The task force will last as long as six months and give recommendations that may turn into legislation.
New benefits, daycare grants and possible backpay may all be in the future for Defense Department employees, service members and contractors.
After a marathon markup, the House added a handful of important amendments to its version of the NDAA.
The nation’s all-volunteer military force is effective, but it’s expensive. Yet regardless of how much of the federal budget is devoted to defense, too many members of military families face hunger. Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.), sponsor of the Military Hunger Prevention Act, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin how people can help.
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.
The first estimates of the savings realized from the House’s plan to reform TRICARE come in around $7 billion.
Reforms in the 2017 defense authorization bill add enrollment fees to TRICARE to try to bring down government costs.
In the great cosmic government calculator, a corporal willing to put him- or herself in harm’s way to defend an ideal gets paid $24,000 plus room and board.
A top Democrat said an active duty military pay raise of 2.1 percent could compromise much needed readiness.
A new bill, introduced by Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.) would ban smoking in and near all federal buildings, closing a loophole that exempted many federal buildings from a 2008 directive banning smoking. Previous anti-smoking directives applied only to buildings under GSA’s custody.