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Senate's defense bill cuts civilian workforce, caps contractor salaries

The Senate approved a $631 billion annual defense policy Tuesday that would require the Defense Department to reduce its civilian workforce by 5 percent over the next five years and impose a strict cap on government-funded contractor salaries. With the White House threatening to veto the Senate version its current form, the bill now heads to a House-Senate conference committee where differences between the two chambers' bill will be hammered out.

Tags: DoD , 2013 NDAA , Senate , Congress , civilian workforce , contractor pay cap , Joe Manchin , John McCain , Ben Cardin , Claire McCaskill

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 05:37pm EST

Senate moves forward with plan to reduce DoD civilian workforce

The Senate moved forward with a plan to require the Defense Department to reduce its civilian workforce by 5 percent over the next five years, after a measure striking that provision was defeated in a vote Friday. Earlier this week, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced an amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which would lift a mandated 5 percent reduction to DoD's civilian and contractor workforces over five years. But in a 53-41 vote, Cardin's amendment was defeated.

Tags: Senate , DoD , workforce , 2013 NDAA , Ben Cardin , John McCain , civilian workforce , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/30/2012, 02:50pm EST

Committee leadership changes likely after election

The election Tuesday could bring with it a number of changes to the makeup and leadership of key congressional committees with oversight of the federal workforce and management. The changes to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and others are expected from retirements, committee term limits and a few close races.

Tags: 2012 election , Congress , House , Senate , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Joe Lieberman , Claire McCaskill , Tom Carper , Scott Brown , John McCain , Appropriations Committee , Paul Ryan

Monday - 11/05/2012, 06:14pm EST
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Senate unanimously passes Hatch Act update

On Friday, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill updating the Hatch Act, the law that restricts the political activities of federal employees.

Tags: Hatch Act , Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 , Senate , Congress , Daniel Akaka , Joe Lieberman , workforce , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/03/2012, 07:55am EST

Unions, watchdog groups renew call for capping 'exorbitant' contractor salaries

A collection of federal unions and watchdogs groups wrote to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee urging support for a law capping taxpayer-funded contracting compensation costs at $230, 700 the maximum salary earned by the highest-paid federal employees.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , contractor pay cap , TechAmerica , Trey Hodgkins , AFGE , NTEU , POGO , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/18/2012, 06:05pm EDT

Sailors await resolution in prostitution scandal

U.S. Southern Command says the investigation surrounding the two sailors is still going on, but a lawyer for one of the sailors says it shouldn't take this long to reach a decision. Charges were read against all the other military members allegedly involved two months ago.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Secret Service , Senate Armed Services Committee

Monday - 10/01/2012, 06:08pm EDT

McCain opens door to revenue increases to avoid sequestration

The top Republican on the Armed Services committee signaled Thursday that there's room for compromise toward a deal to avoid automatic budget cuts at the end of this year. But not everyone's sure the negative effects of sequestration can be avoided, or even that Congress would reach a deal.

Tags: Senate Armed Services Committee , John McCain , Congress , budget , management , DoD , sequestration , Jared Serbu

Friday - 06/22/2012, 05:13am EDT
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Senators ask DoD to consider debarment for P&WC

Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to the Defense Secretary Panetta and Secretary of State Clinton asking them to consider further actions against contractor Pratt & Whitney Canada. P&WC pleaded guilty in June to illegally exporting military software to China.

Tags: Pratt & Whitney , United Technologies , John McCain , Leon Panetta , Hillary Rodham Clinton , DoD , State Department , Congress , China , Michael OConnell

Monday - 08/13/2012, 10:39am EDT

Senators cancel reductions to Air National Guard, cut DoD civilians

Senate panel rejects Air Force's proposed decreases to National Guard aircraft and personnel, orders cutbacks in DoD civilian and contractor personnel and imposes contractor salary caps.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , Congress , Senate , Senate Armed Service Committee , National Defense Authorization Act , Air Force , Air National Guard , National Guard , John McCain , Pat Leahy , Harry Wyatt , TRICARE , pay and benefits , workforce , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/25/2012, 05:17am EDT
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