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GAO: DoD should heed the ghost of sequestration past

The Defense Department should document and assess the lessons it learned from deep, sequestration-related budget cuts in fiscal 2013, because those cuts could come back in fiscal 2016, says a May 27 Government Accountability Office report.

Wanted: Training program for Digital Service procurement pros

The federal government wants to know how best to train and develop the contracting workforce that supports government's Digital Service teams. 

Congress begrudgingly hands out more money to finish Denver VA facility after massive overruns

Both chambers of Congress last week passed a bill that would authorize more funds to finish construction on a highly troubled Veterans Affairs Department medical center in Denver.

Report: Federal R&D funding was slashed in fiscal 2013

Federal funding for research and development fell dramatically in fiscal 2013 compared to the previous fiscal year, which includes about $10 billion in cuts to the Defense Department, says the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

Defense Secretary comes out against Republican budget proposal

The head of the Defense Department rebuffed Republican lawmakers' attempt to use Overseas Contingency funding to bolster the DoD budget while still reducing spending for non-defense agencies.

OMB calls for agencies to cut fiscal 2017 budget requests by 5%

Federal agencies will need to trim their fiscal 2017 budget requests by 5 percent compared to their fiscal 2016 proposals, says a May 1 Office of Management and Budget memo. 

OMB issues draft FITARA guidance that significantly broadens power, role of federal CIOs

OMB laid out its plan for implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, which gives CIOs a greater role in IT program governance, personnel processes and improves the transparency into IT investments.

House and Senate agree on budget blueprint; fed workers generally spared

House and Senate Republicans Wednesday night came to an agreement on the budget framework for fiscal 2016, mostly sparing federal workers from workforce reductions and cuts to benefits, but reinstating sequestration cuts for agencies starting in October.

HASC dives into 2016 NDAA, approves a slew of oversight amendments

The House Armed Services Committee began its markup of the bill that will establish funding levels for all defense-related spending in the federal government, adding several amendments intended to oversight via additional reports to Congress.

Democrats say they won't pass appropriations bills that continue sequestration

Senate Democrats are firing warning shots at Republicans saying they won't get behind any appropriations bills that lock in sequestration cuts for fiscal 2016.