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DoD lectures Congress on budget 'rules of the game'

Defense Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter said for every dollar lawmakers add to the military's budget or for every program they continue that the Pentagon wants to cancel, it requires cuts elsewhere. He also called sequestration irrational and said DoD is not planning for it.

Tags: DoD , budget , acquisition , TRICARE , Ashton Carter , American Enterprise Institute , Mackenzie Eaglen , Congress , industry , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/31/2012, 05:18am EDT
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OMB directs agencies to cut 5 percent from 2014 budgets

In two memoranda released late Friday, the Office of Management and Budget told agency heads they must cut 5 percent from their 2014 budgets and use evidence-based evaluations.

Tags: FY 2014 budget , budget cuts , Budget Control Act , OMB , Jeffrey Zients , agency budget , Gillian Brockell

Monday - 05/21/2012, 04:59pm EDT

Odierno: Sequestration threatens 'agile' force

In a Defense Department briefing Wednesday, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said service officials are closely examining the issue of women in infantry and armor ranks. Oiderno also said sequestration would thwart the Pentagon's existing plan for a streamlined force.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , DoD , Army , Raymond Odierno , budget , women in combat

Wednesday - 05/16/2012, 07:43pm EDT
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Panetta to Congress: Don't mess with my budget

Hours after a key House committee voted to give the Pentagon more money than it asked for in next year's budget, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said thanks, but no thanks. Panetta warned passing a $3 billion increase would set a showdown with the Senate and force sequestration to happen.

Tags: Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Leon Panetta , DoD budget , Martin Dempsey , Lloyd Austin , Joseph Dunford , budget , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/11/2012, 05:20am EDT
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House OKs bill increasing feds' retirement contributions

The GOP-controlled House passed legislation Thursday requiring federal workers to contribute more toward their retirement. The Sequester Replacement Act of 2012 proposed gradually increasing federal employees' pension contributions by 5 percent over five years as an alternative to sequestration.

Tags: House , Congress , Paul Ryan , budget , pay and benefits , retirement , retirement contribution

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 05:32pm EDT

Agencies may cut $4.6 billion to spare veterans

The White House has declared the Department of Veterans Affairs off-limits to "sequestration" budget cuts, and that means other nondefense agencies may have to bear an additional $4.6 billion in reductions next year.

Tags: Robert Levinson , Bloomberg Government , Veterans Affairs , DoD , Federal Drive

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 07:38am EDT
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Analysis: In sequester, managers should start planning for workforce reductions

Budget analyst Steve Bell says there is "no chance" Congress will be able to pass a plan to avoid sequestration the automatic, across-the-board cuts that would go into effect Jan. 2, 2013, as part of last summer's deficit deal.

Tags: Steve Bell , Bipartisan Policy Center , budget , Congress

Thursday - 05/10/2012, 10:26am EDT
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Federal pension hike advances as part of House alternative to automatic cuts

A plan to avoid automatic cuts to discretionary federal spending, including the Defense Department's, advanced in the House, passing the budget committee and heading to the House floor for a vote later this week. Among the $300 billion in alternative cuts approved by the committee, in a 21-9 party-line vote, is a provision requiring federal employees to pay more for their retirement benefits.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , Paul Ryan , pay and benefits , retirement , Jack Moore

Monday - 05/07/2012, 09:11pm EDT

Top issues affecting contractors

Professional Services Council President and CEO Stan Soloway will talk contracting with host Mark Amtower.
May 7, 2012

Tags: acquisition , contracting , PSC , Stan Soloway , government contracting , LPTA , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 05/07/2012, 08:37pm EDT
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