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Sequester not yet affecting govt fire response

Obama administration officials say the automatic budget cuts called "sequestration" have not yet affected the government's ability to fight wildfires.

Tags: Interior Department , USDA

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 05:51pm EDT

Hagel warns of possible DoD layoffs in 2014 if sequestration continues

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Congress that if spending caps continue under sequestration, marked cuts in DoD's budget would possibly lead to reductions in force. Hagel also said there could be severe cuts in operations and maintenance.

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel , Senate Armed Services Committee , Congress , furloughs , Cogan Schneier

Wednesday - 07/10/2013, 07:44pm EDT

The NDAA, sequestration, and more

Jon Etherton, president of Etherton and Associates, Inc., joins host Roger Waldron for a wide ranging discussion of the issues affecting contractors.
July 9, 2013 (This program originally aired on July 2, 2013)

Tags: acquisition , procurement , contracting , NDAA , commerical item contracting , Jon Etherton , Etherton and Associates , Off the Shelf , Roger Waldron , Coalition for Government Procurement

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 08:03pm EDT
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DoD says it has legal authority to furlough working capital fund employees

Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale says the Pentagon has the legal authority to furlough DoD civilians paid out of working-capital funds. Hale was responding to an earlier letter from Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), and more than two dozen other lawmakers, who wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last month requesting the legal rationale for furloughing working-capital fund employees.

Tags: DoD , working-capital fund , Robert Hale , Derek Kilmer , Chuck Hagel , furloughs , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 05:56pm EDT

House members push to let PTO offset sequester cuts

House members with constituents impacted by budget cuts to the Patent and Trademark Office and Department of Defense are taking steps to ease the effect of sequestration and furloughs.

Tags: DoD , USPTO , Congress , House , Sean Maloney , Melissa Dawkins

Monday - 07/08/2013, 06:34pm EDT

Vacationing politicians vs. furloughed feds

What's the difference between an elected politician and a career civil servant? When politicians take time off they get paid, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, whereas feds who don't work don't.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , furloughs , workforce

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 02:00am EDT

Pentagon civilian workers face first of 11 furlough days today

Approximately 85 percent of the Defense Department's civilian workforce -- more than 650,000 employees -- will be staying home Monday, as the first of DoD's cost-cutting furlough days goes into effect. The furloughs were put in place to offset automatic, across-the-board spending cuts implemented by sequestration. DoD estimates the furloughs will save between $1.9 billion and $2.1 billion.

Tags: DoD , furloughs , Chuck Hagel , Ray Odierno , George Little , budget , workforce

Monday - 07/08/2013, 06:32am EDT

Sequestration snarling 2014 budget process

The annual appropriations process is a complex and arduous Washington practice. But sequestration has snarled the process this year. As appropriators work to set agency funding, the House and the Senate disagree about how to account for the cuts in next year's spending plans.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , 2014 appropriations , Hal Rogers , Nita Lowey , Joel Friedman , Center on Budget and Policy Priorities , Heritage Foundation

Sunday - 07/07/2013, 09:48pm EDT

Sequestration slowing OPM's efforts to clear retirement backlog

OPM processed just 8,683 claims last month about 2,800 fewer than it had initially expected to. That's the second month in a row OPM fell behind in processing monthly claims according to new OPM data. The agency was forced to eliminate overtime for employees in its Retirement Services operation at the end of April because of the automatic budget cuts.

Tags: OPM , retirement , retirement backlog , Jack Moore

Friday - 07/05/2013, 01:53pm EDT
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