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Pentagon would avoid direct layoffs of civilians under sequestration

Robert Hale, the military's CFO, said reductions in force would cost more money than the Defense Department would save. But hiring a freeze and involuntary unpaid furloughs would be likely for civilians.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , Robert Hale , workforce , civilian workforce , Joseph Dunford , Lindsey Graham , Robert Andrews , House Armed Services Committee , budget

Friday - 09/21/2012, 07:25am EDT
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Panetta calls on lame duck Congress to resolve sequestration

Pentagon makes one more plea for a resolution to sequestration. A regular budget, an annual authorization bill and a resolution to the fight over cybersecurity laws would be helpful as well.

Tags: DoD , cybersecurity , Congress , sequestration , budget , critical infrastructure , Leon Panetta , Eric Rosenbach ,

Friday - 10/26/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Navy finds billions of dollars in under-the-radar IT expenses

As the Navy scours its IT systems to determine exactly what it owns, it's discovered it operates double the data centers and tens of thousands of servers and applications more than it previously thought. The findings come more than a decade after the Navy implemented its Navy-Marine Corps Intranet, which was supposed to reduce the number of disparate systems run by the agency and eliminate stovepipes. All told, Navy's IT budget could be as much as $4 billion more than it initially thought.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Janice Haith , technology , enterprise licenses agreements , contracting , industry , data center consolidation , application rationalization , Virtualization , IT efficiencies , budget , sequestration , continuing resolution , NMCI , NGEN ,

Monday - 02/18/2013, 06:04am EST
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Next few weeks critical to defining DoD in second Obama term

"Fog bank" of threatened automatic spending cuts makes predicting Defense policy under a re-elected President Obama difficult. But experts agree DoD is likely to take more cuts, with or without sequestration.

Tags: Election 2012 , Barack Obama , DoD , Leon Panetta , George Little , sequestration , Todd Harrison , Tom Donnelly , Russell Rumbaugh , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , American Enterprise Institute , Stimson Center ,

Friday - 11/09/2012, 05:50am EST
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Defense experts debate sequestration's impact

There's a little more than a month to go until sequestration kicks in, taking more than a $1 trillion from agency budgets over 10 years unless Congress finds a way to agree on a Plan B for deficit reduction. In this week's edition of On DoD, Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, talks with several defense experts about sequestration and the Defense budget in a second term under President Obama:

Tags: DoD , sequestration , On DoD , Todd Harrison , Tom Donnelly , Russell Rumbaugh

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 08:19pm EST
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Players in budget war game plot $500B in Defense cuts

This past summer, defense experts gathered into teams to map out how to cut DoD's budget by a half trillion dollars over 10 years. The results from the game provide some guidance on ways to make the cut happen in real life based on strategic choices, the organizers say.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , budget , DoD budget , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , DoD civlian workforce , Todd Harrison , Mark Gunzinger , F-35 ,

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 12:17pm EST
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Sequestration worse than thought, Pentagon frets

As planning begins for sequestration, the military may have to cut billions more than previously imagined. DoD, like all agencies, is waiting for instruction from the OMB on how to reduce their budget.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , budget , Congress ,

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 05:42am EST

Beneficiaries claim VA's processing of GI Bill benefits still lackluster

The Department of Veterans Affairs' work to automate payments under the complicated Post-9/11 GI bill is coming to fruition. But schools and students complain about inability to track status of claims.

Tags: Congress , VA , Post-9/11 GI Bill , Hayleigh Perez , Michael Dakduk , Kim Hall , Roger Baker , Robert Worley , House Veterans Affairs Committee , IRS , technology ,

Friday - 02/15/2013, 05:41am EST

Cyber information sharing bill gets new life in House

Despite a veto threat a year ago, House proponents of a cyber information sharing bill say productive talks now are underway with the Obama administration. Reps. Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger re-introduced the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) trying to address privacy and civil liberties concerns.

Tags: Congress , cybersecurity , Dutch Ruppersberger , Mike Rogers , House Intelligence Committee , CISPA , White House , information sharing , CSIS , The Constitution Project , Privacy and civil liberties , Sharon Bradford Franklin ,

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 09:45am EST
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Congress revises DoD's sequestration starting point

When lawmakers and the White House kicked sequestration two months down the road, they also made changes to how the cuts would be calculated. The Pentagon estimates the impact on the Defense budget would be gentler than before.

Tags: budget , DoD , George Little , Robert Hale , sequestration , Brookings Institution ,

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 05:19am EST
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