DoD bill includes pay raise, downsizing

The House Armed Services Committee Wednesday approved a 4.8 percent military pay raise as part of the $289 billion fiscal 2000 Defense authorization bill.

On a 55-to-1 vote, the committee authorized $8.3 billion more in military spending than President Clinton requested in his fiscal 2000 budget. Clinton requested a 4.4 percent pay raise for civilian and military personnel next year.

Congress endorsed a 4.8 percent raise for civilians in a resolution included in the fiscal 1999 emergency spending bill, which called for military-civilian pay parity.

The committee Wednesday also called for higher military pay raises in the future, using a formula that would base annual raises on the full Employment Cost Index, rather than 0.5 percent less than the index under current law.

The committee approved targeted pay raises for mid-grade and non-commissioned officers, a more generous retirement package, increased housing allowances, and special retention bonuses for aviation officers and nuclear specialists. The committee also recommended the Defense Department study options for offering 401(k)-style plans to military personnel. The Senate has already approved military participation in the civilian Thrift Savings Plan.

In the area of downsizing, the committee recommended a cut of 25,000 personnel in the Defense Department's acquisition workforce in fiscal 2000. To reduce other support functions, the committee recommended a $232 million cut to administrative and support accounts.

In addition, the committee said the Defense Department underestimates the size of its management headquarters staff. The committee asked the Pentagon to count headquarters personnel by function, rather than organization. Doing so will show that more people work at headquarters than the Pentagon has said in the past, the committee believes. In the 1998 Defense authorization bill, Congress instructed the Pentagon to reduce headquarters personnel by 25 percent by 2002.

The committee is devoting $1 billion to information technology, including $279 million for improved information systems security.

"As defense and domestic information infrastructures are closely linked, government and industry must work together to protect the nation's critical information systems infrastructure," the committee said.

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

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

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care


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