The Defense Department started to move this week into the implementation phase of the new military retirement system Congress ordered it to set up just over a year ago, including through an exhaustive education campaign designed to make sure service members understand how the new system works.
The Pentagon said Tuesday that it expects to reach final decisions by July on each of the more than 17,000 cases in which soldiers were paid large bonuses to re-enlist during the heights of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan only to be told years later that they must give the money back.
Given enough attention and commitment from the Pentagon’s top leadership, the next administration ought to be able to implement enough business reforms to wring billions of dollars a year out of the Defense Department’s budget, said Robert Hale, who managed DoD’s finances for five years from 2009-2014.
The annual Defense authorization bill Congress sent to President Obama’s desk on Thursday will dramatically increase the role of the Pentagon’s youngest combat support agency.
The Pentagon said Wednesday that it expects to permanently stop collection procedures for the vast majority of National Guard soldiers who, according to various audits, got bonuses they weren’t technically entitled to between 2004 and 2011.
What agency has the most employees? Which feds get paid the most? Federal News Radio looks at the latest data from the Office of Personnel Management.
What happens when you ask a simple question about federal benefits? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you usually get a very long, complicated answer qualified by “it depends.”
TRICARE contract protests are now so inevitable that a company might want to file one even if they’re one of the winners.
In today’s Top Federal headlines, new rules help gov’t hire more small business subcontractors, and GAO warns DoD and the VA don’t have a solid plan for e-record interoperability.
Want to know what the neighborhood millionaire looks like in the morning? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says look in your bathroom mirror for a clue.
Four training regimens between now and 2018 are meant to communicate the impacts of the new retirement system at all levels of the military.
If you work for Uncle Sam, up to half of your retirement income will come from your investments. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says playing it too safe could make you sorry.
Presidential election years can be times of maximum danger for federal workers and retirees. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says this could be the wildest summer and fall yet.
Congressional staff salaries are significantly lower than five years ago. In a letter to House and Senate leaders, five experts urge Congress to reverse that trend. Lee Drutman, senior fellow in the program on political reform at the New America Foundation, and one of the signatories, talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about why experience matters on Capitol Hill.
The House Budget Committee wants to cut non-Defense spending over the next 10 years even lower than what’s called for under sequestration. It’s calling for a 10 percent reduction in the civilian workforce through attrition.