This week, the Senate confirmed a new deputy secretary of Defense, four more prospective DoD officials underwent their confirmation hearings, and the White House settled on candidates for two more Pentagon political appointees. But 30 of the department’s political jobs still have no nominees.
The new commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service endorses a controversial House proposal that would enlist online commercial marketplaces like Amazon to let the government buy commercial goods.
The top two members of the Senate Armed Services Committee are floating a proposal that would finally allow another round of military base closures several years from now. Here’s how it would work.
The government abandoned its current plan to replace the FBI’s Pennsylvania Avenue headquarters, leaving employees in the deteriorating J. Edgar Hoover Building for the foreseeable future.
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.
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 GOP-controlled Congress has seized the lead on one of President Donald Trump’s key campaign promises, pressing for tens of billions of dollars more for active-duty troops, combat aircraft, and ships that he didn’t request
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May 1, 2017
At the confirmation hearing for Patrick Shanahan, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman admonished the nominee for deputy Defense secretary to resubmit his written answers with more detail, saying that the Senate will not serve as a “rubber stamp” for Defense nominees.
The Senate has confirmed six officials to serve in Pentagon leadership positions within the past month. But for 35 of DoD’s 53 politically-appointed jobs, there still is no nominee.
The Pentagon’s new comptroller says the department will meet it statutory deadline to become “audit ready” by the start of Fiscal 2018. But there’s little chance DoD will pass an audit in its first year.
Defending his department’s $52 billion budget increase for the first time on Capitol Hill this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis ran into heavy skepticism from the committee members who might normally be his most natural allies for a Pentagon plus-up.
Bipartisan legislation would require DoD to disclose cyber operations, capabilities to Congress. Advocates say it brings notification requirements in line with what’s required for more traditional military operations.
One way Congress might improve is if it upgraded the way in which it communicates to the public. Congressional agencies like the Government Accountability Office and the Government Publishing Office have made tangible modernizing strides in recent years.