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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Pentagon launches program to recognize its best suppliers

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is a biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. In this edition, DoD kicks off its "superior supplier" program, and DoD asks Congress to stop pushing acquisition reforms.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Better Buying Power , Congress , Frank Kendall , Sean Stackley , Terry Halvorsen , David Tillotson , Michael McCord , Michael Basla , William Bender , Thomas Horlander , Karen Dyson , Jared Serbu

Monday - 06/16/2014, 04:18am EDT
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Pentagon, Senate lawmakers already at odds over 2015 budget cuts

DoD's cost savings proposals for 2015 and beyond include something for every lawmaker to hate. The process of selling the budget on Capitol Hill officially kicked off Wednesday, and the reception was not exceptionally warm.

Tags: DoD , budget , Congress , pay and benefits , Martin Dempsey , Chuck Hagel , Senate Armed Services Committee , workforce , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 04:12am EST
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Pentagon seeks new out-of-pocket charges for TRICARE beneficiaries

Family members of active duty service members and military retirees would see new fees under the Defense Department's proposal to consolidate TRICARE plans, as part of the fiscal 2015 budget request sent to Congress Tuesday.

Tags: DoD , budget , TRICARE , pay and benefits , Mark Ramsay , workforce , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/05/2014, 03:51am EST
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DoD ties another round of BRAC to sizable civilian personnel cuts

Defense Department officials said reducing and realigning bases and depots will help them achieve more savings that can be put toward readiness. Acting Defense Deputy Secretary Christine Fox said this round of BRAC would be different than in 2005.

Tags: DoD , BRAC , workforce , Congress , Christine Fox , Chuck Hagel , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 04:06am EST
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DoD Comptroller Robert Hale to leave position

The Defense Department's Robert Hale will step down from his position as comptroller and chief financial officer. President Barack Obama has nominated Mike McCord, principal deputy undersecretary of Defense, to replace Hale.

Tags: DoD , Mike McCord , people , Shefali Kapadia

Friday - 01/31/2014, 09:56am EST

Pentagon says shutdown wasted at least $600 million

A tally totaling the costs of the government shutdown on the Defense Department only includes lost work-hours from civilian furloughs, not additional government costs from interest payments, contract delays or other impacts from the shutdown. AFGE and NTEU are asking agencies to speed up back pay to federal workers.

Tags: DoD , management , government shutdown , pay and benefits , furlough , NTEU , AFGE , J David Cox , Colleen Kelley , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/18/2013, 04:18am EDT
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GOP Lawmakers lambaste DoD over shutdown furloughs

Nearly all of the Defense Department's civilians are now working, despite the government shutdown. Many members of Congress believe none of those civilians should have been furloughed to begin with. DoD remains unsure how to address contractors under the Pay Our Military Act.

Tags: DoD , Congress , House Armed Services Committee , government shutdown , Mike Coffman , Rob Wittman , Robert Taylor , Pay Our Military Act , pay and benfits , industry , Jared Serbu , contracting

Friday - 10/11/2013, 04:07am EDT
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DoD to bring back most employees from shutdown furlough

The Defense Department says it's decided it has the legal authority to bring most of its civilian workforce back from furlough even as a government shutdown persists. But the Pentagon warned that unless the shutdown ends soon, many of those employees will have nothing to do.

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel , government shutdown , furloughs , Congress , pay and benefits , Jared Serbu

Saturday - 10/05/2013, 09:01pm EDT

DoD would furlough roughly half of civilian workforce during shutdown

Pentagon guidance says military members will report to work as normal under a government shutdown, and most employees working under service contracts would be unaffected as well. But about half the civilian workforce would be told to stay home without pay.

Tags: DoD , government shutdown , furlough , budget , continuing resolution , Jared Serbu

Friday - 09/27/2013, 08:37pm EDT
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MSPB delays processing DoD furlough appeals

Due to the flood of appeals coming into its offices, the Merit Systems Protection Board has delayed processing and adjudicating furlough appeals from civilian Defense Department employees. The board will continue to process appeals from non-DoD employees.

Tags: MSPB , sequestration , furloughs , DoD , workforce , Susan Tsui Grundmann , Michael OConnell , Merit Systems Protection Board

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 12:23pm EDT
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