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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Congress is in its first round of writing an annual Defense authorization bill. Lawmakers are determined to protect certain weapons systems even though the Pentagon says it can't afford them. While parochialism is hardly new on Capitol Hill, DoD thinks it spells big trouble while there's no new money coming its way. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss this topic and others from his biweekly feature, Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook .

Tags: Jared Serbu , DoD , budget , Federal Drive

Monday - 05/19/2014, 09:39am EDT
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House passes sweeping $638 billion defense bill

The House bill containing the provisions on sex-related crimes that the Obama administration supports as well as the detention policies that it vigorously opposes must be reconciled with a Senate version before heading to the president's desk.

Tags: House , Congress , DoD ,

Saturday - 06/15/2013, 09:30pm EDT

Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 9, 2013

Theresa Kern, a member of Women Construction Owners and Executives, discusses a new provision in the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill that helps women-owned, small construction companies. Grant McLaughlin of Booz Allen Hamilton talks about a new social media guide for feds. Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper previews the upcoming confirmation season. Matthew Zisman of Bloomberg Government talks about new contracts for NASA.

Tags: Theresa Kern , MA Steel Erectors , DoD , women construction owners and executives , Grant McLaughlin , Alex Bolton , Cabinet Tracker , President Barack Obama , The Hill , Matthew Zisman , Bloomberg Government , NASA , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 09:51am EST

Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 5, 2012

Witold Skwierczynski of the AFGE National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals talks about today's SSA demonstration. Travis Howerton discusses the National Nuclear Security Administration's plans to launch its own social network. Jeremy Herb of The Hill details the Defense Bill just passed by the Senate.

Tags: Federal Drive , Witold Skwierczynski , Jeremy Herb , The Hill , DoD , budget , workforce , Travis Howerton , NNSA , AFGE , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 07:13am EST

Congress running out of time to pass priority bills

Lawmakers have about 23 real work days left before the end of the fiscal year to pass USPS reform, comprehensive cyber, DoD authorization and all the 2013 spending bills. Experts hold out little hope even after the passage of the FDA bill and the expected approval of the highway legislation.

Tags: Congress , cybersecurity , USPS , postal reform bill , DoD , appropriations bill , Tevi Troy , Hudson Institute , Trey Hodgkins , TechAmerica , James Lewis , CSIS , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 05:08am EDT
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Congressman pitches cybersecurity amendments to defense bill

As cybersecurity-specific bills stall in Congress, Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I) has suggested amending the defense bill to get the biggest cyber initiatives passed.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , Congress , Jim Langevin , cybersecurity bills , NDAA , DoD

Thursday - 05/17/2012, 03:22pm EDT

DoD must change the way it buys technology

House committee authorizes 10 pilots to try alternative approaches. Defense Science Board recommends ways to improve IT procurement across the military.

Tags: contracting , technology , Tim Harp , Rob Andrews , DoD , House Armed Services Committee , Ron Kerber , IT acquisition , Acquisition reform ,

Friday - 07/10/2009, 07:00am EDT
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PSC calls contracting provisions into question

The Professional Services Council details likes and dislikes of procurement language in the 2012 DoD Authorization bill.

Tags: contracting , industry , DoD , Stan Soloway , Roger Jordan , Professional Services Council , service contracting , political contributions , Peter Buxbaum

Thursday - 07/14/2011, 07:09am EDT

House passes 1.6 percent pay raise for military

The House passed a 1.6 percent pay raise for military personnel.

Tags: pay and benefits , DoD , House , raise , budget ,

Friday - 07/08/2011, 02:34pm EDT