Former Defense Department Comptroller Bob Hale wants Congress to learn from the past five years of budgetary turmoil. Congress has about 10 work days when it gets back from recess Sept. 8. – with no immediate sign of a budget deal for fiscal 2016.
In lieu of a government shutdown, a continuing resolution can be an improvement opportunity for agency leaders and transition officers.
As agencies enter the final month of the fiscal year, spending is expected to increase significantly, especially through multiple award contracts.
The Secretary of the Air Force and its Chief of Staff say a full year continuing resolution would have a significant impact on the service, particularly by slowing down or halting as many as 50 acquisition programs.
An updated report from the Office of Management and Budget states that agencies face $1.8 billion in governmentwide cuts if sequestration kicks in unless Congress lifts spending caps.
The sequestration cuts that began in 2013 weren’t just detrimental to federal agencies missions — they harmed the economy to boot. That’s according to Ben Bernanke, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, who says even though long-term deficits are a problem, short-term federal spending cuts aren’t the answer. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.
Senate Democrats want to launch bipartisan budget talks now. Wait any longer, they say, and it could be too late to stave off cuts or even a government shutdown.
Gen. Ray Odierno, the departing Army chief, said he’s worried about the service because most U.S. forces are underprepared for some of the circumstances they might face, such as “hybrid” warfare against Russian proxies.
With or without sequestration, the Pentagon has concluded there is not enough money to go around, and if it’s going to continue to perform its most vital national security tasks, some missions will have to be on the chopping block beginning in 2017.
Shutdown talk is coming back to Congress — at least from some leaders like Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The reason though is rather arcane. It’s really about when another budget deal is made to avoid sequestration. Bob Tobias is a professor of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose what he’s hearing from federal managers and workers about a rumored shutdown.
The Defense Department cut 37 billion dollars in seven months during the 2013 sequester. The Pentagon says in some cases, automatic budget cuts cost DOD more money in the long run than they saved. But the Government Accountability Office says the Pentagon could do more to learn from the past so it doesn’t repeat the same mistakes. Johana Ayers is the director of defense capabilities and management issues at GAO. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose, what the Pentagon has done so far, to learn about the impact of sequestration.
Commentary: Strategies, lessons learned won’t be necessary if Congress does what everyone knows is the responsible thing to do.
The administration criticized the House appropriations framework that would implement sequestration funding levels for non-Defense agencies, while using Overseas Contingency Operations funds to pay for base Defense spending.
The Defense Department should get ready for sequestraton’s return in fiscal 2016, the Government Accountability Office warns in a new report.
Republican leaders in the House and Senate passed a compromise bill that seeks significant cuts to agency operating budgets, while boosting Defense spending. Absent from the non-binding plan is mention of an increase in federal employees’ contributions to their retirement plans.