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House Armed Services chair says he will reverse DoD cuts

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that his committee's 2013 DoD authorization bill will undo Defense spending cuts the Pentagon has already proposed.

Tags: House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , sequestration , Budget Control Act , TRICARE , DoD budget , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 03:00pm EDT

Federal voting program's objective: Make itself obsolete

Even in the 21st century, it can still be awfully tough to vote in an election if you're thousands of miles from your local polling place. Making sure such voters can cast ballots in federal elections is the mission of the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), a Defense Department office that offers assistance not just to military personnel, but to any U.S. citizen who needs help casting a ballot from overseas.

Tags: On DoD , Jared Serbu , e-voting , Robert Carey , Technology , Federal Voting Assistance Program

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 02:39pm EDT
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U.S.S. Enterprise leaves for final deployment

Rear Adm. Ted Carter, commander of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu from the Atlantic Ocean as the carrier heads off for one last set of missions in Europe and the Middle East.

Tags: Ted Carter , Navy , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 01:37pm EDT
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Report raises concerns for homeless female vets

Federal investigators expressed concerns Monday for the safety of some female veterans who rely on homeless shelters after inspections showed women housed in shelters approved only for men.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , inspector general , Senate , Congress

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 08:07am EDT

McCain will block most DoD reprogramming requests

Unless it's an emergency, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told Defense Secretary Leon Panetta he would block requests by the Defense Department for reprogramming requests to move money between budget accounts.

Tags: John McCain , DoD Update , defense budget , Senate Armed Service Committee

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 07:40am EDT

Analysis: 2013 DoD budget 'far short of what is adequate'

Dr. James Carafano, director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, discussed his perspective on the 2013 defense budget request.

Tags: defense budget , James Carafano , Heritage Foundation , In Depth , Francis Rose

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 07:20pm EDT
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Naval Research using training, telework to maintain morale

The Office of Naval Research is going beyond routine training to invest in its workforce. In addition to classroom time, employees can go to speaking engagements and complete rotational assignments, including virtual assignments.

Tags: Will Brown , Office of Naval Research , Federal Drive , HCMD , Workforce , management , training ,

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 12:29pm EDT
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Air Force to expand drug testing for prescription drug abuse

The Defense Department Health Behaviors Survey found self-reported misuse of pain medication for non-medical purposes by servicemembers increased from 2 percent in 2002 to 7 percent in 2005 to 17 percent in 2008, according to an Air Force release.

Tags: Mark Oordt , Air Force , substance abuse , prescription drugs , drug testing , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 08:27am EDT
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Panetta: Death penalty possible in Afghan shooting

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the death penalty is a consideration as the military moves to investigate and possibly put on trial a U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down 16 Afghans.

Tags: Leon Panetta , Afganistan , Army

Monday - 03/12/2012, 08:32pm EDT

What contractors need to know about new DFAR rules on business systems

New changes to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement rules for contractor business systems are now in effect. Under the new rules, the government will withhold five percent of a contractor's payment if any of the company's business systems are found to be "deficient" by the Defense Contract Audit Agency. Brian Waagner, a partner at Husch Backwell, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the changes and how they affect contractors.

Tags: DCAA , Contractor business systems , In Depth , Francis Rose , Brian Waagner , Husch Blackwell

Monday - 03/12/2012, 06:48pm EDT
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