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CBP Chief David Aguilar Retiring

David Aguilar, head of Customs and Border Protection, will retire at the end of March after a three-year term as the agency’s acting chief and a 31-year career with U.S. border agencies. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano did not name a successor in announcing Aguilar’s retirement, Government Security News reports. …

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OMB Finds Many Agencies Missing 30% Energy Reduction Goal

The Defense Department will likely miss a federal mandate to cut 30 percent of energy use at its facilities by 2015, according to Office of Management and Budget estimates. Federal Times reports OMB found the Pentagon is one of several departments that are falling short of energy efficiency and sustainability …

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Martin Dempsey: Pentagon Taking $52B Hit From Sequestration, CR

The Defense Department is absorbing a $52 billion cut due to effects from both sequestration and a short-term continuing resolution, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey made the comment during a joint interview with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on NBC’s “Meet the …

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Ashton Carter: Sequestration Becoming More Likely To Occur

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter it is looking more likely that $45 billion in automatic defense cuts under sequestration will kick in March 1, he told Bloomberg News. The Defense Department‘s first step to prepare for the cuts is to let go of all or some of the department’s 46,000 …

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David Helvey Named Defense Deputy Asst Secretary For East Asia

The Defense Department has appointed David Helvey to serve as deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for policy. Helvey previously served in that position on an acting basis, the Pentagon said Monday. He has also served as principal director …

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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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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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