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Budget News

Military facilities get shorted as part of DoD's tough 2015 budget choices

The Pentagon's 2015 budget request includes sharp cuts in funding for construction and maintenance on military bases, which congressional appropriators immediately denounced. But Defense officials say they could do a better job of maintaining military bases if they were allowed to close they ones they no longer need.

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 04:14am EDT
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Who are the winners and losers in the 2015 budget?

Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst at Bloomberg Government, will give us his take on the President's 2015 budget request.
March 11, 2014

Tuesday - 03/11/2014, 09:28pm EDT
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From furloughs to hiring freezes, how did your agency deal with sequestration?

In a new report provided to the House Budget Committee, the Government Accountability Office provides more details of just how agencies coped with the mandatory budget reductions under sequestration. Nearly every agency surveyed by GAO canceled or limited monetary performance awards for employees, reduced spending on both travel and training and curtailed hiring. A total of seven agencies furloughed employees.

Tuesday - 03/11/2014, 12:17pm EDT

Budget seeks largest increase in federal civilian workforce since 2009

After years of flat or even declining staffing levels at agencies across the federal government, the Obama administration wants most agencies to begin staffing up again. In fact, President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposes the largest governmentwide staffing increase since 2009.

Monday - 03/10/2014, 04:25pm EDT

Tracking feds' morale, changes to General Schedule part of 2015 budget plan

The Obama administration is calling on agencies to get smarter about tracking employee morale and engagement. The administration plans to roll out an "engagement dashboard" this year that agency supervisors can use to track the mood of their workforces. It's just one part of a planned overhaul of federal management called for in President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget blueprint. Other initiatives include a revamp of the General Schedule personnel system, real-time performance reviews of management efforts and enhanced training for senior executives.

Monday - 03/10/2014, 02:08pm EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD's even-more-complicated-than-usual budget request

Federal News Radio's DoD Reporter Jared Serbu offers news tidbits and buzz about the Defense Department.

Monday - 03/10/2014, 04:05am EDT

Finally, a new emphasis on federal training

For far too long federal agencies have looked to the training budget as one of the first places to cut (after travel) when budgets are tight. Training cuts are among the most shortsighted of the budget-cutting options, says former Homeland Security CHCO Jeff Neal.

Friday - 03/07/2014, 04:00am EST
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Even defense hawks are pessimistic about DoD 2015 request for extra funds

The Obama administration says the Defense Department needs an additional $26 billion in excess of next year's Defense spending caps in order to carry out DoD's mission. But even the staunchest defenders of the Pentagon budget on Capitol Hill acknowledge that the extra funding is unlikely to materialize.

Friday - 03/07/2014, 03:52am EST
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With budget release, OMB seeks stability for federal workforce

The Office of Management and Budget says the President's fiscal 2015 budget proposal released this week represents an attempt to move beyond the budget gridlock of the past few years. In an exclusive Federal News Radio interview, OMB Deputy Director Brian Deese discussed proposals boost funding for federal-employee training programs and to overhaul way individual agencies' programs are funded.

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 07:26pm EST
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Pentagon, Senate lawmakers already at odds over 2015 budget cuts

DoD's cost savings proposals for 2015 and beyond include something for every lawmaker to hate. The process of selling the budget on Capitol Hill officially kicked off Wednesday, and the reception was not exceptionally warm.

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 04:12am EST
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Gates: Compensation, benefits more than a third of DoD budget

When Robert Gates was secretary of Defense, he tried three years in a row to increase out-of-pocket expenses for TRICARE participants. But Congress voted that down every time.

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 05:39pm EST
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GAO seeks budget hike to restore staffing from rock-bottom levels

The Government Accountability Office is requesting about $525 million for fiscal 2015, an increase of about 4 percent, or $19 million, above current levels. The additional funding would allow the agency to continue staffing up the agency from the nearly rock-bottom levels it hit over the past few years. The additional funding would also allow GAO to make upgrades to its aging IT infrastructure and do long-deferred building upkeep and and maintenance

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 04:33pm EST

White House budget breakdown: FY 2015 agency-by-agency funding levels

President Barack Obama released his fiscal 2015 budget blueprint Tuesday. The budget proposal lays out the administration's spending priorities for next year, but Congress holds the final purse strings and is likely to balk at several of the proposals. Track the Obama's administration's proposed funding levels for federal agencies below.

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 11:13am EST

Agency-by-agency summary of Obama budget

Agency-by-agency summary of Obama budget

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 04:30am EST

Pentagon seeks new out-of-pocket charges for TRICARE beneficiaries

Family members of active duty service members and military retirees would see new fees under the Defense Department's proposal to consolidate TRICARE plans, as part of the fiscal 2015 budget request sent to Congress Tuesday.

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 03:51am EST
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Budget proposal fleshes out OMB's management agenda

In the fiscal 2015 budget, the White House laid out initiatives that fall under each of the four pillars of the management agenda. The federal IT budget would drop to $79.1 billion in 2015 -- down from $81.4 billion in 2014.

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 05:09pm EST
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White House budget aims to boost federal employee pay, training

The White House's fiscal 2015 budget proposal released Tuesday aims to boost funding for federal-employee training, which has been hard hit by across-the-board sequestration cuts in recent years. The budget also proposes a 1 percent pay increase for federal employees and leaves untouched federal retirement programs.

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 04:39pm EST

Agency-by-agency summary of Obama's 2015 proposed budget

President Barack Obama released top-line numbers for his proposed 2015 budget today. What's in it for your agency?

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:36pm EST

Online Chat: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process

Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker and Connecticut State Representative Diana Urban join Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss what needs to be done to fix the failing federal budget process. View an archive of the recent chat.

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 02:13pm EST

Time to fix the federal spending house of (reporting) horrors

Despite the billions spent investing in systems, financial processes are such that when you add up all the layers, it takes something akin to archaeology for a citizen to unearth a specific fact about where and how money was spent, says Federal News Radio host Tom Temin.

Tuesday - 03/04/2014, 12:46pm EST
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