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Sequestration worries uniformed leaders, Congress

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, in a visit to the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, discussed the challenges facing the Defense Department. Also, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) discussed the challenges of sequestration in a keynote address at a Brookings Institution event.

Tags: DoD , Pentagon Solutions , In Depth , Francis Rose , Martin Dempsey , Kelly Ayotte , budget

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 07:17pm EDT
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NIH director voices concerns about sequestration

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee on Health shared concern about effects of potential sequestration on the agency, specifically in the area of funding grants.

Tags: NIH , House Energy and Commerce Committee , Congress , NCATS , Esther Carey , Francis Collins

Friday - 06/22/2012, 08:01pm EDT

OMB: Contingency operations subject to sequestration

The Office of Management and Budget has reiterated to lawmakers that the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration will apply to wartime funding. In a June 15 letter, to Rep. Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeff Zients wrote that the Budget Control Act allowed no "flexibility" to exempt Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), from sequestration.

Tags: Congress , House , OCO , contingency operations , Buck McKeon , Ileana Ros-Lehtinen , Mike Rogers , budget , Jeff Zients , OMB , Jack Moore

Friday - 06/22/2012, 06:21pm EDT

In Depth interviews - June 19

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. Across-the-board mandatory cuts have a lot of people on edge, especially those who work closely with the Defense Department. Across-the-board mandatory cuts have a lot of people on edge. But some of the rhetoric could be overblown, says Benjamin Friedman, a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Earl Devaney , Reznick Government , RATB , Tom Shoop , GovExec , Catherine Lotrionte , Stuxnet , Ben Friedman , Cato Institute , Mike Sullivan , GAO , F-35 II

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 01:39am EDT

Analysis: DoD needs to slice budget with or without sequestration

Benjamin Friedman, a CATO Institute research fellow, said sequestration prevents intelligent spending cuts, but that doesn't necessarily mean DoD lacks room to make smarter ones.

Tags: budget , DoD , best practices , Budget Control Act , Benjamin Friedman , Keith BieryGolick , Cato Institute , Congress , In Depth

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 05:15am EDT
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Pentagon Solutions: Panetta warns of 'disaster' from defense cuts

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pleaded with Congress last Wednesday to avoid the disaster of automatic defense cuts even as he criticized lawmakers' affection for protecting aging ships and aircraft. Ramping up the pressure, Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, painted a bleak picture of the military and its power if the across-the-board reductions, known as "sequestration," go into effect beginning Jan. 2.

Tags: DoD , In Depth , Pentagon Solutions , Leon Panetta , budget , Martin Dempsey , Joint Chiefs of Staff

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 04:55pm EDT

Lockheed CEO warns of increased government costs from sequestration

The largest federal contractor is struggling to prepare for about $1 trillion in cuts that are due to take effect in January. Retiring-CEO Robert Stevens said agencies will ask vendors to modify contracts and that in turn will drive up the costs of those programs. Lockheed Martin already is taking steps to reduce its spending by consolidating facilities and reducing staff.

Tags: industry , contracting , DoD , Lockheed Martin , budget , Robert Stevens , Chris Kubasik , Congress , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 05:35am EDT
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Analysis: Sequestration would drive contractors over 'fiscal cliff'

Defense contractors are growing increasingly worried about the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, known as sequestration, which are set to take effect in January. Marion Blakey, the president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, said the cuts would hit the defense industry particularly hard.

Tags: Marion Blakey , AIA , industry , acquisition , DoD , In Depth , Francis Rose , Jack Moore

Monday - 06/18/2012, 09:59pm EDT
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Vendors start to see contracts slowing down with sequestration looming

Contractors warn of possible layoffs due to potential budget cuts. Some companies are in waiting mode to see what happens with Congress over the next six months.

Tags: Debbie James , SAIC , budget , acquisition , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Ruben Gomez , industry , contracting

Friday - 06/15/2012, 05:56am EDT
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Ranking top government contractors; threat of sequestration

This week on Bloomberg Government's Capital Impact show, results from a new BGov analysis that shows federal contract spending is slumping. Plus, how defense contractors may be able to protect some revenue from sequestration.

Tags: Bloomberg Government , Brian Friel , Allen Scott , Anne Laurent , Kevin Brancato , Robert Levinson , contracting , DoD

Wednesday - 06/06/2012, 06:16pm EDT
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