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Officials Look for Military Overseas Operations Funding to Boost DoD Budget

Officials from the Congressional Budget Office said the proposed use of the Pentagon’s overseas contingency operations funds to avoid another defense budget cap might disrupt the agency's longer-term budget planning, Federal News Network reported Friday. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said OCO covers 73 percent of budget cap adjustments since 2013 and the 14 percent increase in the funding for the Department of Defense since 2012.

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Senators Pushing Contract Worker Protection Bill Due to Government Shutdown

Sens. Tina Smith, D-Minn., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Mark Warner, D-Va., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., plan to introduce a bill providing for the back pay of contractor employees who have not received salaries due to the government shutdown. The shutdown has reduced the work hours and pay of contractor workers such as janitors, food staff and security personnel in the government, Smith's office said Friday.

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Senators Seek FY 2018 Spending Flexibility for DoD

Seven bipartisan senators have asked the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subpanel to provide the Defense Department with spending flexibility for the remaining months of fiscal year 2018 amid the funding constraints posed by continuing resolutions and budget caps. The lawmakers said in a Monday letter to Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), chairman …

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Senate Bill Would Expand DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program

Senators Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) have introduced a bill that seeks to expand the Defense Department‘s scholarship program for college students pursuing cybersecurity degrees. Kaine’s office said Thursday the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program Act of 2017 would provide $10 million to DoD’s scholarship fund for fiscal year 2018. The bill would …

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Ben Cardin Intros Back Pay Bill for Feds in Case of Government Shutdown

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced a new bill that would give back pay to federal employees when the government reopens after a shutdown, GovExec reported Wednesday. Eric Katz writes the 2015 Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act would pay furloughed employees their regular salary immediately after a government shutdown passes. Employees required to work …

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Congressional Committee Starts 2016 Budget Talks

A House-Senate budget conference committee held its first public meeting Monday at the Capitol to tackle each party’s fiscal 2016 spending priorities, Defense News reported Monday. John Bennett writes that some conferees pushed for the formulation of a blueprint that is similar to the two-year budget resolution developed by Sen. …

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