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Retiree groups wary of TRICARE proposal

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said last week that he wants to increase health insurance premiums for working-age military retirees by a "modest" amount to take pressure off of DoD's ballooning health care budget. Groups that represent retirees say Gates' past proposals for TRICARE hikes have been anything but modest.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , Robert Gates , budget , TRICARE , Military Officers Association of America , The Retired Enlisted Association , CSIS , Cathy Beasley , Deirdre Holleman , Maren Leed , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 01/12/2011, 01:51pm EST
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New governmentwide financial systems on tap

OMB controller Danny Werfel said the Treasury Department should be finished testing and analyzing systems in the next six months. The CFO Council highlights priorities for 2011, and among them is the further reduction of improper payments. Werfel said agencies will begin using the software tool first utilized by the Recovery Board to identify potential problems.

Tags: management , Danny Werfel , OMB , GAO , Treasury , CMS , improper payments , financial management , audit opinion , CFO Council , Recovery Act , forensic auditing , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/12/2011, 06:47am EST
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Pentagon shouldn't go penny-wise, pound-foolish

For many years, the Pentagon budget has been off-limits, but some Congressional decision-makers are saying things like "everything should be on the table."

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Seth Cropsey , Hudson Institute , Pentagon Solutions , Robert Gates , defense acquisition

Tuesday - 01/11/2011, 07:35pm EST
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DoD mandates use of online tools for cost estimates

Beginning in February, all Defense Department components will be required to use new online tools to generate cost estimates for "any new proposal or initiative, large or small." Secretary Robert Gates in a memo urged DoD employees to start using the online tools now.

Tags: management , Congress , Robert Gates , Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation , defense spending , Jared Serbu

Monday - 01/10/2011, 07:29pm EST

New consumer agency will have DoD component

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency will include an office dedicated to helping members of the armed forces. It will be led by Holly Petraeus, wife of the commander of forces in Afghanistan.

Tags: management , Congress , CFPA , Elizabeth Warren , Holly Petraeus , Jared Serbu

Monday - 01/10/2011, 05:40pm EST

Bill would make deficit commission proposals law

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) introduces legislation to cut the federal workforce by 10 percent and freeze federal pay for an additional year. The bill includes a host of suggestions to cut spending from both the commission and from the Obama and Bush administrations. Brady said collecting unpaid taxes from federal employees could result in $3 billion.

Tags: management , Kevin Brady , Justice , IRS , White House , federal spending , budget deficit , National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and R , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/10/2011, 02:57pm EST

Operating costs will eat into DoD efficiency savings

While each of the military services will have access to money freed up by Defense Secretary Robert's Gates efficiency initiative, they will not be able to use it all on new capabilities as he originally intended.

Tags: Robert Gates , budget , Congress , pay and benefits , Mike Mullen , Jared Serbu

Monday - 01/10/2011, 11:07am EST
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Troops kill sleeping man

Another potential flare-up has surfaced in Middle East. Palestinian and Israeli officials say Israeli troops mistakenly shot and killed a 65-year-old Palestinian man in his bed during a pre-dawn raid Friday in order to arrest a Hamas militant. Palestinian security and rescue officials in the West Bank city of Hebron said Israeli troops shot and killed the man who lived in the same building but on a different floor as the Hamas militant targeted in the early morning raid.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Sunday - 01/09/2011, 02:18pm EST

New Army chief coming

General George Casey will complete his tour as Army Chief of Staff later this spring. Gen. Martin Dempsey is expected to replace him. If President Barack Obama accepts and nominates Dempsey, he would have to be confirmed by the Senate. Dempsey is now commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command and previously was acting commander of Central Command. He also led the multi-national training effort in Iraq and commanded the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , pentagon , J.J. Green , Defense

Sunday - 01/09/2011, 02:16pm EST

Obama signs Defense authorization bill

Despite what he called 'strong objections' to limitations in the bill on the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees, President Obama on Friday signed the 2011 defense authorization bill

Tags: Congress , Barack Obama , Defense Authorization Bill , Guantanamo Bay , Jared Serbu

Friday - 01/07/2011, 07:39pm EST
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