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Army under secretary: With or without sequestration, DoD will shrink

Army Under Secretary Joseph Westphal said if the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration go into effect, the impact to the Defense Department will be "devastating." At the same time, the DoD still must plan for cuts as tight budget continue and combat operations shrink.

Tags: Pentagon Solutions , Joseph Westphal , Army , DoD , budget , PTSD , Congress , In Depth , BRAC

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 08:26pm EDT
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Analysis: Defense contractors already reducing workforce

The Project on Government Oversight reviewed the size of five of the largest defense contractors and found three of the five were reducing their workforces even as the Defense Department's procurement budget ballooned between 2006 and 2011.

Tags: POGO , budget , DoD , contracting , Congress

Thursday - 08/09/2012, 12:44pm EDT

Calm Before The Storm

August is hot in DC, Atlanta, Houston, St. Louis and Cincinnati and lots of other places too. But those of us inside the Beltway get a break you don't...that's because for the next month...until after Labor Day, tens of thousands of the people who at times make this such a toxic town are away back with the folks who sent them here in the first place.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , August recess , continuing resolution , FERS , early retirement

Monday - 08/06/2012, 02:00am EDT

In Depth interviews - July 31

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Tom Shoop , Al Burman , Barry Pavel , GAO , Labor Department , defense contractors , acquisitions , management

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 03:28pm EDT

OMB, DoD remain mum on sequestration's impact on specific programs

Agencies should not change their spending plans for this year or next, but need to start assessing which programs would be impacted by automatic sequestration cuts if Congress doesn't cancel them, OMB acting Director Jeff Zients told Congress Wednesday.

Tags: Congress , OMB , budget , Jeffrey Zients , Ashton Carter , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Budget Control Act , Jared Serbu , DoD

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 06:09am EDT
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Was 2011 The Good Old Days???

When you think of the good old days do you think of your childhood, or maybe when you were in high school or college? For some people, like those who work for or are otherwise linked to Uncle Sam, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says the good old days may be as recent as this time last year when we thought times were tough.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , workforce , layoffs , NTEU , Colleen Kelly , Your Turn with Mike Causey , Beltway

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 02:00am EDT

Budget showdown fizzles

Ever watch an inept team of trainees assemble then take apart an explosive device? If not, move to D.C. or watch live coverage of Congress on TV. With Congress, you get the political version which, more often than not, ends in a whimper rather than a bang, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay & benefits , workforce , budget , Congress , Labor Department , layoffs , furloughs

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 02:00am EDT
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