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Another budget quandary for DoD: What if war funding dries up?

Military officials say overseas contingency operations dollars are vital to ongoing operations around the world, even after the wars end. All the services tell the House Armed Services Committee that OCO funding is helping with readiness and maintenance challenges.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , budget , House Armed Services , Overseas Contingency Operations , Burton Field , James Huggins , Joseph Mulloy , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/28/2014, 03:44am EDT
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Cuts to military pay and benefits can't wait, Pentagon tells Congress

Defense officials say they are eagerly awaiting next year's report from a congressionally-chartered commission that's currently examining military compensation. But officials say intense pressure on the top-line defense budget demands significant changes to personnel spending.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , military pay , pay and benefits , Lindsey Graham , Kirsten Gillibrand

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:30am EDT
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Cuts to military pay and benefits can't wait, Pentagon tells Congress

Defense officials say they are eagerly awaiting next year's report from a Congressionally-chartered commission that's currently examining military compensation. But officials say intense pressure on the top-line defense budget demands significant changes to personnel spending.

Tags: military pay , Jared Serbu , DoD , pentagon , budget ,

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 04:34am EDT

House Dems push for larger pay raise for feds

House Democrats are pushing for federal employees to get a pay raise next year that's more than three times larger than President Barack Obama proposed. A bill introduced Wednesday by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) would provide federal employees with a 3.3 percent across-the-board pay raise in 2015.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay , pay raise , AFGE , NTEU , Jim Moran , Gerry Connolly , House , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 10:47am EDT

Army foresees another drop in military readiness if sequestration returns

The Army says it is now replacing funds in its readiness accounts that were depleted when cuts under sequestration first kicked in a year ago. But last year's readiness problems are likely to repeat in 2016 and beyond if Congress allows the automatic Defense cuts in current law to persist.

Tags: DoD , Budget Control Act , Bipartisan budget agreement , sequestration , House Armed Services Committee , John McHugh , Odierno , William Enyart , workforce , training , readiness , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 04:09am EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

Congress is back in session starting this afternoon and its schedule this week makes it look like the budget is on their minds. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call and host of the Hawkings Here blog, talks to In Depth with Francis Rose about the upcoming budget battles.

Tags: david hawkings , In Depth , Roll Call ,

Monday - 03/24/2014, 06:27pm EDT
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Air Force says readiness problems will last through 2023

Air Force officials say their service already was facing readiness issues because of the high operational tempo of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But sequestration worsened the problems, and continuing the budget caps will set back a readiness recovery.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , readiness , sequestration , Mark Welsh , Deborah Lee James , House Armed Services Committee

Monday - 03/17/2014, 06:50am EDT
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What can USPS learn from TRICARE in funding retiree health care costs?

As lawmakers consider efforts to shore up the Postal Service's financial footing, there's still widespread disagreement over whether the current requirement for the agency prefunding requirement is fiscally responsible, as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) argued during a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Thursday, or an "onerous mandate" only required of the Postal Service, as Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) contended.

Tags: pay and benefits , USPS , House , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Blake Farenthold , Stephen Lynch , Jeffrey Williamson , TRICARE

Friday - 03/14/2014, 02:48pm EDT

Cyber Command headed toward unified command status

Gen. Keith Alexander, who will soon retire as the first commander of U.S. Cyber Command, said his organization has matured to the point that it should join the club of unified commands that report directly to the President.

Tags: DoD , technology , cybersecurity , NSA , U.S. Cyber Command , Keith Alexander , workforce , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/14/2014, 04:00am EDT
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Senate bill would combine, eliminate 300-plus federal reports

Legislation newly introduced in the Senate proposes to scrap hundreds of unneeded, outdated or repetitive reports. The House, meanwhile, is marking up its own version of the bill.

Tags: Mark Warner , Kelly Ayotte , Darrell Issa , Gerry Connolly , GRPA Modernization Act , House , Senate , management , OMB , Government Reports Elimination Act

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 03:47pm EDT
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