Senate passes defense authorization bill

The Senate voted 99-0 Tuesday to approve the fiscal 2002 defense authorization bill.

The bill provides for $345 billion in defense spending next year, increases pay and benefits for military personnel and approves another round of military base closings.

The Senate had voted unanimously Tuesday morning to move ahead with the bill, as several senators put aside objections to language in the bill allowing for further base closures.

The bill allows civil service, military and Foreign Service employees to use frequent flier miles obtained on government travel for personal use. The House approved a separate bill authorizing federal employees to keep their frequent flier miles. The bill also allows the Defense Department to offer buyouts and early outs to employees in 2003, let federal agencies pay for employees to acquire such credentials as professional accreditation designations, state-imposed licenses, professional licenses, and other professional certifications and create a pilot program to pay for retraining employees who are laid off by the Defense Department.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.