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CRS: Shutdown Could Hit Military Training, Contractor Pay

The U.S. Congressional Research Service says the ongoing federal government shutdown could disrupt military training programs and delay contracting activities, Defense One reported Wednesday. Charles Clark writes CRS analysts predict that although the government may continue to sign contracts, it may not be able to disburse payments to contractors due to a …

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Ash Carter to Leave Pentagon in December

Ash Carter, deputy defense secretary, will step down from his position after four years at the Pentagon Dec. 4, including the past two years in his current role. He led the Pentagon’s most recent Strategic Choices and Management Review and worked to lead the military through budget uncertainties, Secretary Chuck …

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Report: Fed, Treasury Start on Default Contingency Plans

The Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Treasury have started working to develop a contingency plan in case the government fails to extend the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt ceiling by Oct. 17, Reuters reported Thursday. Tim Reid and Jonathan Spicer write officials are evaluating options on how to handle the potential impact of …

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Report: Civilian Intell Workers Return to Work

The Central Intelligence Agency has started calling back civilian employees furloughed amid the government shutdown as the agency looks to fulfill its core operations, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. John Walcott writes CIA Director John Brennan told employees in an email only workers responsible for the agency’s foreign intelligence collection, analysis, covert …

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Shutdown Could Force NNSA to Close Sandia, Los Alamos National Labs

The National Nuclear Security Administration is preparing to cease operations at New Mexico-based Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories should the government shutdown continue to Oct. 21, ABQJournal reported Wednesday. James Monteleone writes the NNSA’s plan could ultimately lead to nearly 18,000 furloughs in the New Mexico labs. “If a …

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Federal CFO Survey Outlines, Budget, Technology, Workforce Concerns

A survey by the Association of Government Accountants has found that spending cuts, outdated financial systems and workforce reductions are among the top concerns of government financial executives, Information Week reported Wednesday. Elena Malykhina writes AGA and Grant Thornton LLP worked together to interview more than 100 federal chief financial officers and …

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Eric Shinseki: VBA Shutdown Furloughs Could Exceed 17K

The Veterans Benefits Administration could furlough more than 10,000 employees if it runs out of money from its mandatory spending accounts, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jared Serbu writes these furloughs would come on top of the agency already having to send 7,800 workers home because of the government shutdown. “At that …

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Alison Macfarlane: NRC to Close Doors Thursday

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has run out of funds to continue operations and will be forced to close down Thursday until it receives a new appropriations measure. Ninety percent of the NRC’s budget comes from collected fees that must be deposited in the U.S. Treasury and Congress must pass a …

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Pentagon Accounting Office: Troops Will Get Oct 15 Paycheck

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service says all military service members will receive their salaries and allowances for the current pay period by Oct. 15, Military Times reported Tuesday. Andrew Tilghman writes DFAS started processing the mid-month payroll as the Pentagon works to interpret a federal law that guarantees military …

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