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Pentagon orders planning for civilian furloughs, other cutbacks

Defense Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter told DoD components Thursday to draw up plans for full-year continuing resolution, plus sequestration. The approach to deal with across-the-board cuts would be to freeze civilian hiring, cut training, travel and conferences and reduce business technology expenditures.

Tags: DoD , Congress , DoD budget , Ashton Carter , Martin Dempsey , workforce , furloughs , AFGE , Jacqueline Simon , Jared Serbu , Leon Panetta

Friday - 01/11/2013, 05:42am EST
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Furloughs: This may not be a drill

Inside the Beltway is crisis central. The media must report 24/7 and, during the fiscal cliff showdown, they did. But while earlier stories also included a lot of eye-rolling, could the latest sequestration crisis mean it's "this time for sure?"

Tags: workforce , Congress , pay and benefits , Mike Causey , federal report

Monday - 01/14/2013, 02:00am EST

Air Force's sequestration hit would mean less of everything

Air Force commanders will get orders in the next few days to plan for the possibility of fewer flying hours, providing fewer office supplies and working on fewer IT upgrades. Part of the service's planning will be to figure out how many civilian workers would need to be furloughed and for how long.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Air Force , Michael Donley , Mark Welsh , Leon Panetta , Jared Serbu , workforce , furloughs

Monday - 01/14/2013, 05:19am EST
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Dude, R U essential or expendable?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is your job essential, emergency or mission-critical, and what does that mean? What would happen if you or your agency are told to turn out the lights and go home?

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , Congress ,

Tuesday - 01/15/2013, 02:00am EST

OMB tells agencies to 'intensify' sequestration planning

Agencies across government should intensify their planning for across-the-board sequestration cuts, according to a Jan. 14 memo to the heads of executive department and agencies from Jeff Zients, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget. The memo comes on the heels of similar guidance issued last week by the Defense Department. Meanwhile, the Navy warned of the threat of reduced funding from a short-term spending measure.

Tags: budget , Congress , 2014 budget , continuing resolution , Jeff Zients , Ray Mabus , Paul Ryan , Jack Moore

Monday - 01/14/2013, 08:04pm EST

Furloughs or fire drills?

Like Hollywood superheroes, federal workers managed to escape going over the fiscal cliff. But coming up in this regular mini-series is a possible shutdown because of the White House-Congress fight over the debt limit. If you survive that, there is the sequestration time bomb that is ticking and due to go off in March. Other than that, have a nice day.

Tags: Mike Causey , federal report , workforce , budget , Congress

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 02:00am EST

Begin saving cash now, Air Force tells commanders

The Air Force orders commanders to start cutbacks in advance of the next budget emergency.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Navy , Jamie Morin , Ray Mabus , Jonathan Greenert , budget , DoD budget , continuing resolution , workforce , civilian workforce , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 11:08am EST
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Pentagon issues dire warning to Congress about budget cuts

The nation's top military leaders warned Congress in unusually stark terms that its failure to pass a 2013 defense budget - coupled with the threat of automatic budget cuts - has pushed the Pentagon to the brink of a crisis.

Tags: DoD , budget , Martin Dempsey , Joint Chiefs of Staff

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 06:53pm EST

Navy living out its 'heyday,' but rough seas ahead

Robert Work, the undersecretary of the Navy, says forget about the Reagan-era aspirations of a 600-ship fleet. Even with a smaller Navy, things are better than ever, he says, even if they're about to get worse due to smaller budgets and the threat of sequestration. "Yes, things might get worse. In fact, they probably will get worse. But this is the heyday of the U.S. Navy. And, if you're not excited, you ain't breathing," he said at the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium this week.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Robert Work , budget , Jared Serbu , Tom Copeman , management , Ray Mabus , continuing resolution

Friday - 01/18/2013, 06:12am EST
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Army freezes civilian hiring, cuts base spending ahead of potential sequestration

The Army has put an immediate freeze on civilian hiring and will begin terminating some temporary employees to reduce spending ahead of potential across-the-board budget cuts later this year. Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno and Army Secretary John McHugh also directed Army commanders and supervisors to reduce base-operations support spending.

Tags: budget , DoD , Army , John McHugh , Ray Odierno , Jack Moore

Friday - 01/18/2013, 04:54pm EST
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