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Buck McKeon Opposes Sequester Flexibility for Pentagon Officials

House Armed Services Committee Chairman (R-Calif.) opposes a proposal to authorize top Pentagon officials to decide on which programs would be cut due to sequestration, Defense News reported Tuesday. John Bennett writes McKeon’s stance rejects the motions of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev). and Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking …

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Pentagon Calls for Contractors’ EHR Tech Demonstrations

The Defense Department is looking to evaluate existing commercial electronic health record technologies as the agency intends to replace its old EHR systems. An Oct. 1 solicitation calls on interested contractors to demonstrate their off-the-shelf EHR systems the week of Oct. 21 in the Washington region the department’s Health Management System Modernization program. …

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More Than 300K Furloughed Civilian Defense Workers Return to Work

The Defense Department has restored more than 300,000 furloughed civilian employees following the passage of a military pay bill, The Hill newspaper reported Monday. Jeremy Herb and Erik Wasson write only a few of the nearly 750,000 civilian defense workers will stay on furlough and the military’s service members will continue …

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Army to Continue Network Modernization Program

The Defense Department has given the U.S. Army approval to continue a communication modernization program despite the government shutdown and budget cuts, FedScoop reported Monday. Dan Verton writes the Pentagon awarded a a $111 million contract to General Dynamics C4 Systems for the Army’s $6 billion Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program. This follow-on order to General …

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Robert Hale: Pentagon Could Recall 90% of Furloughed Civilians

The Defense Department intends to call back to work nearly 90 percent of the 350,000 civilian employees that were furloughed last week amid the shutdown, Bloomberg reported Sunday. According to the report by William Selway and Gopal Ratnam, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told journalists during a conference call the furloughs affected nearly half of the Pentagon’s …

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Buck McKeon, Mike Turner Want Pentagon Shutdown Furloughs Halted

Reps. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and Mike Turner (R-Ohio) have asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to end furloughs on Defense Department civilian employees, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Colin Clark writes McKeon, House Armed Services Committee chairman, told Hagel in a letter that he could act to retain civilian workers on their …

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US, Indian Military Seek to Further Defense Partnership

The Defense Department is looking to collaborate with the Indian military for initiatives aimed at further developing new defense capabilities for both countries, American Forces Press Service reported Monday. Cheryl Pellerin writes Deputy Secretary Ash Carter introduced to Indian military officials a collaborative defense proposal for a program to jointly …

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Defense Contracts Freeze Amid Government Shutdown

The ongoing U.S. government shutdown has suspended the Defense Department’s contracting activities and nearly all government functions, DoD Buzz reported Monday. Kris Osborn quoted Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban as saying the shutdown puts the awarding of fresh contracts at a halt except for safety, property protection, emergency and medical …

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