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Congress must force DoD, VA to work together as part of military compensation overhaul

In their first round of congressional testimony, members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission cited glaring gaps between the policies and services provided by DoD and VA. Their report found that existing systems to bridge the gap are mostly a paperwork exercise.

Tags: Management , DoD , Veterans Affairs , VA , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission , Stephen Buyer , Peter Chiarelli , Bob Kerrey , Senate Armed Services Committee , SASC , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 04:14am EST
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IRS workers hope to sway Congress to reverse budget cuts

IRS employees join other members of the National Treasury Employees Union for a week of lobbying Congress to support a funding increase. But will lawmakers listen?

Tags: IRS , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , Terry Scott , Jenny Brown , budget , Emily Kopp , union

Tuesday - 02/03/2015, 02:49pm EST

David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The White House budget request for 2016 is out, and it includes a 1.3 percent pay raise for federal employees. But Congressional Republicans are warning it will be dead on arrival. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his view of the budget from Capitol Hill.

Tags: In Depth , David Hawkings , 2016 budget ,

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:21pm EST
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Cost doesn't factor heavily in military compensation panel recommendations

The nine-member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission submitted 15 recommendations to bring effectiveness and efficiency, and that would protect, maintain and improve benefits for the service members.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , DoD , Alphonso Maldon , Bob Daigle , Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission , TRICARE , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/30/2015, 04:02am EST
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Uncle Sam, again, mounts hamster wheel

he good news (for some) is that the much-leaked budget will be presented in full today to Congress and the media. The other sure thing is that it is DOA, as in Dead On Arrival, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tags: Mike Causey , Mike Causeys Federal Report , budget , Management

Monday - 02/02/2015, 03:00am EST

DoD's proposals aim to simplify 'mindboggling' acquisition rules

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that a bunch of incremental changes could help DoD find success with its acquisitions more often. The seven legislative proposals address redundant documents and processes that the military needs help from Congress to get rid of and give program managers more time.

Tags: acquisition , Management , DoD , Mac Thornberry , House Armed Services Committee , Frank Kendall , Better Buying Power , Aerospace innovation initiative , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:10am EST
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Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job.

Tags: Justice Department , Attorney General , Loretta Lynch , Orrin Hatch , Jeff Flake , Lindsey Graham , Eric Holder , Senate ,

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 08:26pm EST

McCain pushes greater role for military service chiefs to fix acquisition

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee has more work to do before it draws up a broad acquisition reform package. But one element will be a more full-throated role for the uniformed military.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , acquisition reform , Sequestration , Readiness , John McCain , Ray Odierno , Jonathan Greenert , Joseph Dunford , Senate Armed Services Committee , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 04:36am EST
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Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes

Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president's unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

Tags: Loretta Lynch , Barack Obama , immigration , Attorney General , Justice Department , Eric Holder , John Cornyn , Chuck Grassley , Jeff Sessions , Ted Cruz , Senate

Thursday - 01/29/2015, 03:24am EST
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