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House panel details DOD cuts

The House Appropriations Committee has called for cuts in Defense Department personnel accounts and reductions in the Defense agencies - which include the Defense Information Systems Agency the Defense Finance Agency and the Defense Logistics Agency - totaling $325 million in its version of the 1998 budget.

The National Appropriations Subcommittee also plans to cut the president's Pentagon budget by another $140 million based on anticipated cuts in DOD headquarters and administrative organizations in its markup of the 1998 spending bill. Full details of the cuts will not surface until the committee passes the bill and issues a report but industry sources following the progress of the legislation said some of these cuts will come from agencies such as DISA with the committee following the lead of the House authorization bill which called for a drastic reduction in the size of the acquisition workforce over a five-year period.

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Hill asks Clinton for support on Y2K

Four members of Congress last week sent a letter to President Clinton asking him to "spur the government and private sector" to address the Year 2000 problem. The letter dated July 16 suggests that the president issue an executive order or directive to federal agencies to give the "highest priority" to fixing affected information systems. The letter also suggests Clinton designate a senior administration official to direct federal and encourage private-sector initiatives to correct the problem. The letter was signed by Rep. Constance Morella (R-Md.) Rep. Stephen Horn (R-Calif.) Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).

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