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12:46 am, July 12, 2014

DoD Sequestration News

Sequestration forcing DoD's acquisition programs into 'damage limitation' mode

The Pentagon's acquisition chief said he's planning day-to-day, not year-to-year because of sequestration's indiscriminate cuts and political uncertainty over DoD's budget. In 2014, there will be more opportunities to prioritize, but spending reductions also will lead to cancellation of contracts and downsizing of the military and civilian workforce.

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 05:46am EDT
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DoD furloughs to begin April 26, with almost no exceptions

The Pentagon will send furlough notices to civilian employees in the next two weeks. Defense components would not be spared from furloughs, regardless of any other efforts they take to offset sequestration.

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 05:22am EDT
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House spending bill prevents shutdown, extends pay freeze

The House has approved legislation to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month, freeze federal pay for a third straight year and give the Defense Department some relief from a cash crunch caused by sequestration. The huge spending measure, which was passed on a 267-151 vote, would fund federal operations through September. It leaves in place automatic cuts of 5 percent to domestic agencies and 7.8 percent to the Pentagon ordered by President Barack Obama Friday night after months of battling Republicans over the budget.

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 04:34pm EST

Joint Chiefs welcome House fiscal 2013 budget proposal

The lower chamber's bill would significantly soften the blow against DoD and potentially eliminate current plans such as civilian furloughs because of the automatic budget cuts. The remainder of the government would remain under both sequestration and a full-year continuing resolution.

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 06:36am EST
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Military leaders welcome House GOP budget bill

Military leaders say House GOP budget bill will ease some of the pain of defense cuts

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 03:16am EST

House budget plan includes fed pay freeze extension

House Republicans unveiled a stopgap government funding measure Monday. The measure would extend the federal pay freeze and leave in place automatic sequestration cuts but would award the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments their detailed 2013 budgets while other agencies would be frozen at 2012 levels -- and then bear the across-the-board cuts. The current continuing resolution expires March 27.

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 05:51am EST

Pentagon to furlough teachers, cut commissary time

Pentagon to cut commissary time, furlough teachers, but retain school accreditation

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 04:30am EST

New OMB report lacks details on sequestration cuts

A report released by the White House to detail automatic budget cuts details reductions only down to the budget account level -- not to the more granular program, project and activity level and varies in the level of detail describing cuts to specific agency budgets.

Monday - 03/04/2013, 05:23pm EST

DoD's recovery from sequestration-related cuts will take months, years

With sequestration now in effect, the Defense Department says it will have to begin to make decisions that cross the threshold between "reversible" cuts to military capability and those that will have long-lasting impacts.

Monday - 03/04/2013, 05:21am EST
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Workers anxious as cuts set to take effect

In nation's military communities, workers anxious as deep cuts set to take effect

Friday - 03/01/2013, 03:08pm EST

Military worried small business suppliers will disappear during sequestration

Small firms already have taken a disproportionate hit from DoD's pullback in 2013 spending, Pentagon officials say. Military acquisition leaders worry the sudden cuts will bankrupt small businesses that provide one-of-a-kind capabilities.

Friday - 03/01/2013, 06:10am EST
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Obama signs sequestration order; what's next for feds?

Sequestration is officially a reality for federal employees and agencies. President Barack Obama signed the sequestration order into effect Friday night. After more than 15 months, fierce debate and a delay at the beginning of the year, the $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts are officially here. Find out what steps civilian agencies and the Pentagon are taking, including employee furloughs. Plus find out what comes next in terms of negotiations between the White House and Congress.

Friday - 03/01/2013, 12:00am EST

Sequestration treadmill picking up steam across DoD

The automatic budget cuts set to occur under sequestration will go into effect as a matter of law on Friday. But their full impact won't be felt until late this spring, long after lawmakers encounter the next budget showdown.

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 07:27am EST
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Coast Guard: Budget cuts to limit flights, patrols

Coast Guard commandant says automatic spending cuts would mean fewer flight hours, sea patrols

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 01:10pm EST

Obama rejects plan for more say in spending cuts

Obama rejects GOP plan to give president more say in allocating spending cuts

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 02:33am EST

Military leaders say Congress must stop sequester

Military leaders say automatic budget cuts will undercut ability to confront global threats

Tuesday - 02/26/2013, 07:20pm EST

Obama warns of risks over budget cut uncertainty

Obama warns that uncertainty over budget cuts already taking hold ahead of Friday deadline

Tuesday - 02/26/2013, 03:15am EST

Sequester: Bombshell or burp?

We've got another week, at least, of hair-pulling news and analysis about sequestration, federal furloughs and the like. So, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know, is this going to be the bombshell critics claim or as harmless as a burp in church?

Tuesday - 02/26/2013, 02:00am EST

Army fears sequestration's indirect effects on service members

Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment, said many of the cost-cutting measures the Army will be forced to take because of sequestration, such as letting service and maintenance contracts expire, could have a trickle-down effect on service members.

Friday - 02/22/2013, 07:18pm EST
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In Army, sequestration will force about-face on acquisition reforms

Army says its implementation of DoD's Better Buying Power directives saved hundreds of millions of dollars last year, but this year's budget chaos will undo much of the progress.

Friday - 02/22/2013, 06:03am EST
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