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Lawmakers open to changes in military benefits

The government's promise of lifetime health care for the military's men and women is suddenly a little less sacrosanct as Congress looks to slash trillion-dollar-plus deficits.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , supercommittee , TRICARE , Tom Coburn , Mark Warner , Carl Levin , pay and benefits , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon

Saturday - 10/22/2011, 09:32am EDT

Sens. McCain, McCaskill ask DoD to review ANC contracts

Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) have asked the Defense Department to review its ANC contracts and to provide detailed reports on all contracts more than $20 million that went to small businesses in the last five years.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Claire McCaskill , Alaska Native Corporations , contracting , acquisition , Congress , Senate , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 08:29am EDT

Concern voiced about virtual fence

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies about her most recent factfinding visit with Mexican officials, and also about the status of a Bush Administration-ordered "virtual fence", which many in government now consider an expensive failure.

Tags: management , contracting , DHS , Janet Napolitano , drug cartels , Mexico , SBINet , virtual fence

Monday - 03/01/2010, 06:36am EST
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Lawmakers calling for more procurement oversight at White House Summit

Sen. Carl Levin will introduce a bill requiring defense contracts to be reexamined if its cost increase more than 25 percent over its initial estimate.

Tags: contracting , Carl Levin , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Janet Napolitano , DoD , DHS , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , White House , White House Summit , acquisition workforce

Tuesday - 02/24/2009, 02:15pm EST

Retraction Demanded

CIA Director Leon Panetta is being asked retract comments that he made during an interview with the New Yorker Magazine. Talking about former Vice President Dick Cheney 's views on National Security. Panetta said "When you read behind it, it's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point." Senator John MCain went on the the morning TV shows to say Panneta's comments were "totally uncalled for. Cheney's criticism came on the same day that President Obama made a major national security speech.

Tags: management , Pentagon , CIA , Leon Panetta , Dick Cheney , Obama

Tuesday - 06/16/2009, 01:24pm EDT

House Armed Services sets up acquisition panel

The House Armed Services Committee today formed a panel to figure out how best to reform the Defense Department's acquisition programs and processes.

Tags: contracting , Ike Skelton , Jim McHugh , Jim Andrews , Mike Conaway , Clair McCaskill , Carl Levin , House Armed Services Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , DoD , acquisition reform

Friday - 03/06/2009, 04:48pm EST

McCain brings House GOP USPS reform plan to Senate

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has introduced legislation in the Senate to overhaul the struggling Postal Service. It mirrors the GOP plan approved by a House subcommittee Wednesday. It would let an independent watchdog to seize control of the agency's finances if it were more than 30 days late in paying its bills.

Tags: Dennis Ross , USPS , Tom Carper , Susan Collins , Emily Kopp

Friday - 09/23/2011, 07:01pm EDT

Bill would strengthen online privacy rights

A new bill would require that companies tracking consumer data seek permission before sharing information about a person with other companies.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , John Kerry , privacy , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 03:05pm EST

Air Force ‘impressed' with EADS, Boeing in tanker mixup

The general overseeing the Air Force's investigation into a November incident that sent competitors' data to rival bidders said Thursday that she was pleased with the companies' handling of the situation. The Pentagon remains convinced that the accidental disclosure will not affect the outcome of the $35 billion acquisition.

Tags: DoD , contracting , Congress , Air Force , Boeing , EADS , Wendy Masiello , Claire McCaskill , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 01/27/2011, 07:26pm EST
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