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Senate's defense bill cuts civilian workforce, caps contractor salaries

The Senate approved a $631 billion annual defense policy Tuesday that would require the Defense Department to reduce its civilian workforce by 5 percent over the next five years and impose a strict cap on government-funded contractor salaries. With the White House threatening to veto the Senate version its current form, the bill now heads to a House-Senate conference committee where differences between the two chambers' bill will be hammered out.

Tags: DoD , 2013 NDAA , Congress , civilian workforce , contractor pay cap , Joe Manchin , Carl Levin , John McCain , Ben Cardin , Claire McCaskill

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 05:37pm EST

Congress clears way for DoD civilian workforce cuts

Congress has cleared the way for a $633 billion defense policy bill that includes mandated reductions to the Defense Department's civilian and contractor workforces. Leaders of a House-Senate conference committee, tasked with reconciling competing versions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, included in the final report the automatic workforce reductions that opponents say would result in about 36,000 job losses.

Tags: House , Congress , DoD , DoD civilian workforce , 2013 NDAA , contractor pay cap , PSC , AFGE , Stan Soloway , J. David Cox , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 06:56pm EST

Mikulski becoming 1st woman to head Appropriations

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is set to become the first woman to chair the prestigious Senate Appropriations Committee, a position left open this week by the death of Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Tags: Congress , Senate Appropriations Committee , Barbara Mikulski , Patrick Leahy , Daniel Inouye

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 06:24pm EST

Sen. Leahy won't head Appropriations Committee

Sen. Patrick Leahy said Wednesday he would remain as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee rather than take over the top slot on the Appropriations Committee, which became vacant this week with the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Leahy, a seven-term Democrat from Vermont, said in a statement that continuing to chair the Judiciary Committee while "maintaining my seniority on the Appropriations Committee will allow me to protect both the Constitution and Vermont."

Tags: Congress , Patrick Leahy , Barbara Mikulski , Daniel Inouye , Senate Appropriations Committee

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 05:22pm EST

House OKs DHS audit, lightens GAO load

The House this week approved a handful of bills aimed at improving federal financial management and oversight of government operations. Two of the bills one requiring the Homeland Security Department to pass a complete financial audit and the other lightening the mandatory caseload of the Government Accountability Office have already been passed by the Senate and head to the president's desk for his signature.

Tags: DHS , GAO , DHS audit , House , Congress , Improper payments

Friday - 12/14/2012, 05:41pm EST

Senators press Army on suspension and debarment delays

A bipartisan group of senators has written to top Army officials to express concern about delays in the suspension and debarment process that leave the service open to contracting waste and fraud. In a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno, the senators questioned "significant time lapses" between referrals for suspension and actual debarment of contractors in Afghanistan.

Tags: Congress , acquisition , Suspension and debarment , Army , DoD , Claire McCaskill , Jeanne Shaheen , SIGAR , Afghanistan

Monday - 12/10/2012, 07:42pm EST

Senate moves forward with plan to reduce DoD civilian workforce

The Senate moved forward with a plan to require the Defense Department to reduce its civilian workforce by 5 percent over the next five years, after a measure striking that provision was defeated in a vote Friday. Earlier this week, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced an amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which would lift a mandated 5 percent reduction to DoD's civilian and contractor workforces over five years. But in a 53-41 vote, Cardin's amendment was defeated.

Tags: DoD , workforce , 2013 NDAA , Ben Cardin , John McCain , civilian workforce , Carl Levin , Jack Moore

Friday - 11/30/2012, 02:50pm EST

Senate votes to require DHS clean audit by 2013

The Homeland Security Department would be required to conduct and pass a full financial audit under a bill unanimously approved by the Senate on Wednesday. The DART Act requires the agency, long characterized by the Government Accountability Office as being at high-risk for waste and abuse, to reach a clean audit opinion by 2013.

Tags: Congress , financial management , DHS , DART Act , Tom Carper , Scott Brown , Ron Johnson , oversight , Jack Moore

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 06:49pm EST

White House threatens to veto Senate Defense bill

The White House is threatening to veto the $631 billion annual Defense bill the Senate is debating this week unless Congress makes changes. The administration took issue with a number of provisions included in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Bill, which Senate leaders hope to vote on by the end of the week.

Tags: DoD , 2013 NDAA , Congress , John McCain , OMB , veto threat , Ben Cardin , Jack Moore

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 05:49pm EST
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