President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter took part in a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery Monday. The day before, Carter attended the start of the Rolling Thunder ride at the Pentagon.
Congress is in its first round of writing an annual Defense authorization bill. Lawmakers are determined to protect certain weapons systems even though the Pentagon says it can’t afford them. While parochialism is hardly new on Capitol Hill, DoD thinks it spells big trouble while there’s no new money coming its way. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss this topic and others from his biweekly feature, Inside the DoD Reporter’s Notebook .
Theresa Kern, a member of Women Construction Owners and Executives, discusses a new provision in the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill that helps women-owned, small construction companies. Grant McLaughlin of Booz Allen Hamilton talks about a new social media guide for feds. Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper previews the upcoming confirmation season. Matthew Zisman of Bloomberg Government talks about new contracts for NASA.
Witold Skwierczynski of the AFGE National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals talks about today’s SSA demonstration. Travis Howerton discusses the National Nuclear Security Administration’s plans to launch its own social network. Jeremy Herb of The Hill details the Defense Bill just passed by the Senate.
Lawmakers have about 23 real work days left before the end of the fiscal year to pass USPS reform, comprehensive cyber, DoD authorization and all the 2013 spending bills. Experts hold out little hope even after the passage of the FDA bill and the expected approval of the highway legislation.
As cybersecurity-specific bills stall in Congress, Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I) has suggested amending the defense bill to get the biggest cyber initiatives passed.
The Professional Services Council details likes and dislikes of procurement language in the 2012 DoD Authorization bill.
The House passed a 1.6 percent pay raise for military personnel.