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OMB: Contingency operations subject to sequestration

The Office of Management and Budget has reiterated to lawmakers that the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration will apply to wartime funding. In a June 15 letter, to Rep. Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeff Zients wrote that the Budget Control Act allowed no "flexibility" to exempt Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), from sequestration.

Tags: Congress , OCO , contingency operations , Buck McKeon , Ileana Ros-Lehtinen , Mike Rogers , sequestration , budget , Jeff Zients , OMB , Jack Moore

Friday - 06/22/2012, 06:21pm EDT

Column: Finding answers to a better trained acquisition workforce

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said the acquisition workforce is most important to improving how the government buys goods and services. He said with 55 percent of the current workforce eligible to retire by 2018, agencies and Congress have to work together to figure out how best to train and equip these employees to be successful.

Tags: James Lankford , Congress , acquisition , acquisition workforce , contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer

Wednesday - 06/13/2012, 05:56am EDT

House Homeland Security bill denies civilian pay raise

The White House has threatened to veto a House bill providing funding for the Homeland Security Department, taking issue with many of the bill's provisions, including a denial of a civilian pay raise. The committee bill also doesn't include any new funding for the agency's data-center consolidation efforts or construction for its new headquarters.

Tags: Congress , budget , House Appropriations Committee , DHS , pay and benefits , pay freeze , cybersecurity , Einstein , St. Elizabeth

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 08:40pm EDT

DHS creates task force to develop cyber workforce

The Homeland Security Department has created a task force to develop future workers. It will consider expanding DHS' involvement in cyber competitions and university programs, enhancing public-private partnerships and working with other agencies.

Tags: cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Federal Drive , Janet Napolitano , Congress , DHS , Homeland Security Advisory Council

Thursday - 06/07/2012, 09:46am EDT

Zen 101: Is nothing better than something, or anything?

How much do you know about Zen? For example when, if ever, is nothing better than something, or anything? Is it desirable to be the bullseye if your opposition is the gang that couldn't shoot straight, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wonders.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , pay and benefits , workforce , Congress , pay , pay freeze , VA

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 02:00am EDT

House passes VA, DoD civilian pay freeze

The House passed a veterans funding bill Thursday that includes extends the pay freeze another year for civilian employees of the the Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Tags: pay and benefits , pay freeze , Barack Obama , Congress , VA , DoD , Beth Moten

Friday - 06/01/2012, 02:36pm EDT

House passes veterans funding bill

Tags: VA , veterans , Congress , health care

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 10:25pm EDT

House votes to outspend White House on spy bill

The House voted to give the intelligence community a few billion dollars more Thursday than the White House wanted for next year's budget _ a price tag that covers the range of intelligence needs from the CIA to the high-tech satellites that spied on Osama bin Laden's compound.

The White House registered its objection before the vote, but did not threaten to veto the bill, which the House passed 386-28.

Tags: intelligence , Congress , budget , NSA

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 06:11pm EDT
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