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Report: 2015 Omnibus Bill Takes on DoD Civilian, Acquisition Staff Hiring

BudgetHouse members are scheduled Thursday to vote on a $1.014 trillion omnibus spending bill that includes a provision to limit the growth of the Defense Department‘s civilian workforce, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Emily Kopp writes the legislation would cut the budget for DoD civilian employees by $660 million and allocate only $83 million for the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund.

Congressional negotiators set aside $2.7 billion for research programs at DoD, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to fight infectious diseases, including Ebola.

The fiscal 2015 budget package also allocates $672 million to fund anti-healthcare fraud initiatives and $199 million in additional funds to track Social Security benefit and disability payments, according to the station.

Kopp reports the Department of Veterans Affairs would get $2.5 billion to bolster efforts to reduce the backlog of veterans disability claims.

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