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It's been two years since the Plain Language Writing Act became law. While agencies are doing a better job, more work needs to be done. A federal expert on plain language is offering agencies the writing tips he employs on a daily basis. At the same time, a new bill in Congress would extend the plain language act to cover federal regulations.
The Pentagon delays its RFP for a new electronic health record system. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says a revised approach is coming soon.
Federal auditors say a job-training program designed to help veterans re-enter the workforce has more than 60,000 empty slots, left unfilled despite efforts to reduce the jobless rate among veterans.
Alaska-based soldier gets 16 years for selling secrets to FBI agent posing as Russian spy
Hagel cancels creation of new drone, cyber medal; Military to add device to existing medals
It manages America's defense attaché system, operating out of U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe. It counts more than 16,500 military and civilian employees in 139 countries, with hundreds in Afghanistan. An unknown number work undercover. Its size has more than doubled since 2000, partly because of the restructuring of military intelligence, and many more employees are deployed abroad. Today, more than half of DIA's staff is posted outside of Washington, compared to less than a third in 2000. The agency is bolstering its clandestine operations overseas.
Federal budget cuts will ground one-third of the U.S. Air Force's active-duty force of combat planes including fighters and bombers. A top general says that means "accepting the risk that combat airpower may not be ready to respond immediately to new contingencies as they occur." Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, issued the warning as the Pentagon braces for more effects of the automatic spending cuts.
Hagel says Obama didn't instruct him to cut heart out of Pentagon, says budgets cuts were law
The Defense Department's attitude toward the importance of auditability has undergone a marked change, but experts believe compliance with its next legal deadline will be a stretch.
Defense Department officials said Thursday they were considering reducing the number of furlough days for their civilian employees from 14 to seven.
The Pentagon has submitted $526.6 billion that calls for closing bases, slashing the civilian workforce and scrapping weapons programs. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says it reflects the need to pay for the war in Afghanistan, implementing the President's defense strategic guidance. "This budget also increases DoD's investments in its cyber workforce, continues to implement our rebalance to Asia and makes new investments the flexible platforms needed for the future," says Hagel. He also says that future will take place in a world of complete uncertainty.
The Air Force commander who overturned a jury's guilty verdict in a sexual assault case -- enraging members of Congress and prompting talk of military justice reform -- explained his case in a letter to a top Pentagon official, saying he found the accused officer and his wife more believable than the alleged victim.
Mark Easton, DoD's deputy chief financial officer, says the challenges toward a clean audit are significant but the Pentagon is still optimistic.
The Air Force Materiel Command is trying to save up to $1 billion through a process called High Velocity Maintenance. Dr. Steve Butler, the executive director of the Air Force Materiel Command, speaks with Francis Rose about how the process helps his agency save money.
Former DoD Deputy CFO Al Tucker and Asif Khan from the Government Accountability Office join Francis Rose on this week's edition of Pentagon Solutions to discuss the challenges DoD has in reaching a clean audit by 2017.
The Defense Department's 2014 budget proposal reduces the size of the civilian workforce slightly, increases TRICARE premiums, and requests another round of base closures. It also calls for a slight raise for both civilian employees and uniformed servicemembers. The budget significantly exceeds the Defense spending caps in current law.
Budget cuts ground 3rd of Air Force warplanes; those headed to Afghanistan to be mission ready
Budget cuts force Navy's Blue Angels stunt pilots to cancel performances for the rest of 2013
Hagel recommends Congress strip commanders' ability to reverse criminal convictions
A second man who pleaded guilty has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for planning to attack a military recruitment facility in Seattle and murder U.S. servicemen in 2011.
Walli Mujahidh, 34, was one of two men who had planned to storm the Military Entrance Processing Station south of downtown Seattle with machine guns and grenades in retaliation for U.S. military actions in Afghanistan.
Joseph Anthony Davis, was sentenced to 18 years in prison last month.