The president signed a three-week continuing resolution until law, that reopens the government and keeps it open until at least Feb. 8.
While the Defense Department balances the threat of sequestration with additional spending money from the White House, some members of Congress are looking at ways to support military members and their families.
Congress is doing away with Frank Kendall’s position and is authorizing more troops for the services.
Congress wants to tinker with TRICARE, but one expert says the military health plan is doing fine by itself.
A Senate panel’s version of the 2017 defense authorization bill keeps the military pay raise at 1.6 percent, but expands some health care options.
Advocacy organizations are criticizing the Pentagon’s proposed fee increase for TRICARE as unfair and discriminatory.
Seven senators have requested an independent investigation by the Defense Department’s inspector general into the accidental disclosure of technical data to rival bidders Boeing and EADS in the Air Force’s refueling tanker competition.