Lloyd Austin

Defense workers get ethics reminder from DoD secretary

In today’s Federal Newscast, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is reminding servicemembers and DoD employees about the ethical values of the department.

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In this Oct. 31, 2018, photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, Master Sgt. Matt Conn, a loadmaster with the 21st Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., directs an Army HMMWV into a C-17 Globemaster III at Ft. Knox, Ky., to assist Department of Homeland Security along the southwest border. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has left no doubt his top priority as leader of the military is making it more “lethal” _ better at war and more prepared for it. And yet, nothing about the military’s new mission at the U.S.-Mexico border advances that goal.  (Airman First Class Daniel A. Hernandez/U.S. Air Force via AP)

DoD’s real estate issues no longer a ‘high risk’ area, GAO says

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Jeff Neal

Civil service modernization is essential — here is one way to make it happen

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Amelia Brust/Federal News NetworkFederal Acquisition, GSA

DoD plans April contract award to fix ‘fundamentally flawed’ moving system

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Army installations commander says time to scrap 2005 concept that created joint bases

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Vacant positions, vacant buildings and a very merry fiscal year

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Senate silent on a federal pay raise, and other bills to watch

The Senate stays silent on a pay raise for federal employees in its 2018 appropriations bill, meaning civilian workers are closer to a 1.9 percent boost…

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David Wise & Brian Lepore: Does VA need its own BRAC?

The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process has helped the military when Congress allows it. But the BRAC process might help the VA with its realignment.

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Getty Images/Bill ClarkRep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) 
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Lawmakers, VSOs coming around on BRAC-like process for VA but still disagree over details

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said the legislation he recently introduced that sets up a BRAC-style commission to review medical facilities at the Veterans Affairs Department marks the beginning of a long conversation on the topic.

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