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Non-binding budget plan omits retirement contribution hike

Republican leaders in the House and Senate passed a compromise bill that seeks significant cuts to agency operating budgets, while boosting Defense spending. Absent from the non-binding plan is mention of an increase in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Tags: budget , House , Senate , retirement , sequestration , Greg Stanford , Federal Managers Association , Jason Briefel , Shaw Bransford Roth , Michael OConnell

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:43pm EDT

FY2016 budget: put up or shut up time for Congress

The next two weeks may reveal the Republican Congress' real ability to govern, for better or worse.

Tags: Francis Rose , Congress , budget , sequestration , National Defense Authorization Act

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 04:30am EDT

Tom Collina, Director of Policy, Ploughshares Fund

Members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees can't decide if the defense budget should be above or below sequestration caps. So both the House and Senate's plans keep DoD's budget within the caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act and increase funds for overseas contingency operations. Tom Collina is director of policy for the Ploughshares Fund and former research director of the non-partisan Arms Control Association. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the OCO budget plans are just a political compromise and don't address the real issues confronting defense spending reform.

Tags: Tom Collina , Ploughshares Fund , DoD , sequestration , Congress , In Congress

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 04:28pm EDT
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NIH may be spared from sequestration, Cardin says

The Maryland Democrat fielded questions from National Institutes of Health employees at a town-hall meeting at the agency's Bethesda headquarters.

Tags: NIH , Ben Cardin , Francis Collins , Maryland , Workforce , budget , science , medicine , Senate , Emily Kopp , outsourcing , travel restrictions , sequestration

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 01:09pm EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Even if Congress finally finds a way around sequestration, the drawdown plan the Army has already laid out would take it down to a size of 450,000 soliders within the next five years. Officials said they won't be able to shed 40,000 personnel just through attrition. As Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports, the Army is expected to involuntarily separate at least 14,000 more soldiers, and thousands more if the budget caps stay in effect.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Army , DoD , budget , sequestration , In Depth

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 04:53pm EDT
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House Democrats release alternative budget plan

The Democrats' plan, introduced by House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen, would further change the Budget Control Act to allow agencies more financial flexibility. Unlike the Republican plan to restore normalized funding to the Defense Department while continuing to scale back domestic programs, the Democrats want to restore funding for both defense and non-defense agencies.

Tags: budget , Chris Van Hollen , House Budget Committee , pay raise , sequestration , Congress , Sean McCalley

Monday - 03/23/2015, 05:16pm EDT

Military leaders express misgivings about House plan to boost their budget

Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending is incompatible with the current Defense strategy. But, they also have serious concerns with the plan House Republicans released this week to boost Defense funding, saying it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of budget uncertainty.

Tags: DoD , budget , OCO , management , sequestration , House Budget Committee , Congress , Jared Serbu , House Armed Services Committee , Ray Odierno , Mac Thornberry , Mark Welsh , Mike McCord , Mike Rogers

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:00am EDT
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DoD pursues back-office savings ahead of potential cuts from sequestration

The Defense Business Board outlines three approaches for the Pentagon to save $125 billion across six administrative areas. Defense Deputy Secretary Bob Work said the 90-day study will help his department improve productivity as sequestration looms.

Tags: management , budget , DoD , Bob Work , Frank Kendall , Michael Turner , House Armed Services Committee , sequestration , Administrative functions , Defense Business Board , McAleese and Associates , Credit Suisse , Better Buying Power 3.0 , Acquisition policy , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:05am EDT
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House GOP budget calls for increase in feds' retirement contributions

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) released his $3.8 trillion budget plan, which includes language calling for an increase to federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans. All federal employees would pay 6.6 percent of their pay into their retirement plans. The bill also increases funding to the Defense Department's Overseas Contingency Operations fund, while keeping total DoD spending under sequestration caps.

Tags: House Budget Committe , Tom Price , budget , FERS , retirement , retirement contribution , DoD , Overseas Contingency Operations , Congress , House , Steny Hoyer , Donna Edwards , sequestration , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 03:06pm EDT
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