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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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Sequestration would mean 12.1 percent cut to agency spending

Agencies could see a budget cut of 12.1 percent starting Jan. 2, 2013, if Congress does not come up with an alternative to sequestration. The estimated reduction comes from a new report by the Congressional Research Service.

Tags: Congressional Research Service , budget , Congress , Jolie Lee

Wednesday - 05/02/2012, 05:30am EDT

OMB: No contingency plans yet for sequestration

A top official at the Office of Management and Budget said it's "premature" to begin planning for the automatic, across-the-board cuts that will go into effect Jan. 2, 2013, if Congress cannot reach a deal to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next decade.

Tags: Danny Werfel , OMB , Congress , Paul Ryan , budget ,

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 02:19pm EDT

OMB says VA should be exempt from sequestration cuts

The Veterans Affairs Department should be exempt from the automatic across-the-board cuts or sequestration laid out in last summer's Budget Control Act, according to an April 23 letter from the Office of Management and Budget.

Tags: Steven Aitken , OMB , VA , budget , GAO , Jolie Lee

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 09:45am EDT
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