• Sequestration to have no effect on agency spending in 2020

    In today’s Federal Newscast, the Congressional Budget Office says agencies will not have to cut their spending because of sequestration in fiscal 2020, bad news for budget hawks concerned about the national debt.

  • Air Force may be better off trying to keep pilots than hiring more

    In today’s Federal Newscast, a new study from the RAND Corporation shows it would cost the military more money to create new pilots, rather than trying to retain the ones it currently has.

  • Fed up feds may have good news on shutdown

    Guest commentator Jeff Neal explains why his long-time optimism about working for the federal government may be fading if another shutdown happens this month or in October.

  • Bonus holiday: Not what you had in mind, right?

    For the past few months many federal workers hoped against hope that they would get a bonus holiday today from the White House. And they got it, sort of.

  • Navy says its readiness is improving, but progress is fragile

    The Navy tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that a change in funding could hurt its trajectory on readiness.

  • Innovation has been neglected in the defense sector

    Coming off the end of a period of sequestrations, some defense experts are worried that innovation has taken a backseat.

  • Veterans Choice program faces another fiscal cliff

    In today’s Federal Newscast, acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie urges Congress to take action to permanently fund the Veterans Choice program.

  • DoD officials: Agency’s underfunded maintenance backlog exceeds $116B

    In today’s Federal Newscast, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment Lucian Niemeyer tells members of Congress about how six years of sequestration effected military buildings.

  • Todd Harrison: Another CR isn’t a sure thing

    In most of the recent political death matches on Capitol Hill, defense spending was at the center of the fight. This time it’s immigration. Still, the threat of a shutdown and a lack of resolution over defense priorities has a lot of Washington nervous. Todd Harrison, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin there’s more talk about holding out on passing another short-term continuing resolution until some of the key issues are resolved.

  • Shutdown threat: Could this be the real thing?

    Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says we dodged a couple shutdown threats last year but now the clock is ticking again and its set to go off January 19.