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McCain opens door to revenue increases to avoid sequestration

The top Republican on the Armed Services committee signaled Thursday that there's room for compromise toward a deal to avoid automatic budget cuts at the end of this year. But not everyone's sure the negative effects of sequestration can be avoided, or even that Congress would reach a deal.

Tags: Senate Armed Services Committee , Carl Levin , Congress , budget , management , DoD , sequestration , Jared Serbu

Friday - 06/22/2012, 05:13am EDT
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Senators sound defense budget alarm in North Vegas

A trio of Republican senators sounded the alarm over billions of dollars' worth of "catastrophic" and "draconian" military budget cuts set to take effect in January, telling an audience Monday that more time was needed for negotiations.

Tags: Lindsey Graham , Kelly Ayotte , Senate , sequestration , defense budget , Harry Reid , budget , DoD

Monday - 08/13/2012, 09:02pm EDT

Senators ask DoD to consider debarment for P&WC

Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to the Defense Secretary Panetta and Secretary of State Clinton asking them to consider further actions against contractor Pratt & Whitney Canada. P&WC pleaded guilty in June to illegally exporting military software to China.

Tags: Pratt & Whitney , United Technologies , Carl Levin , Leon Panetta , Hillary Rodham Clinton , DoD , State Department , Congress , China , Michael OConnell

Monday - 08/13/2012, 10:39am EDT

Senate fails to approve cybersecurity legislation

The Senate failed Thursday to pass legislation to protect the U.S. electrical grid, water supplies and other critical industries from cyberattack and electronic espionage, despite dire warnings from top national security officials about the potential for devastating assaults on American computer networks.

Tags: cybersecurity , President Barack Obama , Senate , Congress , technology , Harry Reid , Cybersecurity Update

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 03:23pm EDT

Bill demanding details on sequestration heads to President's desk

Legislation forcing the White House to explain how the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration will affect individual agencies is now waiting for President Barack Obama's signature. The Senate unanimously approved the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 Wednesday, which requires the administration to detail within 30 days how the $1.2 trillion over 10 years in automatic cuts will be applied. The House passed its version of the bill last week in a 414-2 vote.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , OMB , sequestration , Paul Ryan , Patty Murray , Sequestration Transparency Act , Jack Moore

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 03:36pm EDT

House chairman: Leaks not likely from Pentagon

The House Armed Services Committee chairman, speaking after a secret briefing from top defense officials on Thursday, said he did not believe the Pentagon was responsible for recent national security leaks.

Tags: DoD , Buck McKeon , House , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Eric Holder , leaks , national security , Leon Panetta

Thursday - 07/19/2012, 02:43pm EDT

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 , Kelly Ayotte , Joe Lieberman , Saxby Chambliss , John Cornyn , James Inhofe , Lindsey Graham , Lockheed Marting , Aerospace Industries Association , Jared Serbu

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

Cyber bill tracker

The pressing need for cybersecurity legislation has led to widely divergent paths in the House and Senate. The House has opted for a more incremental approach, while the Senate has crafted comprehensive legislation

Tags: cybersecurity , Harry Reid , Darrell Issa , Mike Rogers , Dan Lungren , NSA , DHS , House Homeland Security Intelligence Committee , Joseph Lieberman , Dianne Feinstein , Jay Rockefeller , Susan Collins , Michael McCaul , NSF , Elijah Cummings , Congress , House , Senate

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 02:47pm EDT

New polygraph question to deter intel leaks

New security measures, including a new polygraph question, will help avoid leaks from intelligence employees, announced James Clapper, director of National Intelligence. Lawyer John Mahoney analyzes the legal responsibilities between agencies and federal employees.

Tags: intelligence , James Clapper , Esther Carey , polygraph , security clearance , national security , Federal Drive , leaks , management , oversight ,

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 03:21pm EDT
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