In today’s Federal Newscast, agencies have one less thing to worry about for the final six weeks of fiscal 2019, budget cuts due to sequestration are not on the table.
The new budget deal between Congress and the White House includes a two-year ban on sequestration-related furloughs for federal workers.
The main sticking point between the House and Senate versions is the topline number. The Senate bill authorizes an additional $17 billion for the Defense Department, which the House argues would be used for pet projects like the border wall.
A fiery debate is likely brewing over the future of a space force after the House Armed Services Committee decided not to address the White House’s request to create the new service in its annual policy bill.
Dunford says the holes in readiness are filled, but the military needs to build on its competitive edge.
The Senate Armed Services Committee is the first congressional entity to officially approve of a space force with their latest defense budget.
The House Appropriations Committee bill moves tens of billions of dollars into the base budget, possibility setting up a sequestration showdown.
Critics of the $750 billion Defense budget request ask why taxpayers should trust the Defense Department with money, as a result of the 2018 audit.
Leadership on the Senate Budget Committee has proposed a 2020 budget resolution that calls for deep cuts to mandatory and discretionary spending. Federal employee retirement benefits are on the table as a potential vehicle for savings.
House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith says a $733 billion budget for defense is doable.
The Congressional Budget Office said current use of overseas contingency operations (OCO) funds to pay for enduring costs can distort the DoD’s long-term budget planning.
All four leaders of the Armed Services Committees oppose using military construction funds for a border wall.
The Navy tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that a change in funding could hurt its trajectory on readiness.
Federal Managers Association President Renee Johnson and FMA Government and Public Affairs Director Greg Stanford join host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to discuss what their organization is doing to help secure a 1.9 percent pay raise for white collar feds. September 26, 2018