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Col. Mike Barron (Ret.), Military Officers Association of America

The first day of markups for the National Defense Authorization Act includes a big win for military personnel advocates but potentially a big swing and a miss too. The Personnel subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee rejects cuts to housing allowances...commissary funding and changes to TRICARE that would make some participants pay more themselves. The subcommittee didn't say anything about a 1 percent pay raise for troops for 2015 though. Retired Army Col. Mike Barron, deputy director of government relations at the Military Officers Association of America, shares his views on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Mike Barron , Military Officers Association of America , DoD , In Depth

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 05:45pm EDT
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Pentagon sees new risks to industrial base during current spending downturn

The Defense Department and the industries it depends on have made their way through budget downturns before, but this one is different. Both budgets and threats are uncertain.

Tags: DoD , industry , Elana Broitman , Frank Kendall , Linda Hudson , acquisition , Jared Serbu

Friday - 04/25/2014, 04:43am EDT
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Despite objections, Air Force sees no good alternatives to eliminating aircraft fleets

Members of Congress aren't happy with the Air Force's proposal to cut entire fleets of aircraft out of its inventory. But the service insists it's the only way to comply with the budget caps Congress created, and the alternatives would be far more painful.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , A-10 , Mark Welsh , Jared Serbu , Congress

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:38am EDT
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DHA sets sights on big savings with joint-first strategy

The Defense Health Agency is predicting savings of over $2.4 billion in the next five years by reducing duplication between the services, Lt. Gen. Douglas Robb, director of DHA, tells Agency of the Month Host Lauren Larson.

Tags: Douglas Robb , DHA , management , health care , TRICARE , Agency of the Month , Lauren Larson , Military Enlisted Training Center , duplication

Wednesday - 04/23/2014, 12:00pm EDT

GAO blames 'uneven' IRS performance on budget cuts, staffing decline

Budget cuts and a steep drop in the size of the Internal Revenue Service's workforce have resulted in "uneven" performance by the agency, according to the Government Accountability Office. In the wake of reduced staff and shrinking budgets, IRS service levels decreased, the agency was forced to delay two major IT projects and spending on employee training has been slashed by more than 80 percent, according to GAO.

Tags: IRS , GAO , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 09:48am EDT

Cuts, tax loopholes and sequestration - April 4, 2014 and April 18, 2014

This week on AFGE's Inside Government, Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness discusses the realities of tax reform; Bill Press of the Bill Press Show talks about the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the midterm elections, Union Radio and sequestration; Katherine McFate, president and CEO of the Center for Effective Government examines the impact of current federal funding levels; and, AFGE National President J. David Cox explains why AFGE is advocating for a 4 percent pay increase for government employees.

Tags: AFGE , Inside Government , Frank Clemente , Katherine McFate , J. David Cox , Bill Press , sequestration , tax reform , Affordable Care Act ,

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 10:36am EDT
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House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

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Thursday - 04/10/2014, 07:33pm EDT

Are agencies doing enough to weed out redundant programs?

Three years after the Government Accountability Office first reported that federal agencies were managing a maze of potentially duplicative federal programs, the watchdog agency has added nearly a dozen more areas to its tally of duplication and overlap. GAO's latest report identifies a total of 26 areas for potential cost-savings, ranging from fragmented operations to out-and-out copycat programs being run by multiple agencies.

Tags: management , OMB , Beth Cobert , GAO , duplication , Nicole Clowers , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 12:36pm EDT
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DoD plots third chapter in Better Buying Power initiative

The latest edition of the Defense Department's effort to buy more capability without more money will emphasize the idea of bringing outside innovation into the military acquisition process.

Tags: DoD , industry , acquisition , Better Buying Power , management , Frank Kendall , Early Wyatt , Robert Baker , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 04:50am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Web Manager, Federal News Radio

House Republicans have released their 2015 budget plan. Plenty of provisions would affect federal employees, if they were to become law. Among them, feds would have to contribute more toward their own retirement. Federal News Radio Web Manager Julia Ziegler tells Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the plan and shares comments on the issue. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tags: Julia Ziegler , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp ,

Friday - 04/04/2014, 10:07am EDT
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