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The Hill: Trump Administration Targets $10T in Federal Spending Cuts

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is planning for a $10.5 trillion cut in federal government budget over 10 years in a bid to reduce federal bureaucracy, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday. Alexander Bolton writes that transition officials Russ Vought and John Gray met with White House career staff to discuss the incoming administration’s plans …

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Patrick Murphy Speaks at Army War College Forum

Patrick Murphy, undersecretary and acting secretary of the U.S. Army, discussed the service branch’s priorities with a group of students, staff and faculty members at the Army War College in Pennsylvania during a forum held May 6 in the school’s Bliss Hall auditorium. He told his audience that commissioned Army officers face a new …

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Gen. Joseph Dunford: DoD’s Fiscal 2017 Budget Offers Path Forward on Readiness, Tech Programs

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said the Defense Department‘s $582.7 billion budget plan seeks to balance military investments to build high-end technologies, operational capacity and readiness, DoD News reported Thursday. Jim Garamone writes Dunford told the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee Thursday that sequestration has forced DoD to …

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Report: Army Eyes Force Reduction in Next 2 Years

The U.S. Army is looking to reduce the number of its active service members by about 40,000 and the number of civilian workers by 17,000 over the next two fiscal years, USA Today reported Tuesday. Tom Vanden Brook writes an internal military document obtained by USA Today says budgetary issues …

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Alan Shaffer: Funding Cuts Undermine Pentagon’s Tech R&D Efforts

The Defense Department‘s research and development officials told a House Armed Services subcommittee Thursday the possible return of sequestration in fiscal 2016 will hurt military innovation, Defense News reported Thursday. Andrew Clevenger reports Alan Shaffer, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, told the subcommittee that half …

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Report: Funding Proposals in Congress Hit Lowest Mark in 8 Years

The National Taxpayers Union has found that the number of spending bills proposed during the first session of the 113th Congress reached an eight-year low, The Washington Times reported Wednesday. Jennifer Harper writes the organization released a “Bill Tally” report showing that House lawmakers have drafted 496 funding bills and …

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John Koskinen: IRS IT System Updates to Cost $500M

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen said updates to the agency’s “antiquated” information technology system will need a budget of between $400 million and $500 million, Nextgov reported Friday. “I fondly refer to our IT system as a Model T with a very nice GPS system and a sound system and a …

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Frank Kendall: Workforce Training Critical to Defense Acquisition Reform

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s acquisitions chief, said the Defense Department should strive to continuously improve its acquisition system, especially in light of budget uncertainties and an evolving threat landscape, the American Forces Press Service reported Friday. According to the defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, sequestration has done little …

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