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White House punts on military retirement reforms, House presses for changes

The Obama administration said Thursday that it not yet ready to express its views on key military compensation issues including health care and retirement, even after two years of study. A key House committee says retirement has been studied enough.

Tags: DoD , pay and benefits , retirement , Mac Thornberry , Adam Smith , Joe Heck , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:20am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Obama Administration and a key House committee reach different conclusions today about reforming the military retirement system. The White House saying the issue needs more study. The House Armed Services Committee votes to adopt most of the recommendations of a blue ribbon panel. More details from Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , House Armed Services Committee , House , Federal Drive , In Depth

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:19pm EDT

Bills you should know about: Whistleblowers, bad apples and trolls

Congress has introduced lots of bills recently affecting federal agencies and employees. We summarize them for you here.

Tags: military , whistleblower , Veterans Affairs , Commerce Department , patent , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 11:19am EDT

FAA chief: Gyrocopter 'indistinguishable' from birds, kite

A small gyrocopter that flew through miles of the nation's most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol was "indistinguishable" on radar from non-aircraft such as a flock of birds, a kite or a balloon, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.

Tags: FAA , gyrocopter , Capitol , national security

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 08:20pm EDT

DHS's Unity of Effort seeds the roots of change

The Homeland Security Department marked the one-year anniversary of its initiative to create a more cohesive agency by launching a new acquisition innovations program.

Tags: management , DHS , Jeh Johnson , Christian Marrone , Unity of Effort , Joint requirements council , acquisition , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Tom Carper , Claire McCaskill , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 03:46am EDT

Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

The House Armed Services Committee might be opening the door to another round of BRAC with next year's National Defense Authorization bill. The Military Readiness subcommittee wants DoD to draw up a 20-year plan that compares its expected force structure to its future infrastructure needs. Roger Zakheim is a counsel at Covington and Burling. He's former general counsel and deputy staff director for the House Armed Services Committee, and former deputy assistant secretary of Defense. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he offered ways the committee might mark up the 2016 defense authorization bill.

Tags: Roger Zakheim , Covington and Burling , DoD , In Depth , BRAC ,

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:14pm EDT

Military services cite advances in credentialing members for civilian jobs

An early series of pilot programs to translate military skills to private-sector credentials has blossomed into hundreds of projects across the military services, officials said Tuesday.

Tags: DoD , Department of Labor , workforce , Thomas Perez , Keith Boring , J.R. Breeding , Reed Hudgins , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 04:16am EDT

Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Three years ago, Congress ordered DoD start exploring the possibility of letting servicemembers earn civilian skill credentials while they're still in uniform. Military officials say they've done much more than study the issue: civilian credentialing programs have seen a dramatic expansion over the last several years, giving servicemembers tens of thousands of new skill certifications that are recognized by private sector employers. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , In Depth

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 04:31pm EDT

White House slams GOP defense budget

The White House is vigorously pushing back against provisions in a proposed $604 billion Republican defense budget plan that contradict President Barack Obama's national security priorities on issues ranging from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to changes in weapons systems.

Tags: White House , Republicans , budget ,

Wednesday - 04/29/2015, 12:00am EDT
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