Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress Wednesday he believes civilian workforce reductions need to be part of the Pentagon’s strategy to deal with tightening budgets. Carter said the workforce has grown in some understandable ways over the past decade, but there are some areas that ought to shrink. Federal News Radio’s DoD Reporter Jared Serbu has the story.
The Federal Headlines is a daily compilation of the stories you hear discussed on Federal News Radio each day. It is designed to give FederalNewsRadio.com readers more information about the stories heard on the radio. In today’s news, the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive announces he’s stepping down and a multiple launch rocket system battalion is heading to South Korea.
By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter is considering easing some military enlistment standards as part of a broader set of initiatives to better attract and keep quality service…
Secretary of the Army John McHugh notified President Barack Obama that he planned to step down no later than Nov. 1.
The White House has vowed to destroy ISIS. Defense Secretary Ash Carter echoed that vow and recently unveiled a new military strategy designed to do just that. Carter testified before the House Armed Services Committee, and said U.S. forces will not let up until they’ve eliminated the terrorist army. Retired Lt. Gen. Dave Barno is a distinguished practitioner-in-residence at American University. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to assess Carter’s strategy.
The Defense Department wants to change some of its personnel policies for the first time in decades. Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Brad Carson is working on series of recommendations as part of the Pentagon’s Force of the Future initiative. Those recommendations are due to Defense Secretary Ash Carter by Aug. 19. Ron Sanders is the vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton and former chief human capital officer for the Office of the Director for National Intelligence. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about a war gaming exercise he participated in and what the future of the defense workforce might look like.
The National Intelligence Director said he’s working through the fiscal 2017 budget request to limit or reverse the impacts of budget uncertainty on the IC workforce.
A draft version of Ashton Carter’s Force of the Future initiative seeks to transition Defense civilians out of existing civil service rules and create the underpinnings of a more “flexible” system.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he will invest in cyber, space and nuclear deterrence portfolios when creating the Air Force’s fiscal year 2017 budget.
In today’s news, federal employees can begin signing up for the self-plus one option in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program when the annual open season starts Nov. 9, Defense Secretary Ash Carter isn’t planning for sequestration as he works with the military services for the 2017 budget planning cycle, and four senators have repeated their call for President Barack Obama to name a permanent inspector general at the Veterans Affairs Department.