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Labor Dept. says defense layoffs 'speculative,' no need for warning

Defense industry executives have spent the last few weeks warning that across-the-board budgets cuts that go into effect in January, could force them to issue notifications to employees in the fall to warn of impending layoffs. However, in a new memo issued Monday, the Labor Department said the lack of clarity about how the cuts would be applied means it would be "inappropriate" to issue Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notifications.

Tags: Labor , Jane Oates , budget , sequestration , industry , defense industry , House Armed Services Committee , Jack Moore

Monday - 07/30/2012, 09:11pm EDT

House chairman: Leaks not likely from Pentagon

The House Armed Services Committee chairman, speaking after a secret briefing from top defense officials on Thursday, said he did not believe the Pentagon was responsible for recent national security leaks.

Tags: DoD , House , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , John McCain , Eric Holder , leaks , national security , Leon Panetta

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 02:43pm EDT

DoD rescinds report length guideline

The Defense Department removed the 10-page limit after Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) called the department's latest report on China "skimpy."

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Congress , House , House Armed Services Committe

Friday - 07/13/2012, 09:02am EDT

McKeon says DoD report was skimpy and late

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said a Defense Department report on China was skimpy and late.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , China , Congress , House , House Armed Services Committee , Federal Drive

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 10:17am EDT

OMB: Contingency operations subject to sequestration

The Office of Management and Budget has reiterated to lawmakers that the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration will apply to wartime funding. In a June 15 letter, to Rep. Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeff Zients wrote that the Budget Control Act allowed no "flexibility" to exempt Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), from sequestration.

Tags: Congress , House , OCO , contingency operations , Ileana Ros-Lehtinen , Mike Rogers , sequestration , budget , Jeff Zients , OMB , Jack Moore

Friday - 06/22/2012, 06:21pm EDT

Panetta to Congress: Don't mess with my budget

Hours after a key House committee voted to give the Pentagon more money than it asked for in next year's budget, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said thanks, but no thanks. Panetta warned passing a $3 billion increase would set a showdown with the Senate and force sequestration to happen.

Tags: Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Leon Panetta , sequestration , DoD budget , Martin Dempsey , Lloyd Austin , Joseph Dunford , budget , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/11/2012, 05:20am EDT
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House panel declines to approve hike in DoD's health insurance fees

House military personnel subcommittee asserts retirees have already paid for their health care via their military service, omits DoD proposal to hike TRICARE fees.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Military Officers Association of America , TRICARE , pay and benefits , Kathy Beasley , Budget Control Act , Jared Serbu

Friday - 04/27/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Budget glass is more than half full for Navy, Marine Corps

Navy and Marine Corps officials are upbeat about how they'll fare under the current round of budget cuts. Navy Department officials said the strategy DoD developed following the passage of the Budget Control Act aligns perfectly with the capabilities of the maritime services.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Marine Corps , budget , Budget Control Act , sequestration , Robert Work , Ray Mabus

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 05:09am EDT
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