The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act cuts funding for several software programs the panel sees as underperforming, and implements what congressional officials say are corrective measures to DoD’s IT buying habits.
House and Senate committees are looking to permanently fix a program for military widows by hiking prescription fees for TRICARE beneficiaries.
DoD is rethinking its transgender policy, which was supposed to take effect on July 1. The department is also reviewing a program to allow expedited citizenship for immigrants.
Congress wants the Veterans Affairs Department to expand acquisition internship program and start using the same requirements to report cost savings from procurement activities. Lawmakers see these pieces of legislation as easy bills, but VA has its objections.
The House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment recognizing climate change as a threat to national security. The amendment tells the defense secretary to take steps to address it.
The Senate defense authorization bill increases the Army’s active duty end strength by 5,000. It also creates a policy for responding to cyber attacks.
The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday to carve out the Air Force’s current space missions and turn them over to a new U.S. Space Corps. But several members objected, saying the full committee has never even held a hearing on the issue.
The House defense authorization bill brought up some important issues for those in the military and their loved ones. Find out what could affect you in the coming year.
The Recognizing the Environmental Gains in Overcoming Negligence (REGION) Act would prohibit using money set aside in appropriations bills to consolidate or eliminate EPA offices.
The House Armed Services Committee is set to begin its annual marathon session marking up the Defense authorization bill today. The initial draft includes more than 60 provisions dealing with acquisition, including one telling DoD to buy commercial products from online “marketplaces” like Amazon.
The Senate Armed Services Committee and its subcommittees are marking up the defense authorization bill in a completely classified setting.
The Senate is in a large debate over its health care insurance bill unveiled Friday, June 23. It’s an important debate, according to David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call. He joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the upcoming week on the Hill and the likelihood the bill will pass as quickly as majority leader Mitch McConnell wants.
Since 2010, the Improper Payment Elimination Reporting Act has required inspectors general to tell whether their agencies are doing what they’re supposed to in order to reduce debt by error. But the Government Accountability Office has found a few flaws in the IG reports. Beryl Davis, director of financial management and assurance at GAO, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to elaborate.
Former Homeland Security CHCO Jeff Neal agrees that improving morale at DHS is a good idea. He just wonders if Congress is taking the right approach.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry said he wouldn’t back down from the $640 billion defense top-line in the NDAA unless a multi-year budget deal could be reached. But then he backed down from the $640 billion top-line.