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95 Percent of Furloughed Civilians Back at Work, Hale Says

  • October 10, 2013
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More than 95 percent of DOD civilians placed on emergency furlough last week when the government shut down are back to work as a result of the Pay Our Military Act, which allows the department to pay civilian employees who support the armed forces, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee Thursday. About 40,000 workers remain on furlough, with 35,000 of those employees of the Army Corps of Engineers. About 7,000 furloughed employees work on public affairs or legislative affairs …

White House, Republicans Attempt to Broker Deal

  • October 10, 2013
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President Obama and House Republicans did not reach an agreement to reopen the government and extend the nation’s debt ceiling following a White House meeting Thursday evening, but both sides said they would continue discussions into the night. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) came to the White House with an offer that would lift the debt ceiling for six weeks in exchange for an agreement to engage in negotiations on a longer-term budget deal, reported the Hill. The GOP’s proposal, however, did not call for an end to the partial government shutdown …

With Civilians Back, Many Family Support, MWR Programs Are Open

  • October 9, 2013
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Many family support and other quality-of-life programs are open at installations across the United States, following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s recall Saturday of most civilian workers that had been furloughed since the government shutdown began last week. “The government shutdown has affected a wide range of services, but we are doing all we can to maintain our covenant with the military community at the Department of Defense,” said Rosemary Freitas Williams, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy …

Guidance Regarding Contractor Payments during Shutdown Leaves Some Uncertainty

  • October 9, 2013
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Questions as to what activities are “excepted” during the partial government shutdown are addressed in recent guidance issued by the Defense Department and the Office of Management and Budget, but a certain amount of ambiguity remains, according to a new report issued by the Congressional Research Service. “Efforts to distinguish between, on the one hand, those activities that are sufficiently important for national security to warrant continuation during a lapse in appropriations, and, on the other hand, activities that do not directly support national security, involve difficult, and to some degree, arbitrary judgments …

Defense Community ‘Shaken and Fractured’ by Shutdown, Tampa Bay Alliance States

  • October 9, 2013
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The partial government shutdown has delayed or terminated an estimated $9 million in government contracts to Tampa Bay-area businesses and inflicted further financial stress on civilians employed at MacDill Air Force Base, according to the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance. “The compounding impacts of these budget crises here in Tampa Bay are cataclysmic,” Defense Alliance President John Schueler wrote in an Oct. 6 letter to the region’s congressional delegation. “Closures, curtailments and suspension of services all burden and demoralize the people we depend upon to serve and protect us, we should not underestimate the human toll …

Top Republicans Propose Unlinking Obamacare Changes to Fiscal Milestones

  • October 9, 2013
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Two top House Republicans on Wednesday signaled an intention to abandon their effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act as a prerequisite for agreeing to reopen the government and extend the nation’s debt ceiling. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (Wis.) wrote separate editorial columns that urged President Obama to negotiate an increase in the debt limit, primarily through reforms to entitlement programs. Neither column, however, mentioned Obama’s signature health care law as an item of discussion …

Many DOD Activities Limited despite Return of Furloughed Workers

  • October 8, 2013
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This weekend’s decision by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to recall most civilian workers furloughed after the government shut down last week has allowed many activities to resume, but others remain suspended. During a meeting Monday among Hagel, service secretaries and service chiefs, for example, service leaders reported they are curtailing training for later deploying units because of the shutdown, according to a readout of the meeting. Training is an activity that already has been reduced due to sequestration, the officials noted …

House Plan for New Supercommittee Brings Shutdown No Closer to Resolution

  • October 8, 2013
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President Obama and congressional Democrats on Tuesday said they would oppose a House plan to create a bipartisan panel of lawmakers to negotiate a short-term measure to end the partial government shutdown and extend the nation’s debt ceiling, bringing the weeks-long dispute over funding the government into fiscal 2014 no closer to resolution. The plan approved by the House would establish a working group of 10 congressmen, including four Democrats chosen by the chamber’s minority leader, and 10 senators, with four Republicans selected by that chamber’s minority leader …

Recall of Civilian Workers Allows Commissaries to Reopen

  • October 7, 2013
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Military commissaries closed due to the government shutdown resumed normal operations Monday, although it may take up to five days to get the shelves fully stocked, according to the Defense Commissary Agency. Stores normally closed on Mondays will reopen on their next scheduled operating day. Reopening the military grocery stores restores a major benefit for service members and their families, as the discounts on food provide savings approaching 30 percent. On Saturday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that most defense civilians who had been furloughed following the government shutdown can return to work. Read the story in USA Today.

House Not Likely to Take up a CR Free of Obamacare Provisions

  • October 7, 2013
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The lines that separate House Republicans and Senate Democrats over passing a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (CR) remained hardened as the government shutdown completed its first week. President Obama and Democratic lawmakers are still holding out for the House to vote on CR without language unraveling the Affordable Care Act, but as of Monday that aim is no closer to being achieved than at any time since the chamber first passed a stopgap funding bill last month with a provision to defund the law …

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