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Kathleen Hicks: No Decision Made On Pentagon Civilian Furloughs

The Defense Department has not made any decisions regarding furloughs of civilian employees as a response to budget cuts under sequestration, the Pentagon’s lead policy official has said. GovExec reports Kathleen Hicks, principal deputy undersecretary for policy, said in an internal memo that the department could decide to notify Congress whether …

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ExecutiveGov Extends EM’s GovCon Coverage ‘Mosaic’ To Public Sector

Executive Mosaic’s portfolio of websites cover every facet of government contracting in the private sector from the executive’s point of view, ranging from executive movements to business activity. EM’s approach extends to covering the customer, as ExecutiveGov fulfills the same mission for the public sector by covering the business of …

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46K Pentagon Workers Facing Layoffs

The Defense Department is laying off many of its 46,000 temporary and contract workers in an attempt to manage automatic budget cuts under sequestration, Reuters reports. Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter told Reuters the department could also furlough most of its 800,000 full-time civilian employees, who would take day of unpaid …

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OMB Directs Agencies to Start Furlough Preparations

The Office of Management and Budget has directed agencies to start planning for several types of personnel actions, including furloughs and hiring freezes, if cuts under sequestration start on March 1. Federal Times reports Jeff Zients, acting OMB director, said in a memo that hundreds of thousands of federal employees …

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New Sen. Deb Fischer Hints at Push to Avoid Defense Cuts

Deb Fischer, a newly-elected Republican senator from Nebraska, hinted Saturday that Republican lawmakers would push to nullify all defense budget cuts under sequestration. Federal Times reports she said lawmakers should instead focus cuts on domestic programs including entitlements. During the Republicans’ weekly radio address, Fischer said Social Security, Medicare and …

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Michael Donley: AF Service Members Watching Congress

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Gen. Mark Welsh, the branch’s chief of staff, highlighted the uncertain budget environment facing the branch during a press conference Thursday. According to American Forces Press Service, Donley told reporters the branch’s service members are watching how Congress is handling issues surrounding the fiscal …

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CBO: Deficit to Go Up $4T Under Fiscal Cliff Tax Deal

Under current law as it stands, the Congressional Budget Office is estimating the tax deal passed by Congress to avert the fiscal cliff will add $3.9 trillion to the deficit over the next decade, The Hill newspaper reports. Peter Schroeder writes $3.6 trillion of that figure results from lower rates …

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