Pentagon Releases Further Sequestration Guidance

March 5, 2013

Across-the-board spending reductions from sequestration will necessitate cutbacks to many Pentagon programs, including support for tuition assistance, congressional travel, bonuses for civilian employees and military entertainment, Defense Comptroller Robert Hale said Tuesday.

In a memo obtained by Government Executive, Hale told senior Pentagon leaders that that the changes would be necessary to help the Defense Department cope with the cuts “levied by sequestration.”

One area facing major cutbacks is support for travel by congressional delegations. Hale said the use of military aircraft would be restricted if commercial options were available. He also said that organizations would “need to ensure” that travel by members of Congress and staff sponsored by the Defense Department “bears a substantial relationship to programs or activities of DoD and is not solely for the purpose of engendering goodwill or obtaining possible future benefits.”

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