughs will save between $1.9 billion and $2.1 billion.

Monday - 07/08/2013, 06:32am EDT

Another furlough Friday, relief possible for some

Thousands of federal employees at four separate government agencies are required to take an unpaid furlough day July 5. Meanwhile, employees at two government agencies could see a diminished impact of furloughs.

Friday - 07/05/2013, 10:29am EDT

July 4th fireworks scrapped at a number of bases

Budget cuts mean quiet celebration as July 4th marked without fireworks at some military bases

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 03:12am EDT

DoD to managers: Don't use military, contractors to offset civilian furloughs

A new memo from the Defense Department tells field commanders and managers not to shift workloads onto military personnel or contractors, and not to require civilians to work longer hours to make up for productivity losses during mandatory furlough days.

Monday - 07/01/2013, 05:53pm EDT

Army to cut brigades at 10 US bases

Army to cut brigades at 10 US bases by 2017 to reduce spending as wars end

Wednesday - 06/26/2013, 05:20am EDT

Sequestration, budget cuts taking their toll on DoD financial managers

DoD's senior executives with responsibility for budget matters report a sudden decline in job satisfaction. No surprise: sequestration's mostly to blame.

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 05:50am EDT

DoD assures Congress contractors will share in the pain of sequestration

The Defense Department is examining all of its contracts as part of the reductions necessary under automatic budget cuts. Reductions to contractors, not civilians, will make up "the majority" of the cost savings.

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 05:54am EDT
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Pentagon preparing 2014 spending plan that factors in sequestration

By July 1, the Pentagon will provide the Senate Armed Services Committee its plan for managing reduced fiscal 2014 budget levels, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in a speech Wednesday. The committee had asked DoD to provide a list of spending reductions after the White House submitted a budget proposal for next fiscal year that simply ignored sequestration, ostensibly in the hope that the automatic budget cuts would be canceled or otherwise avoided in 2014.

Thursday - 06/06/2013, 08:07pm EDT

Tons of cocaine entering U.S. due to sequestration cuts, rear admiral says

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Charles Michel, director of the Joint Interagency Task Force South told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that cuts from sequestration are limiting the resources available to stop large amounts of cocaine from entering the country.

Thursday - 06/06/2013, 11:38am EDT
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Sequestration slows network modernization that Navy can't wait for

In the initial round of installations, the Navy hoped to outfit 15 ships with the new standardized IT architecture. But fiscal 2013 budget problems will cut the number of ships roughly in half.

Monday - 06/03/2013, 06:59am EDT
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DoD furlough decision driven by readiness concerns

Roughly 680,000 DoD civilians will be forced to take one day off per week without pay between July 8 and the end of the fiscal year as a result of the automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration. Jessica Wright, acting undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, told In Depth with Francis Rose the decision wasn't an easy one.

Wednesday - 05/29/2013, 07:04pm EDT
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DoD waging 'continuing war' on unproductive acquisition bureaucracy

The Pentagon will begin tracking how much time its acquisition managers spend performing and responding to oversight in an effort to remove "non-value-added" processes from the procurement system.

Tuesday - 05/28/2013, 05:49am EDT
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Uncle Sam's GPS: Are we there yet?

When you're on a vacation trip or long drive, do your kids keep asking "Are we there yet?!" Now, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, suppose you are Uncle Sam and you've told your 1.8 million kids they are going on a sequestration vacation. If they keep asking are we there yet, what do you tell them?

Thursday - 05/16/2013, 02:00am EDT

Intelligence Community free from furloughs

In an email to employees, Director James Clapper said that he does not envision furloughs for feds that fall under the National Intelligence Program.

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 06:17pm EDT

Latest on sequestration and military budgets

On this week's edition of Pentagon Solutions, host Francis Rose looks at the latest information on furloughs at the Defense Department as well as the 2014 budgets for the Army and Air Force.

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 05:31pm EDT
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Hagel makes 'difficult choice,' civilian furloughs to begin July 8

The Defense Department reduces the number of furlough days from 14 to 11. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said it's possible the number could drop further, but he offered no promises.

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 05:38am EDT
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