The Department of Defense is concerned that computers and handheld devices produced by China-based company Lenovo could be used to spy on Pentagon networks, according to a recent internal study.
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In an effort to grow the department’s civilian workforce, Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill to treat non-permanent employees as career workers when applying for internal, merit-based promotions at the Department of Defense.
With two weeks to go until government funding runs out on April 28, and considering Congress has not passed a budget on time for seven of the last eight years, Congress is working on borrowed time for its 2017 budget.
The financial workforce at the Pentagon are strained by doing more with less, budget cuts, and the pressure to meet auditability requirements by next year, according to the 13th Annual Survey of Defense Financial Management Executives.
An investigative piece published by the Washington Post revealed an internal Pentagon study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste.
With the prospective $54 billion increase in the budget for the Department of Defense, the Trump administration is expected to offset those costs through cuts to non-Defense agencies.
Although it insists it has no interest in holding up the program, a federal labor union is concerned with how the Department of Defense is rolling out its new performance rating system for civilian employees and is working to delay the release.