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OMB to Congress: Sequestration impact 'real,' but furloughs not immediate

Obama administration officials are painting a bleak picture of how federal agencies would fare under sequestration, the automatic budget cuts slated to go into effect in two weeks. The Senate Appropriations Committee heard testimony from several Obama administration officials about the consequences of the cuts, which are set to take effect March 1. However, Danny Werfel, controller of the Office of Management and Budget, emphasized to the committee that employee furloughs would not be immediate.

Tags: Congress , Senate , Senate Appropriations Committee , Barbara Mikulski , Danny Werfel , sequestration , OMB , furloughs , Jack Moore

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 05:50pm EST
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Pentagon orders planning for civilian furloughs, other cutbacks

Defense Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter told DoD components Thursday to draw up plans for full-year continuing resolution, plus sequestration. The approach to deal with across-the-board cuts would be to freeze civilian hiring, cut training, travel and conferences and reduce business technology expenditures.

Tags: DoD , Congress , DoD budget , sequestration , Martin Dempsey , workforce , furloughs , AFGE , Jacqueline Simon , Jared Serbu , Leon Panetta

Friday - 01/11/2013, 05:42am EST
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Military issues dire warnings of readiness crisis, decries political gridlock

Among the warnings the military's top uniformed officers delivered to the Senate Tuesday: Half of Marine Corps units will fall below readiness standards by the end of the year, the Army will have to curtail training for 80 percent of its ground forces and shipyards are already becoming short-staffed because of DoD's hiring freeze.

Tags: Congress , DoD , workforce , readiness , Senate Armed Services Committee , sequestration , Martin Dempsey , Mark Ferguson , Raymond Odierno , James Amos , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 06:02am EST
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DoD details furloughs under sequestration

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said employees furloughed because of sequestration would lose one day of work per week for the remainder of the budget year, which ends in September. DoD already is eliminating 46,000 temporary civilian workers in anticipation of budget cuts.

Tags: DoD , budget , sequestration , workforce ,

Friday - 01/25/2013, 05:16pm EST

Better Buying Power 2.0 - Livetweeting the release of DoD's new acquisition strategy

Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller live-tweeted the remarks from Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall who unveiled the new acquisition strategy.

Tags: Better Buying Power , acquisition , DoD , Frank Kendall ,

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 05:15pm EST

DoD bans entertainment, swag at conferences

No more motivational speakers, musicians or promotional swag. The Defense Department is banning entertainment-related expenses at its conferences, according to a new memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.

Tags: DoD , contracting , conference , Shakeup at GSA , VA , Jolie Lee

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 11:30am EDT

In Depth interviews - August 7

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , David Wise , Michael Phillips , Jeff Zients , David Hendel , Tom Shoop , Doug Criscitello , budget , NASA , USPS , IRS

Tuesday - 08/07/2012, 07:41pm EDT

OMB, DoD remain mum on sequestration's impact on specific programs

Agencies should not change their spending plans for this year or next, but need to start assessing which programs would be impacted by automatic sequestration cuts if Congress doesn't cancel them, OMB acting Director Jeff Zients told Congress Wednesday.

Tags: Congress , OMB , budget , sequestration , Jeffrey Zients , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Budget Control Act , Jared Serbu , DoD

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 06:09am EDT
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