DoD on the Hill

Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act

A bill introduced by Representatives Don Byer (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) to provide for the compensation of Federal employees furloughed during a Government shutdown. In a press release posted on Don Beyers website, “Shutting down the federal government threatens the livelihood of federal workers who carry out the nation’s vital missions,” said Rep. Beyer. [...]

Vice Chairman Makes Case for Congress to Pass Defense Budget

In an article by Jim Garamone for the DoD News, Defense Media Activity, posted April 13, 2017, Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at an Air Force Association breakfast in Arlington, VA, about his desire for Congress’ approval of the proposed Defense Department budget. Read the [...]

By |2019-05-06T16:26:34-04:00April 17th, 2017|Defense Financial Highlights, DoD on the Hill, News|0 Comments

Military Warns Congress Against Punting on Spending

According to an article published on's Defense Drumbeat, by Jeremy Herb, CNN, cuts, cancellations, shut downs, and unpaid bonuses are just some of the consequences the military services warn Congress about. Read the Defense Drumbeat article from, Committee on Armed Services HERE Read the full article by Jeremy Herb, CNN HERE

House Armed Services Committee Hearing: April 3-7

House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) released the schedule featuring four events for the week of April 3-7. Click HERE to read the full schedule.  Click HERE to read Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee's opening remarks. Click HERE to watch the video.  Click HERE to read Rep. [...]

By |2019-05-06T16:26:35-04:00April 5th, 2017|Defense Financial Highlights, DoD on the Hill, News|0 Comments

From Congressional Budget Office: Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2017 to 2026

CBO periodically issues a volume of options—this year’s (2016) installment presents 115—that would decrease federal spending or increase federal revenues over the next decade. The Congress faces an array of policy choices as it confronts the challenges posed by the amount of federal debt held by the public—which has more than doubled relative to the [...]

By |2019-05-06T16:26:36-04:00February 17th, 2017|Defense Financial Highlights, DoD on the Hill, News|0 Comments

Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Hiring Freeze

22 January 2017 On 22 January 2017, President Trump issued a memorandum establishing a federal hiring freeze. As part of the freeze, no vacant positions existing will be filled, and no new positions may be created, except in limited circumstances. This order does not include or apply to military personnel. Read the full Memorandum for [...]

By |2019-05-06T16:26:37-04:00January 22nd, 2017|Defense Financial Highlights, DoD on the Hill, News|0 Comments

Congress extends the FY2017 CR until April 28, 2017

Final action on the 11 remaining FY2017 appropriations bills must wait until the new Congress and the new administration take office in January. With the Dec 9 expiration date for the current continuing resolution (CR) looming, the House voted (326-96) and the Senate went along (63-36) to approve an extension of the CR (H.R. 2028) [...]

Congress approves compromise FY2017 Defense Authorization bill

The Senate passed the final FY2017 Defense Authorization bill yesterday with broad bipartisan support, 92-7.  The bill, which had been worked out by House and Senate committee negotiators, overwhelmingly passed the House (375-34) last week. The bill authorizes force levels, programs, and policies (including military pay raises) for Department of Defense (DoD) budgets and the [...]

Carter urges Congress to avoid long-term CR for FY2017

With Congress appearing ready to consider a long-term continuing resolution (CR) well into next year (possibly until May 2017), Secretary of Defense Ash Carter warned of the detrimental effects on U.S. national security of such action. In a letter to congressional leaders, Carter called the prospect of operating under a CR for nearly two-thirds of [...]

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