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7:03 pm, March 26, 2015

Sequestration

Military leaders express misgivings about House plan to boost their budget

Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending is incompatible with the current Defense strategy. But, they also have serious concerns with the plan House Republicans released this week to boost Defense funding, saying it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of budget uncertainty.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:00am EDT
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DoD pursues back-office savings ahead of potential cuts from sequestration

The Defense Business Board outlines three approaches for the Pentagon to save $125 billion across six administrative areas. Defense Deputy Secretary Bob Work said the 90-day study will help his department improve productivity as sequestration looms.

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:05am EDT
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Army to deal with budget cuts by sharing services with local communities

The military already has shown it can improve services on bases through public-private partnerships. As budgets shrink, the next task is to partner with local governments.

Wednesday - 03/11/2015, 04:25am EDT

The new Congress

Ken Gold, director of the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, will give his thoughts on some of the issues that Congress will be addressing over the next few months.
March 9, 2015

Monday - 03/09/2015, 08:47pm EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Tighter budgets lead to more cost overruns; Army wraps up listening tour ahead of force stru

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, could a new report finally explain which Pentagon policies tend to lead to cost and schedule growth, and which ones keep programs on track? Plus, why it seems unlikely that Congress will go along with DoD's latest request to close stateside military bases.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 03:35am EDT

Army: Sequestration to cause 'domino effect' on base maintenance

After two years of operating under sequestration level funding, the Army now faces a $3 billion maintenance backlog and 5,500 work orders, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 11:58am EST
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Carter opens door to more DoD civilian job cuts

Ashton Carter, the new Defense secretary, told lawmakers this week that most of DoD's civilian workforce is performing mission-critical functions. But large budgets over the past decade have let the department do a lot of hiring without much thought toward cutting outdated positions, he said.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:42am EST
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Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

GOP-controlled Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without immigration restrictions

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 11:10am EST

2016 budget aims to 'arrest' deterioration in military facilities

Nearly a quarter of the military's facilities are rated as in "poor" condition; another 7 percent are failing. Officials say their 2016 budget would begin to dig out of billions of dollars in backlogged maintenance needs.

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 08:51am EST
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DoD likely to send Congress a 'what if' report, detailing impacts of sequestration

After having gotten a partial, two-year reprieve from sequestration, the original caps Congress set for the Defense Department in the Budget Control Act (BCA) are scheduled to go back into effect in October.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 04:07am EST

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: DoD plans sequestration impacts report; LPTA review is not an LPTA review

In this week's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, the Pentagon draws a clearer picture of sequestration for Congress and an update to an earlier DoD Reporter's Notebook item on the Pentagon embarking on a new review of the department's use of lowest-price technically acceptable (LPTA) contract awards.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 03:56am EST

OMB warns of consequences if sequestration returns in 2016

The Office of Management and Budget tells Congress if it doesn't fix sequestration, discretionary spending across the government would drop by more than $90 billion.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 01:20pm EST

Reaching a Pentagon budget deal: From wishful thinking to reality

Two former DoD comptrollers say a two-year defense budget deal could achieve President Barack Obama's goal of eliminating sequestration.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 11:33am EST
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Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

Obama calls for spending surge to burst past 'sequester' limits, buoyed by rising economy

Friday - 01/30/2015, 03:36am EST

McCain pushes greater role for military service chiefs to fix acquisition

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee has more work to do before it draws up a broad acquisition reform package. But one element will be a more full-throated role for the uniformed military.

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:36am EST
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No sequestration cuts in 2015, OMB says

A new report from OMB stated the discretionary spending budget caps for defense and non-defense categories matched or came in less than what's called for in the Budget Control Act.

Friday - 01/23/2015, 12:36pm EST

Which TSP fund is the best option for you?

Financial planner Arthur Stein joins host Mike Causey to answer your questions about which TSP fund to invest in.
January 14, 2015

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 06:57pm EST
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Jim Carafano, Heritage Foundation

The budget will be one of the first things the new Congress takes up, according to leadership on both sides of Capitol Hill. The Defense Department is already starting its push to end -- or at least cut back on -- sequestration. James Jay Carafano is director of the Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says he thinks Congress will do a real defense budget in 2015, but that doesn't mean sequestration will go away.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:28pm EST

Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, President, Military Officers Association of America

Troops start the new year with a 1 percent pay raise. That's a little less than the 1.8 percent raise they would have gotten automatically from the annual cost of living adjustment. A study on pay and benefits from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is due next month. Vice Adm. Norb Ryan is president of the Military Officers Association of America. He says some kind of reform is long overdue. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says morale is still a top priority for the military, even with fewer commitments in Afghanistan.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:20pm EST

Carol Bonosaro, President, Senior Executives Association

"Hope" is a critical word for the senior executive service going into 2015, according to Senior Executives Association President Carol Bonosaro. That hope stems from President Barack Obama's recent address to the SES and his management agenda. But reality might stand in the way of financial and management progress at your agency. She shared her Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. Carol expects low morale to continue because of a not-so-new Congress.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:19pm EST
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