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Colorado Springs Utilities wins DoD award

Colorado Springs Utilities received the 2013 Employer Support Freedom Award from the U.S. Department of Defense. CSU was one of 14 firms to receive the award, which recognizes employers who provide outstanding support to members of the National Guard and Reserve. Of CSU’s 1,800 employees, 360 are veterans and 80 are members of the National… Continue Reading Colorado Springs Utilities wins DoD award

Eight local businesses have teamed with the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance to offer discounts on Fridays through the end of the fiscal year to the federal civilian employees who are currently being furloughed. The furloughs were part of the Budget Control Act, which requires nearly every federal worker to take 11 days of unpaid… Continue Reading Local businesses ease furlough’s financial pinch

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Fort Carson warns of civilian furloughs

With sequestration taking effect in a matter of days, Fort Carson is preparing to instigate necessary cuts issued by the Department of Defense. The DOD told Congress that civilian workers could face a furlough of up to 22 days beginning in late April. The move affects 3,000 civilian workers at the Army post, but is… Continue Reading Fort Carson warns of civilian furloughs

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In an historic New Year’s Day session, the House of Representatives passed a bill that preserved Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class, but raised taxes on people making more than $400,000 a year. The compromises also averts a 27 percent cut in reimbursement levels for doctors who treat Medicare patients, and fixes the “dairy… Continue Reading Fiscal cliff averted, sequestration threat remains

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Colorado Springs should prepare for a round of base realignment and closure by 2015, said Brian Binn, president of military affairs for the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. The Department of Defense suggested two rounds of BRAC, one to start next year. But that isn’t likely. However, Binn said a round suggested for 2015… Continue Reading Chamber report: Springs’ military adds $5.93 billion to economy

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The Department of Defense is asking employers to participate in a survey designed to gain insight into the benefits and challenges of employing members of the Guard and Reserve. National Guard and Reserve members comprise about 50 percent of the miltiary’s total strength, making them a vital link to the national security. “If we are… Continue Reading Uncle Sam wants advice on employing Guard members

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DoD warns of crisis if 2011 budget isn’t passed

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President Obama’s 2012 budget is out, but the Pentagon is facing larger concerns: the 2011 budget. Four months into the fiscal year, Congress has yet to pass the 2011 budget, instead, operating the government under a continuing resolution at 2010 levels. That could leave the Pentagon strapped for equipment and programs, according to defense officials.… Continue Reading DoD warns of crisis if 2011 budget isn’t passed

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Spring contractors pick up new, expanded jobs

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Five area companies have added new or expanded Department of Defense projects They include: Honeywell Technology Solutions in Colorado Springs was awarded a $26.1 million contract to procure a satellite tracking antenna for the satellite control network at New Boston Air Force Station. ITT Systems Corp.’s Colorado Springs operation added an $18.5 million award to… Continue Reading Spring contractors pick up new, expanded jobs

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New Department of Defense contracting guidelines seek to cut department costs while maintaining profit for defense companies. But can both be done at the same time? The guidelines are supposed to improve management, while giving defense companies incentives to lower production costs. The idea is to cut unnecessary expenses, say DoD officials. “With incentives, profitability… Continue Reading DoD seeks to cut costs without affecting contractors

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has reached an agreement with the Department of Defense about the chemical weapons stored at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. The agreement requires additional monitoring procedures of the mustard agent currently stored at the depot. The final agreement is pending the U.S. District Court judge’s approval, and ends… Continue Reading Defense Department, state reach chemical storage settlement

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