Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Obama administration’s final Pentagon budget represents a turning point; high-end technologies will get more attention.
DoD’s 2017 budget includes few changes to pay and benefits, but DoD facilities and procurement take a major hit. The proposal includes an $8.1 billion reduction to acquisition programs, a $1 billion cut to new construction and severe underfunding of base maintenance.
The Veterans Affairs Department is asking for a 5 percent boost in across-the-board funding next fiscal year. But Congress is questioning whether new VA programs are doing enough to solve an array of tough problems at the department.
In an era of military downsizing, the Air Force is one of the few parts of DoD that’s already received funding to grow over the next year. Yet officials say they’re still struggling to achieve the end strength they need and may have to ask Congress for additional money to add more uniformed airmen.
Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson said the department will ask Congress this year for permission to authorize the Joint Requirements Council and other task forces, to ensure that its “Unity of Effort” work carries on to the next administration.
The Air Force had previously predicted it would be fully ready for high-end conflict by 2025. That date keeps slipping because its pilots and planes are busy in the Middle East.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said federal employees wouldn’t worry so much about changing locality pay, if Congress passed higher, across the board pay raises overall. He called for a 5.3 percent bump in pay next year, well over the 1.6 percent raise President Barack Obama proposed in his 2017 budget request.
Three proposals hiding in the fiscal 2017 budget plan House Republicans submitted last week could potentially impact federal employees’ pay and retirement benefits in the future.
Federal News Radio reporters Meredith Somers and Nicole Ogrysko join host Mike Causey on this week’s Your Turn to discuss changes in commuter benefits and how the 2017 GOP budget proposal would affect feds. March 30, 2016
BirchGrove Consulting president Ray Bjorklund joins host Roger Waldron to discuss the President’s proposed 2017 budget and what it means for contract addressable spending. May 17, 2016