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Issa seeks answers on layoff notices from defense companies

Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darrel Issa (R-Calif.), wrote to the heads of 10 defense companies seeking information about the legal justification for not issuing notices of potential layoffs due to the across-the-board defense cuts set to go into effect Jan. 2. If contractors don't issue the notices and contracts are, in fact, terminated or modified, then agencies will pick up the contract-termination and employee compensation costs, the Office of Management and Budget stated in guidance issued late last month. But Republican lawmakers have argued the White House doesn't have the legal authority to ask companies to not comply with the law.

Tags: DoD , budget , Darrell Issa , Lockheed Martin , defense industry , OMB , Labor Department , WARN Act

Friday - 10/12/2012, 04:05pm EDT

Sequestration + stock market = your TSP

What does the curse of the Mayan calendar, the threat of sequestration and the always jittery stock market have to do with your TSP account balance? Maybe nothing, maybe a lot. Dust off your crystal ball and buckle up, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , workforce , budget

Monday - 10/22/2012, 02:00am EDT

Beyond the Beltway worries

In wonkier parts of the Washington area, the talk of the town is about fiscal cliffs and sequestration followed by sex and the Redskins, not necessarily in that order. But beyond the Beltway, folks seem to have a firmer grip on what's important, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , Congress , budget , workforce

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 02:00am EDT

Panetta calls on lame duck Congress to resolve sequestration

Pentagon makes one more plea for a resolution to sequestration. A regular budget, an annual authorization bill and a resolution to the fight over cybersecurity laws would be helpful as well.

Tags: DoD , cybersecurity , Congress , budget , critical infrastructure , Leon Panetta , Eric Rosenbach , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/26/2012, 05:24am EDT
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Will election results mean more gridlock on budget, sequestration?

President Barack Obama's victory over Republican Challenger Mitt Romney didn't come as a surprise to anyone who was following the pre-election polls. Few surprises occurred in the congressional races as well, which suggested a return of the status quo in Washington and continued gridlock ahead.

Tags: Election 2012 , Barack Obama , Mitt Romney , budget , Robert Shea , Scott Lilly , Center for American Progress , Congress , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 05:03am EST
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Navy finds billions of dollars in under-the-radar IT expenses

As the Navy scours its IT systems to determine exactly what it owns, it's discovered it operates double the data centers and tens of thousands of servers and applications more than it previously thought. The findings come more than a decade after the Navy implemented its Navy-Marine Corps Intranet, which was supposed to reduce the number of disparate systems run by the agency and eliminate stovepipes. All told, Navy's IT budget could be as much as $4 billion more than it initially thought.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Janice Haith , technology , enterprise licenses agreements , contracting , industry , data center consolidation , application rationalization , Virtualization , IT efficiencies , budget , continuing resolution , NMCI , NGEN , Jared Serbu

Monday - 02/18/2013, 06:04am EST
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Next few weeks critical to defining DoD in second Obama term

"Fog bank" of threatened automatic spending cuts makes predicting Defense policy under a re-elected President Obama difficult. But experts agree DoD is likely to take more cuts, with or without sequestration.

Tags: Election 2012 , Barack Obama , DoD , Leon Panetta , George Little , Todd Harrison , Tom Donnelly , Russell Rumbaugh , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , American Enterprise Institute , Stimson Center , Jared Serbu

Friday - 11/09/2012, 05:50am EST
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Congress faces agenda of unfinished business

Averting sequestration sits atop the to-do as Congress returns Tuesday from a seven-week election break to a long list of unfinished business.

Tags: Congress , budget , John Boehner

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 05:46am EST

Fiscal cliff negotiators are facing high hurdles

The White House and leaders on the Hill will have to resolve deep political and fiscal disagreements that have stymied them time after time despite repeated promises to overcome them.

Tags: Barack Obama , John Boehner , Congress , House , budget , tax cuts ,

Monday - 11/19/2012, 03:37am EST

Warner hopeful feds won't feel a budget 'jolt'

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that a large number of lawmakers from both parties support a plan that raises more revenues and recognizes that entitlement programs have got to be made viable over the long term.

Tags: Mark Warner , Senate , Congress , Barack Obama , John Boehner , budget , continuing resolution , Michael OConnell

Monday - 11/19/2012, 12:30pm EST
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