Government Executive - Defensehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/Critical information about management of national security organizationsen-usWed, 01 Apr 2015 16:24:37 -0400DHS Vows to Shield Mid-Level Employees From Congresshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/04/dhs-vows-shield-mid-level-employees-congress/109066/Protections set up showdown with lawmakers attempting to investigate Secret Service scandals.Eric KatzWed, 01 Apr 2015 16:24:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/04/dhs-vows-shield-mid-level-employees-congress/109066/DefenseSecret Service agents guard President Obama during a March event in Cleveland, Ohio. DHS secretary Jeh Johnson wants to protect agents from having to testify before Congress. Jacquelyn Martin/APObama Declares Cyber Attacks A ‘National Emergency’http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/04/obama-declares-cyber-attacks-national-emergency/108994/A new executive order will allow the government to impose financial sanctions against those waging malicious cyberattacks.Dustin Volz, National JournalWed, 01 Apr 2015 09:50:19 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/04/obama-declares-cyber-attacks-national-emergency/108994/DefensePete Souza/White HouseObama Will Weigh In By April 30 On Military Panel's Proposed Compensation Reformshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/obama-will-weigh-april-30-military-panels-proposed-compensation-reforms/108808/The president on Monday offered support for 15 recommendations, but didn't rubber-stamp them.Kellie LunneyMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:54:33 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/obama-will-weigh-april-30-military-panels-proposed-compensation-reforms/108808/DefenseDefense Department file photoFeds Charged With Stealing Bitcoinhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/feds-charged-stealing-bitcoin/108805/A former DEA official and a former Secret Service agent are accused of using bitcoin to launder money during an investigation into Silk Road.Dustin Volz, National JournalMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:24:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/feds-charged-stealing-bitcoin/108805/Defensed9000/Shutterstock.comIG: Former Hawaii VA Supervisor Circumvented Benefits Claims Policyhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/ig-former-hawaii-va-supervisor-circumvented-benefits-claims-policy/108769/A supervisor, who has since resigned, said he was trying to help vets, not misrepresent data.Kellie LunneyMon, 30 Mar 2015 15:24:19 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/ig-former-hawaii-va-supervisor-circumvented-benefits-claims-policy/108769/Defensedocstockmedia / Shutterstock.comShots Fired and 1 Killed After Vehicle Rams Gate at NSA Headquartershttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/shots-fired-and-1-killed-after-vehicle-rams-gate-nsa-headquarters/108763/Incident in Fort Meade, Md., is not believed to be related to terrorism.GovExec StaffMon, 30 Mar 2015 13:31:59 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/shots-fired-and-1-killed-after-vehicle-rams-gate-nsa-headquarters/108763/DefenseA Maryland State Police cruiser blocks an entrance to NSA Monday. Patrick Semansky/APHouse Defense Acquisition Reform Plan Seen as Step in the Right Direction http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/house-defense-acquisition-reform-plan-seen-step-right-direction/108655/Armed Services chairman would streamline “broken” system to boost workforce, regain tech edge.Charles S. ClarkFri, 27 Mar 2015 13:50:20 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/house-defense-acquisition-reform-plan-seen-step-right-direction/108655/DefenseDefense Department file photoThis Is How TSA Decides if You Might Be Acting Like a Terroristhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/how-tsa-decides-if-you-might-be-acting-terrorist/108643/Next time you travel, be careful not to complain about airport security.Dustin Volz, National JournalFri, 27 Mar 2015 12:57:03 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/how-tsa-decides-if-you-might-be-acting-terrorist/108643/DefenseMark Lennihan/AP file photoUnder Pressure, Chemical Safety Head Resignshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/under-pressure-chemical-safety-head-resigns/108595/Rafael Moure-Eraso leaves Chemical Safety Board after accusations of mismanagement., National JournalThu, 26 Mar 2015 19:02:18 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/under-pressure-chemical-safety-head-resigns/108595/DefenseMark Humphrey/AP file photoLaw Enforcement Agency Supervisors Turned Blind Eye to 'Loud Parties With Prostitutes' http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/law-enforcement-agency-supervisors-turned-blind-eye-loud-parties-prostitutes/108580/Justice IG finds problems reporting allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment at several agencies.Charles S. ClarkThu, 26 Mar 2015 17:02:13 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/law-enforcement-agency-supervisors-turned-blind-eye-loud-parties-prostitutes/108580/DefenseAndres Leighton/AP file photoJohn McCain Tells the Air Force to Fire More Civilians http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/john-mccain-tells-air-force-fire-more-civilians/108556/Air Force defends its headquarters reduction efforts.Eric KatzThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:13:48 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/john-mccain-tells-air-force-fire-more-civilians/108556/DefenseRepublican Sen. John McCain accuses the service of shifting people around, rather than cutting overall jobs. J. Scott Applewhite/APThe United States Military Gets Childcare Righthttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/united-states-military-gets-childcare-right/108526/The Pentagon helps care for servicemembers' children.Kate Baldwin, QuartzThu, 26 Mar 2015 10:34:24 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/united-states-military-gets-childcare-right/108526/DefenseChildren, parents, and employees of the Child Development Center East march around the parking lot during a parade in honor of Flag Day on Hurlburt Field in 2013.Defense Department file photoThe U.S. Military Is Charging Bowe Bergdahl With Desertionhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/us-military-charging-bowe-bergdahl-desertion/108475/Bergdahl charged with desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duties and misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.Nora Kelly, National JournalWed, 25 Mar 2015 17:17:55 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/us-military-charging-bowe-bergdahl-desertion/108475/DefenseU.S. Army/APThe F-35 Program Boss's To-Do Listhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/f-35-program-bosss-do-list/108385/Program manager Bogdan says there are still kinks with software, cracks in aircraft and the plane’s logistics system as the Marine Corps prepare to declare the jet battle ready.Marcus Weisgerber, Defense OneWed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/f-35-program-bosss-do-list/108385/DefenseUnitd States Air Force14 Cost-Cutting Strategies That Feed Big Spending at Defensehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/14-cost-cutting-strategies-feed-big-spending-defense/108403/Budgeting myths are hurting innovation and efficiency.Pat TierneyWed, 25 Mar 2015 12:11:33 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/14-cost-cutting-strategies-feed-big-spending-defense/108403/DefenseOleg GawriloFF/Shutterstock.comClinton Email Probe Means Political Tightrope for House GOPhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/clinton-email-probe-means-political-tightrope-house-gop/108376/Republicans probing Benghazi and Clinton's emails insist they're not part of the party's 2016 campaign.Ben Geman, National JournalWed, 25 Mar 2015 10:13:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/clinton-email-probe-means-political-tightrope-house-gop/108376/DefenseState Department file photoWhite House Halts Afghanistan Drawdown, Critics Still Pounce http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/white-house-halts-afghanistan-drawdown-critics-still-pounce/108370/The president slows the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan – and amplifies the distance between the legacy he wants to leave and the complex region he can’t.Molly O'Toole, Defense OneWed, 25 Mar 2015 10:01:06 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/white-house-halts-afghanistan-drawdown-critics-still-pounce/108370/DefenseJacquelyn Martin/APPentagon’s Quest for Clean Books Takes Hit http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/pentagons-quest-clean-books-takes-hit/108340/The IG withdrew the Marine Corps audit after new information was discovered.Charles S. ClarkTue, 24 Mar 2015 17:34:29 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/pentagons-quest-clean-books-takes-hit/108340/DefenseBrad Ingram/Shutterstock.comVA Accountability Measure Will Attract Talented Senior Execs, Lawmaker Argueshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/va-accountability-measure-will-attract-talented-senior-execs-lawmaker-argues/108325/Legislation caps number of department senior executives eligible for bonuses and requires them to switch jobs every five years.Kellie LunneyTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:32:12 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/va-accountability-measure-will-attract-talented-senior-execs-lawmaker-argues/108325/DefenseRep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said the bill is in “no way meant to disparage the hardworking employees who go to work every day and do the right thing."J. Scott Applewhite/AP file photoDHS Exec Aided Foreign Investors with Democratic Ties, IG Foundhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/dhs-exec-aided-foreign-investors-democratic-ties-ig-found/108307/Witnesses say Alejandro Mayorkas intervened in immigration cases connected to Harry Reid, Terry McAuliffe and others.Katherine McIntire PetersTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:10:29 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/dhs-exec-aided-foreign-investors-democratic-ties-ig-found/108307/DefenseAlejandro Mayorkas at his Senate confirmation hearing in July 2013.J. Scott Applewhite/APLawmakers Threaten New Secret Service Chief's Job, Tell Him to Fire More Agentshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/lawmakers-threaten-new-secret-service-chiefs-job-tell-him-fire-more-agents/108298/Scandals are emblematic of 'elitist and arrogant' federal workforce, panel says.Eric KatzTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:10:21 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/lawmakers-threaten-new-secret-service-chiefs-job-tell-him-fire-more-agents/108298/DefenseSecret Service Director Joe Clancy testifies on Capitol Hill. Manuel Balce Ceneta/APNew House Armed Services Chairman Flexes Muscles for Pentagon Buyershttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/new-house-armed-services-chairman-flexes-muscles-pentagon-buyers/108301/House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry flexes his new muscles in attempt to give Pentagon program managers breathing roomMarcus Weisgerber, Defense OneTue, 24 Mar 2015 15:41:56 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/new-house-armed-services-chairman-flexes-muscles-pentagon-buyers/108301/DefenseRep. Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee provides opening remarks before the start of the House Armed Services Committee Hearing last week.Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/ArmyWelcome to the House GOP's Budget Improvhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/welcome-house-gops-budget-improv/108310/After repeatedly changing strategy, Republican leaders finally appear to have a plan for passage.Rachel Roubein and Lauren Fox, National JournalTue, 24 Mar 2015 15:37:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/welcome-house-gops-budget-improv/108310/DefenseHouse Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan plans to back the budget with extra defense money.J. Scott Applewhite/APTwice as Many Vets Will Now Be Eligible for Non-VA Care http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/more-vets-will-be-eligible-non-va-care-through-choice-program/108283/After pressure, department changes Choice program requirement related to calculating a vet’s distance from the nearest VA facility.Kellie LunneyTue, 24 Mar 2015 13:11:26 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/more-vets-will-be-eligible-non-va-care-through-choice-program/108283/Defense"We’ve determined that changing the distance calculation will help ensure more veterans have access to care when and where they want it," VA Secretary Bob McDonald stated. Reynaldo Leal/U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsOne-Third of New Hires in the Federal Government Last Year Were Veteranshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/one-third-new-hires-federal-government-last-year-were-veterans/108226/Fiscal 2014 veterans hiring rate is highest ever.Eric KatzMon, 23 Mar 2015 17:27:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/03/one-third-new-hires-federal-government-last-year-were-veterans/108226/Defense“We know that veterans possess character, team-building skills and discipline. Those traits don’t stop when we take off the uniform," said VA secretary Robert McDonald. Robert Turtil/VA