Sequestration: Are the Negations Just ‘Theater?’

February 19, 201312:00 PM

The Defense Department and other government agencies are preparing for the possible government budget cuts known as sequestration. Host Michel Martin talks with Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Robbins of the Defense Department and Washington Post ‘Federal Diary’ columnist Joe Davidson about who’ll be affected.

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This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. I’m Michel Martin. Later in the program, we will have the latest in our series of conversations for Black History Month. We are hearing from African-Americans in the stem fields – that’s science, technology, engineering and math. Today, we’ll talk to a woman who’s breaking barriers as a designer of video games. So that’s coming up. Continue reading “Sequestration: Are the Negations Just ‘Theater?’”

Federal agencies bracing for cuts after ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

Federal agencies bracing for cuts after ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

Video: President Obama is praising the bill that staves off the “fiscal cliff” tax hikes and spending cuts. The House of Representatives followed the Senate’s lead and passed the bill late Tuesday.

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The fiscal pact Congress reached hours into the new year will delay $109 billion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts for two months. But it will make a down payment on those reductions that will affect federal operations this year and next.

The eleventh-hour agreement to avoid a “fiscal cliff” of higher taxes put off the major cuts known as a sequester until March 1, when another showdown is expected over the federal

Forget the Pay Freeze: Start Worrying About Health Care Costs

Pay & Benefits Watch

Forget the Pay Freeze: Start Worrying About Health Care Costs

Buried in the news over the extended federal pay freeze, the impending fiscal cliff and the umpteenth continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown is this fact: Many military retirees will be paying a little more for their health care as of Oct. 1.

Day 1 of fiscal 2013 means that some TRICARE Prime beneficiaries now will have to pay $39 to $79 more than they currently do in annual enrollment fees. Specifically, TRICARE Prime military retirees who enrolled in the health care program before Oct. 1, 2011, will pay an annual fee of $269.28 for individual coverage as of Oct. 1, 2012; those with the family plan will pay $538.56 per year under the adjustment. Those beneficiaries — all under the age of 65 — currently pay $260 per year in enrollment costs for the individual plan and $460 for family coverage. The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act allows for the annual increase of TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for most retired beneficiaries based on the annual cost-of-living increase. Continue reading “Forget the Pay Freeze: Start Worrying About Health Care Costs”