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No decisions yet on cutting furlough days

Posted August 2, 2013 by

WASHINGTON — Despite media reports that say Defense Department civilians may face up to five fewer furlough days, “no decisions have been made at this time,” a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. More than 640,000 civilian employees are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said. These unpaid days…

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MWR officials urge furloughed civilians to tap programs

Posted August 2, 2013 by defense.gov

With furloughs now in full swing and many Defense Department civilian employees finding themselves with more time on their hands but less money in their pockets, morale, welfare and recreation officials are encouraging them to check out some of the programs offered right where they work.

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White House launches SAVE Awards for cost-paring ideas

Posted August 2, 2013 by

WASHINGTON – Federal employees can submit their cost-cutting ideas through the White House’s annual SAVE Awards campaign that kicked-off Wednesday, administration officials said. SAVE stands for Securing Americans Value and Efficiency. The campaign, which runs through Aug. 9, stems from President Barack Obama’s belief that federal employees are best poised to generate effective and efficient…

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Commissaries offer ‘Back to School’ savings

Posted July 26, 2013 by Courtesy of DeCA

FORT LEE, Va. — Commissaries are offering significant savings on back-to-school products to help children in the classroom. “Your commissary is the very best choice to get food products for your children’s healthy breakfasts; easy-to-prepare, healthy pack lunches; after-school snacks and other school-related items,” said Michelle Frost, the Defense Commissary Agency’s chief of promotions and…

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Admiral warns of potentially devastating cutbacks

Posted July 12, 2013 by

WASHINGTON — Budget cuts and spending restrictions are forcing defense leaders into measures that are “basically hollowing out the force through sequestration,” the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said today. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s letter sent to Congress yesterday is “an accurate description of what’s happening to the force at-large,” Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear…

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SecDef details ‘Plan B’ should sequestration continue

Posted July 12, 2013 by af.mil

WASHINGTON — If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, the Defense Department will be forced to consider involuntary reductions-in-force for the civilian workforce, draconian cuts to military personnel accounts and a virtual halt to military modernization, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Senate leaders Thursday. The senators had requested detailed information on…

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Defense Logistics Agency injects revenue into small businesses

Posted July 3, 2013 by

When small businesses struggle to navigate the world of government contracts or a government buyer seeks out responsible vendors, the Defense Logistics Agency and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers work to bring the parties together. Funded through cooperative agreements with DLA, the PTACs have a local presence in 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and…

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B-52s to receive communications upgrade

Posted July 3, 2013 by Mike W. Ray

Installation of a communications system upgrade earmarked for the venerable U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleet is scheduled to start at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., in July. The Combat Network Communications Technology system will enable aircrews to send and receive information via satellite links, allowing them to change mission plans and retarget weapons while…

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Centcom undertakes massive logistical drawdown

Posted July 3, 2013 by Donna Miles

Two years ago, as commander of U.S. Forces-Iraq, Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III was marching against a strict Dec. 31, 2011 deadline to complete the largest logistical drawdown since World War II.

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Luke AFB civilian furloughs begin next month

Posted June 28, 2013 by 2nd Lt. CANDICE DILLITTE

Federal budget cuts have hit home for Luke Air Force Base as hundreds of civilian employees will face furloughs beginning next month. Starting July 8, approximately 702 employees at Luke will be furloughed two days per pay period, for a total of 11 days through the end of September. This unpaid time off will cut…

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