Chuck Hagel: Pentagon to Give Congress Reprogramming Request

Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has told a House subcommittee the Pentagon will submit a programming request to Congress, seeking authority to move money across accounts and aiming to mitigate some effects of sequestration.

During testimony to the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Hagel said the continuing resolution passed in March helped resolve some problems the Pentagon was facing but not all of them, GovExec reports.

Hagel did not state the specific amount of the request but said it would be limited by ceilings on transfer authority, Kedar Pavgi writes.

Hagel also said the department will have more clarity on the furloughs within two-to-three weeks, according to the report.

Some Pentagon components such as the Navy have reportedly urged the secretary to eliminate the furloughs altogether, Pavgi writes.

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