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OMB, DoD remain mum on sequestration's impact on specific programs

Agencies should not change their spending plans for this year or next, but need to start assessing which programs would be impacted by automatic sequestration cuts if Congress doesn't cancel them, OMB acting Director Jeff Zients told Congress Wednesday.

Tags: Congress , OMB , budget , sequestration , Jeffrey Zients , Ashton Carter , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Budget Control Act , DoD

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 06:09am EDT
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Vets navigate bumpy road in military-to-civilian transition

This edition of On DoD focuses mostly on one bump in the road in the military-to-civilian career transition: the higher education step. When it comes to paying for college, Congress has solved that problem, at least in theory. The relatively generous Post-9/11 GI bill gives recent veterans essentially a full ride scholarship for an undergraduate degree paying their tuition up to the rate of the most expensive public university in a veteran's home state.

Tags: On DoD , DoD , veterans , veteran employment , Gunnar Counselman , Fidelis

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 03:24pm EDT
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Military branches refine cyber roles

Two years after U.S. Cyber Command became operational, the military services that provide its cyber forces are beginning to more tightly define their respective responsibilities in the joint cyber environment. Gen. Keith Alexander issued a memo recently giving each of the services a lead cyber role for specific geographic areas of the world.

Tags: DoD , Congress , cybersecurity , Cyber Command , Keith Alexander , Army , Navy , Air Force , Marine Corps , Rhett Hernandez , Suzanne Vautrinot , Michael Rogers , Mac Thornberry ,

Monday - 07/30/2012, 05:21am EDT
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DoD extends civilian hiring restrictions through 2018

Pentagon hiring freeze for civilian employees will last several more years, although Defense Department leaders say they'll grant exemptions to give the department flexibility.

Tags: DoD , GAO , Congress , workforce , cybersecurity , Randy Forbes , Jay Aronowitz , Frederick Vollrath , Brenda Farrell , freeze , sequestration , budget

Friday - 07/27/2012, 05:53am EDT
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Lawmakers tell VA 'no more hollow promises' to fix the claims backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made strides toward increasing the number of disability claims it can process every year. But new claims from veterans are growing even faster than ever. House legislators are frustrated by the VA's lack of progress over the years.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Congress , technology , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa , Jackie Speier , Allison Hickey , DoD , Veterans Benefits Management System , claims backlog ,

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 05:54am EDT
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Army agile acquisition to yield payoff

Dan Hughes, who was recently promoted to Army brigadier general, is the director of the Army's System of Systems Integration Directorate within the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. His office is one of the key players in the agile acquisition process the Army's trying to build.

Tags: On DoD , Army , Dan Hughes , Network Integration Evaluation

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 03:42pm EDT
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Civilian workforce faces brutal consequences under sequestration

Civilian agency payrolls would be most vulnerable under automatic budget cuts set to kick in on Jan. 2. A new AIA and George Mason University study claims 229,000 non-defense federal jobs would be eliminated.

Tags: Congress , sequestration , Budget Control Act , workforce , pay and benefits , Marion Blakey , Aerospace Industries Association , Stephen Fuller , George Mason University , Jeanne Shaheen , Kelly Ayotte , Gordon Adams ,

Wednesday - 07/18/2012, 05:07am EDT
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TriWest to stop challenge to DoD's TRICARE contract

Phoenix-based TriWest Healthcare Alliance will end its challenge to the Defense Department's award of the TRICARE West Region contract to UnitedHealth. The decision comes weeks after the GAO dismissed TwiWest's protest.

Tags: TriWest , UnitedHealth , Scott Celley , pay and benefits , DoD , TRICARE , Jolie Lee

Friday - 07/13/2012, 07:28pm EDT

Senators concerned over TRICARE fee increases

The Pentagon is telling lawmakers military retirees' share of health care costs is going to have to increase if it's going to meet the budget targets Congress and the President handed over with last year's budget control act.

Tags: DoD , pay and benefits , TRICARE , Robert Hale , Jonathan Woodson , Jim Webb , Kelly Ayotte , Senate , budget

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 08:56am EDT
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Senators quiz defense companies on sequestration

Letter, sent to 15 large vendors, asks for estimated impacts of sequestration on defense contractors.

Tags: DoD , Congress , budget , sequestration , defense industrial base , John McCain , Kelly Ayotte , Joe Lieberman , Saxby Chambliss , John Cornyn , James Inhofe , Lindsey Graham , Lockheed Marting , Aerospace Industries Association ,

Friday - 07/06/2012, 11:55am EDT
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