GOP bill would slash 115,000 civilian defense jobs

A few items that caught our attention on Tuesday:

(Mike Theiler/Reuters)
(Mike Theiler/Reuters)

GOP bill would cut 115,000 civilian defense jobs: A group of Republican lawmakers led by Rep. Ken Calvert (Calif.) have proposed trimming 15 percent of the Defense Department’s civilian workforce, a move they estimate would save $82.5 billion over five years, according to a Government Executive article.

White House not commenting on every NSA report: White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the Obama administration would not comment on every National Security Agency report, following a Washington Post story that said an NSA surveillance program reaches “into the past” to retrieve and replay phone calls. Here’s the video of Carney’s statement:

U.S. orders closure of Syrian Embassy in Washington: The State Department on Tuesday announced it would close the Syrian Embassy in Washington, saying Syrian diplomats there and in consulates elsewhere in the United States must leave, according to a Washington Post report.

Postal Service to trim workforce by 10,000: Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the USPS reductions, which come on top of 320,000 employees the agency has lost since fiscal 2000,  will take place entirely through attrition, according to a Federal Times article.

Navy destroyer to halt search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: The USS Kidd will stop looking for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and return to its normal duties after seven days of searching for the plane in the Indian Ocean after the Navy decided that long-range aircraft would be more efficient for the broadened hunt, according to a Government Executive report.

Religious-freedom debate breaks out at Air Force budget hearing: A congressional hearing on the Air Force budget turned into a debate about religious freedom on Friday after some Republicans demanded to know why an Air Force Academy cadet was allegedly forced to erase a religious message he’d written on a dry-erase board in his dorm, according to an In the Loop article.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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