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DoD Sequestration News

Hagel lays out options for dealing with sequestration beyond 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says service members will have to share in the pain of sequestration if the automatic budget cuts continue into next year. In a Pentagon press briefing Wednesday, Hagel laid out a "menu of options" for dealing with sequestration in 2014 and beyond, including changes to military pay and benefits, consolidating headquarters staff and a potential modest reduction in military force structure.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 04:29pm EDT
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On DoD: How sequestration could impact contractors

While at this relatively early stage of the budget cutting process it's difficult to quantify exactly what the effects have been or will be, on this week's show we'll hear some preliminary takes from two people the defense industry very closely: Elana Broitman, principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy, and Marion Blakey, the CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 04:10pm EDT
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Small firms feel first bite of DoD budget cuts as large contractors' stock soars

As the first elements of sequestration's impact on the Defense industrial base begin to take shape, observers inside and outside the Pentagon worry about small businesses.

Wednesday - 07/31/2013, 05:27am EDT
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AP sources: Pentagon likely to cut furlough days

AP sources: Pentagon likely to cut number of civilian unpaid furlough days by as much as 5

Tuesday - 07/30/2013, 01:00pm EDT

Face of Furloughs: DoD employee struggles to pay bills

Frances Smith, a civilian Defense Department employee, is having problems making ends meet after furloughs trimmed her paycheck. "I'm wondering now, next week, how I'm going to even pay for my groceries," she told Federal News Radio.

Monday - 07/29/2013, 05:06pm EDT
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House passes DoD spending bill, prohibits furloughs in 2014

DoD officials briefed House Armed Services members about 2013 furloughs and are figuring out whether they can reduce the number of days employees have to take without pay.

Thursday - 07/25/2013, 05:31am EDT

DoD furloughs could cause FEEA loans to swell to record levels

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund is receiving more requests for loans than ever before as weekly furloughs hit the Defense Department. Director Steve Bauer said the non-profit organization is doing everything it can to keep up.
July 24 & 30, 2013

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 02:47pm EDT
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Pentagon chief can't offer hope in budget cuts

To troops and furloughed Defense civilians, Hagel offers empathy but no hope for budget help

Monday - 07/22/2013, 02:30pm EDT

Navy running out of options to reduce the pain of sequestration in 2014, beyond

Next fiscal year would lack the luxury of using prior-year unobligated funds to help fill the gap created by sequestration in 2013. The DoN also would still have more people on its payroll than it can afford to pay.

Monday - 07/22/2013, 05:56am EDT
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DoD getting down to brass tacks with 2014 sequestration cuts

The military's two top ranking officers said in a Senate confirmation hearing that the department has been working on the plan for the past two weeks and should complete it by October.

Friday - 07/19/2013, 06:39am EDT

Hagel orders 20 percent budget cuts within top DoD offices

The budget reductions for Pentagon staff and top military brass are targeted for the 2015-2019 timeframe. Pentagon spokesman George Little says personnel reductions associated with these savings will be determined during the development of detailed execution plans.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 09:29pm EDT

Sequestration Q&A: Who are the DoD civilians exempted from furloughs?

Furloughs for some 650,000 Defense Department civilian employees kicked in last week.Still, about 15 percent of the civilian workforce is exempt from furloughs. In this Q&A, Pat Tamburrino, chief of staff to the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, discusses federal furlough exemptions and DoD decision-making.

Tuesday - 07/16/2013, 02:12pm EDT
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Will DoD's 2014 sequestration plan jolt Congress into action?

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel put the ball in Congress' court this week when he released details of how the Pentagon would manage billions of dollars in cuts if sequestration continues into fiscal 2014 and beyond. But, there's not yet anything close to a winning strategy in Congress to avert or replace the automatic budget cuts.

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 06:31pm EDT
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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
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