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    Defense takes aim at contractor business systems

    Defense takes aim at contractor business systems
    The Defense Department is getting tough on contractors that fail to maintain adequate controls against waste, fraud and abuse. In a draft rule posted Friday in the Federal Register, Defense proposed allowing contracting officers to withhold payments from companies with certain deficiencies in their business systems. A clause would be added to contracts requiring firms to certify that they have no ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Obama Signs 3.4 Percent Raise For Military

    Obama Signs 3.4 Percent Raise For Military
    President Obama signed into law on Monday a 3.4 percent pay raise for service members in 2010, while federal employee unions said they would push for parity between civilian and military pay in 2011. The military pay raise, included in the fiscal 2010 Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 3326), was 0.5 percent higher than the 2.9 percent raise Obama requested in his ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Gov't Outlines Plan for Contractor Performance Database

    The government is developing a comprehensive database that will track the performance of federal contractors, according to a proposed rule published Thursday in the Federal Register. Click here to read the proposed rule The Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, which the General Services Administration will maintain, will integrate a handful of existing databases with new information provided by contracting ...
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    End of NSPS, FERS Flu, And More From The Defense Authorization Bill

    President Obama signed the Defense Authorization bill on Wednesday, which means many federal employees will see changes in their pay & benefits. On this week's Your Turn, Mike Causey spoke with Jessica Klement of the Federal Managers Association, who broke down some of the more significant aspects of the bill. Listen to the audio at FederalNewsRadio "[It] will credit FERS employees ...
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    WH Postponing Hard Calls on War

    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is holding off major decisions that could put its military forces on a firmer war footing in Afghanistan even as doubts grow about whether the United States can win there. Many military and diplomatic leaders have urged President Barack Obama to send thousands more Marines, Soldiers and pilots to try to reverse Afghanistan's crumbling security situation. ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Virginia County Looking to Attract Defense Contractors

    Virginia County Looking to Attract Defense Contractors
    QUANTICO, Va. - Prince William County is looking to attract more defense-related businesses to the areas around nearby military bases. "We're starting to see quite a lot of interest in and around Quantico Marine Corps Base and in the northern part of Route 1, close to Fort Belvoir," says Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart. The county ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Military 'Mentor' Pay a Main Factor in Review of Program

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates' decision announced Wednesday to order a review of the Pentagon's payments to retired senior officers for their advice was prompted in part by how much these "mentors" get paid. A USA TODAY review found: • The Navy pays its mentors an average of about $330 per hour, including expenses, according to its budget. • The ...
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    Poll: Americans Have Lackluster View of Government

    Poll: Americans Have Lackluster View of Government
    Most Americans have a neutral to negative opinion of federal agencies, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. The poll, conducted during the summer, asked more than 40,000 Americans to rate their individual experience with federal agencies to understand the public's overall perception of government. Nearly half (46 percent) viewed agencies neutrally, while 34 percent reported negative opinions and 20 ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Withdrawal of TSA nominee raises concern about agency workforce

    Withdrawal of TSA nominee raises concern about agency workforce
    The lack of permanent leadership at the Transportation Security Administration is delaying action on several agency personnel issues, union leaders and other observers said on Wednesday. "TSA has a number of issues that continue to contribute to its high attrition rate and low workforce morale," said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, in a statement. "Many of these ...
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    With U.S. Forces in Iraq Beginning to Leave, Need for Private Guards Grows

    With U.S. Forces in Iraq Beginning to Leave, Need for Private Guards Grows
    As the United States withdraws its combat forces from Iraq, the government is hiring more private guards to protect U.S. installations at a cost that could near $1 billion, according to the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. On Sept. 1, the Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) awarded contracts expected to be worth $485 million over the next two years to five firms ...
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    Pay and Benefits Watch - Family Matters

    Pay and Benefits Watch - Family Matters
    President Obama's executive order expanding job opportunities for veterans in federal agencies made headlines last week. He also marked Veterans Day by signing into law a bill that makes it easier for the families of service members to navigate the complicated landscape of rules governing their benefits during reassignments. The 2009 Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (S. 475) allows the husbands ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    McChrystal Comments Bring WH Rebuke

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's national security adviser, retired Gen. James Jones, says decisions on how best to stabilize Afghanistan and beat back the insurgency must extend beyond the issue of troop levels to improved governance and how best to foster economic development. The debate over sending up to 40,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan is just one element that ...
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    New Cyber Hiring Authority at DHS

    New Cyber Hiring Authority at DHS
    The Senate was moving closer to passage of the $636.3 billion fiscal 2010 Defense Appropriations bill Thursday night, although a long list of amendments awaiting consideration and votes will push a final vote on the measure to Tuesday at the earliest. During floor debate, the chamber approved an amendment offered by Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., that requires the Missile Defense Agency ...
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    House votes to exempt TRICARE from health reform bill

    House lawmakers over the weekend voted to protect TRICARE and Defense non-appropriated fund health care beneficiaries from unintended consequences of national health reform. The exemption (H.R. 4887) applies to the health care coverage provided by the Defense Department to military service members, retirees and their families. It clarifies the tax code to stipulate that coverage provided by Defense is treated as ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Congress Extends Benefits to Military Spouses

    Congress Extends Benefits to Military Spouses
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama a bill that allows military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their wives or husbands. Under current law, service members can choose to keep their original residency as they relocate. [widget:militarycom_call_out] Spouses who lobbied for the change said having that same right would prevent hassles associated with every ...
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    Obama Again Pledges to Change Policy on Gays

    Obama Again Pledges to Change Policy on Gays
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama restated his campaign pledge to allow homosexual men and women to serve openly in the military, but many in his audience of gay activists were left wondering when he would make good on the promise. "I will end 'don't ask-don't tell,'" Obama said Saturday night to a standing ovation from the crowd of about 3,000 ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Even With Check in Hand, GI Benefits Elusive

    Even With Check in Hand, GI Benefits Elusive
    The Department of Veterans Affairs' problems with the Post-9/11 GI Bill's benefits seem to linger, no matter what the government does. Tens of thousands of veterans, active-duty servicemembers and their dependents have been waiting for promised higher-education benefits from VA since fall classes began last month. The agency attempted to address the backlog by granting $3,000 in emergency checks, but that ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Back From Combat, Women Struggle For Acceptance

    Back From Combat, Women Struggle For Acceptance
    This report is the first in a three-part series. WASHINGTON (AP) - Nobody wants to buy them a beer. Even near military bases, female veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan aren't often offered a drink on the house as a welcome home. More than 230,000 American women have fought in those recent wars and at least 120 have died doing ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    From Uniforms to Cybersecurity, Report Details Defense Dept. Activities

    From Uniforms to Cybersecurity, Report Details Defense Dept. Activities
    If you want to get a sense of the broad range of Defense Department activities, there's no better reading than the 638-page House-Senate conferee report on the fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill released last week. You could start with apparel. Each service has its camouflage uniforms, which are different even within services. What to do? The House wants to standardize uniforms ...
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    Army Captain Pleads Guilty to Stealing $690,000

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Army captain from Oregon pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he stole nearly $700,000 from the U.S. government while serving in Iraq. U.S. District Court Judge Ancer Haggerty set sentencing for March 1 after Capt. Michael Dung Nguyen entered guilty pleas to theft and money-laundering charges. The maximum sentence for each offense is 10 years in ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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