Defense

Former watchdog has ideas on dealing with poorly performing IGs

The former acting Pentagon inspector general asks, “Who is watching the watchdogs?” Proposed solutions include possibly imposing term limits on IGs, making it mandatory that presidents specify reasons for their removal and others.

Text messages are federal records and must be saved, DOD orders

After news that Jan. 6 insurrection-related texts were wiped from former Pentagon officials’ phones, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks ordered data on department devices must be retained. 

A top Senate Democrat asks Defense watchdog to investigate more missing Jan. 6 texts

“I don’t know whether the failure to preserve these critical government texts from Jan. 6 is the result of bad faith, stunning incompetence, or outdated records management policies, but we must get to the bottom of it,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

DOD will continue to conduct reproductive health procedures

Jacqueline Feldscher joins our partner site's podcast to discuss how the Pentagon is treating the Dobbs decision and abortion at its facilities.

Abortions, to a limited degree, will continue on DOD bases

“There will be no interruption to this care,” the Pentagon said in a memo.

9/11: Fed unions, orgs remember ...

On Sept. 11, 2001, the nation and the world awoke to the horror of the United States under attack. In the ensuing days, as rescue efforts turned to recovery missions, the country counted nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks that day, many in the employ of the U.S. government. Now, 20 years later, feds—and their federal employee union and military advocacy org leaders—remember the fallen and honor the tremendous work of rescue, recovery, tough service abroad and long-term security travails that followed.

Afghanistan: "Do everything possible"

The State Department's leading employee organization, reacting to the imminent end of the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan, pressed the Biden administration to secure all Americans and to "do everything possible" to assist those wanting to exit that country, and also to "bring as many Afghans to safety as humanly possible."

Ida: Feds lead massive effort

Many federal agencies, led by FEMA, and DOD, hurried to coordinate and manage emergency response to Hurricane and later Tropical Storm Ida, which initially left over 1 million without power in Louisiana and the Gulf states and went on to cause increasing death and property damage as it crossed the Northeast.

Kabul: U.S., Afghan allies face daunting departure

As the U.S. / NATO mission in Afghanistan ends, reports foretell a difficult time ahead for U.S. nationals—including feds, contractors and others who need to leave—as they try to get safely out of the country.

Fed workforce sees ups, downs in budget proposal

While federal employment would shrink under President Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal, some agencies would get an increase in the number of employees.

2017 BRAC gets a range of reactions

The idea of another another round of base realignment and closures in 2017 stirs a range of reactions from lawmakers.

More military families using food stamps

More military families are using food stamps at Defense Department grocery stores, with use increasing more than 300 percent since 2007.

Senate easily passes 2014 NDAA

The 2014 National Defense Authorization Act cleared the Senate Thursday on a 80-15 vote.

President calls for federal pay increase

President Obama last week called for a 1 percent pay increase in 2014 for federal civilian employees covered by the General Schedule and certain other pay systems.

Feds press Congress on impact of sequester

The Senate Budget Committee on July 26 held a hearing about the impact sequestration is having on Defense Department expenditures, the economy and Defense preparedness, listening to testimony from feds and agency officials.

Union reacts to House move to stop furloughs

A major union representing tens of thousands of Department of Defense workers is registering its approval of Congress’s decision to put a stop to civilian employee furloughs at the agency.

DFAS furloughs: No payroll delays expected

Despite mandatory furlough days for employees at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the paychecks of its payroll customers will not be affected and will go out on time.