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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Pentagon officials started warning Congress over two years ago that letting the automatic budget cuts take place would cost money not save it. A new report from the Government Accountability Office offers some evidence that they were right. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu tells In Depth with Francis Rose about this week's edition of Inside The Reporter's Notebook.

Tags: Jared Serbu , Reporters Notebook , DoD , Congress , GAO

Friday - 05/29/2015, 04:27pm EDT
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Sequestration's lessons prove elusive at DoD

The Defense Department should get ready for sequestraton's return in fiscal 2016, the Government Accountability Office warns in a new report.

Tags: GAO , DoD , Defense , budget , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 03:46pm EDT

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 , 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 , 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 , 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 ,

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 , 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 , 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 , 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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