Department of Defense

After a 16-day government shutdown and just before the U.S. was set to reach its borrowing limit, Congress cleared, and the president signed H.R. 2775, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, a measure to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. The law funds the government through January... Read more
In a time when Congress can agree to very little, cyber security funding appears to be one thing everyone can agree on – especially in defense. The 2014 Defense budget put forward earlier this year allocated $4.7 billion for cyber-operations, up from $3.9 billion in 2013. This is interesting,... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 15, 2013) Word in Washington, D.C., is that a deal is about to be struck that could end the government shutdown now in its 15th day. But National Guardsmen shouldn’t be packing their bags for a weekend drill just yet. Senators are reported to be close to agreeing on... Read more
The Defense Health Agency has released the following information for TRICARE beneficiaries who are wondering how they will be affected by the Affordable Care Act: The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 8, 2013) Most National Guard dual-status technicians are back to work after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Saturday that most Defense Department civilian workers furloughed by the government shutdown could return to work. Hagel said the decision came after... Read more
By Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. Congress and the president have an opportunity over the next two weeks to right a wrong enacted two years ago when they saddled the federal government with sequestration. Sequestration was their clumsy effort to reduce the nation’s deficit through automatic... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 4, 2013) NGAUS supports an effort by a bipartisan group of senators to find a way to pay National Guardsmen during the government shutdown. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark... Read more
(Oct. 2, 2013) National Guardsmen will not have weekend drills as long as the government shutdown continues, NGAUS has been told. The funding for inactive duty training is not available as long as the federal government remains partially inoperative. Some states anticipated the shutdown and moved... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 1, 2013) Service members will not miss a paycheck during the shutdown of the federal government that began at midnight Monday when Congress failed to come up with a budget or a continuing resolution to continue funding government services and programs. But veterans... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Oct. 1, 2013) The chief of the National Guard Bureau expressed disappointment with the government shutdown that began at midnight Monday. Gen. Frank J. Grass said his concern is mainly with the civilian workforce and the military technicians. The Guard bureau released this... Read more

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