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Martin Matishak, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

The House Armed Services Committee releases a blueprint of the National Defense Authorization Act. The $601 billion measure hardly resembles the Pentagon's wish list. It rejects most of the department's ideas for saving money. Staff writer Martin Matishak has been following this closely for the Hill Newspaper. He provided insight for Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Tags: Martin Matishak , The Hill , House Armed Services Committee , DoD , federal drive , Government Performance Summit

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 11:09am EDT
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Pentagon spending plan unveiled

Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has released a $601 billion spending plan that saves the Cold War era U-2 spy plane from the chopping block and also would force the Pentagon to keep the A-10 Warthog in storage. It's all a part of a plan resulting in smaller military budgets after 13 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ironically, though, the plan also denies the Pentagon's request for another round of military base closures to get rid of unnecessary facilities and save $1.4 billion.

Tags: military spending , U-2 spy plane , DoD , A-10 , Iraq and Afghanistan wars , Buck McKeon , House Armed Services Committee , budget

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 08:56am EDT

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Congress is one week into its longest work session of the year. Members will be on the Hill for the next eight weeks. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with Francis Rose the partisan divide may melt away in five key areas.

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Monday - 05/05/2014, 06:43pm EDT
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American Legion calls for VA Secretary, two others to resign

The organization says a series of whistleblowers and investigative reports show a "pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership" among VA senior leaders. This is the first time in more than 30 years the American Legion has called for the removal of a public official.

Tags: management , American Legion , Daniel Delinger , VA , Eric Shinseki , Robert Petzel , Allison Hickey , oversight , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Jackie Walorski , jason miller

Monday - 05/05/2014, 04:51pm EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: NDAA takes shape, DoD's budget plans under sequestration

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Inside the DoD Reporter , DoD , budget , sequestration , Adam Smith , Frank Kendall , Better Buying Power , Joint Information Environment

Friday - 05/02/2014, 06:46pm EDT

Bill proposes revised DoD cloud security requirements

Congress wants the Department of Defense to change its cloud security requirements in order to make them more vendor-friendly. Congressmen Derek Kilmer (D-Wa.) and Niki Tsongas (D-Ma.) are proposing the Defense Cloud Security Act to clarify its requirements and offer more opportunities for vendors to meet those standards.

Tags: cloud security , Niki Tsongas , Derek Kilmer , GDIT Solutions Center , Nextgov , Amazon Web Services , Defense Cloud Security Act , DoD

Friday - 05/02/2014, 05:03pm EDT

House lawmakers vote to block their pay hike

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Thursday - 05/01/2014, 04:10pm EDT

House votes down attempt to restart tech think tank

When the House votes Thursday to approve fiscal 2015 budgets for a slew of legislative-branch agencies, lawmakers will get a chance to resurrect the small technology agency that once provided Congress with expert technological and scientific advice. A floor amendment from Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) would siphon off about $2.5 million from the House historic buildings fund to provide start-up funding for a reboot of the Office of Technology Assessment

Tags: Rush Holt , OTA , technology , House , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 05:48pm EDT

Matt Hummer, Senior Transportation Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Congress is trying to be a good citizen this month. By passing the easy bills first, it hopes to get some real work done before arguing about the contentious stuff. That means it's tackling things like the construction budgets for Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department. Matt Hummer, senior transportation analyst with Bloomberg Government, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp what's in some of the bills Congress has already passed.

Tags: Matt Hummer , Bloomberg Government , federal drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 10:34am EDT
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