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Amendment Offers Possible Reprieve for Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing

  • May 14, 2015
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Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing, which is slated to be deactivated by the end of the fiscal year, would receive at least a short-term reprieve under an amendment added by the Senate Armed Services Committee this week to its draft fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The amendment offered by North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R) would require the 18th Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and U.S. Army Special Operations Command to certify that the loss of the 440th — an Air Force Reserve unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field — would not harm training at Bragg before the airlift wing could be deactivated. Army commanders would have 90 days after the legislation is enacted to make a decision …

House Votes to Remove Immigration Measure from Defense Bill

  • May 14, 2015
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House lawmakers on Thursday voted to strip a controversial immigration provision from the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, removing one possible barrier to the measure’s passage this week. Language added to the defense policy bill in committee last month would have encouraged the defense secretary to consider allowing individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to serve in the military. The provision drew heated opposition from conservatives who tried to have it stricken from the bill by the House Rules Committee. Instead, lawmakers adopted an amendment, 221-202, removing the language …

Air Force Identifies Millions in Potential Utility Rate Savings

  • May 14, 2015
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Air Force officials have identified more than $22 million in potential savings on utility costs following an eight-year review of utility rates for nearly 70 Air Force bases in the continental United States. In 2007, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s energy directorate found a variety of opportunities to cut costs after it began examining electric, natural gas, water and wastewater invoices and contracts for potential savings. “We found savings in multiple ways,” Nancy Coleal, chief of the utility rate management team, told AFCEC Public Affairs. “Sometimes it was a billing error, sometimes a simple rate change. Every situation was unique; we really had to examine each base case by case …

Concord Seeks Community Reuse Planning Director

  • May 14, 2015
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The city of Concord, Calif., is recruiting for a director of community reuse planning. This position is the head of the Local Reuse Authority’s reuse office, which is a department of the city. The day-to-day responsibilities for the director include guiding and managing the city’s base reuse project to fruition in a manner consistent with the city’s adopted plans. The director manages a number of contracts with outside consultants and oversees a team of city staff from various departments. This position is required to frequently attend meetings conducted during evening hours and/or on weekends and sometimes has irregular work hours in order to meet deadlines and achieve objectives. A bachelor’s degree is required along with a master’s degree and 10 years’ experience. Please see the city of Concord website for full job description and how to apply.

Democrats to Oppose House Authorization Bill over Reliance on OCO Funds

  • May 13, 2015
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will whip Democrats against the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill over opposition to the measure’s reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to get around the Budget Control Act spending caps. The unprecedented move follows a DOD briefing Wednesday for House Democrats that concluded, “this bill is the wrong bill,” according to House Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.). The annual policy legislation typically passes with bipartisan support. Equally surprising was the announcement by Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, that he also would vote against the measure …

House Rules Sends Policy Measure on to Floor Debate

  • May 13, 2015
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The House Rules Committee voted late Wednesday night to send the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill to the chamber floor to start debate today on the underlying measure along with 135 amendments. One of the most divisive amendments allowed would strike language encouraging the defense secretary to consider allowing recipients of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to serve in the military, reported the Hill. The amendment’s sponsor, Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), and 24 other Republican lawmakers had asked House Rules for the original language to be stricken from the defense policy measure because immigration issues are the responsibility of the Judiciary Committee …

White House Opposes Defense Bill Language Mandating Headquarters Downsizing

  • May 13, 2015
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Language in the House version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill requiring DOD to trim its headquarters budgets and personnel by 20 percent over five years garnered a strong objection from the Office of Management and Budget, which claimed the provision was unnecessary. The bill stipulates that the streamlining initiative generate $10 billion in savings and calls for the department to prepare an accurate baseline accounting of defense headquarters budgets and personnel, and detailed information on planned reductions in management headquarters. The department, however, already is carrying out a plan to reduce headquarters personnel, according to OMB’s “Statement of Administration Policy” issued Tuesday for H.R. 1735 …

Planning Board Endorses Proposal for Alameda Point

  • May 13, 2015
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Plans to convert a 68-acre portion of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, Calif., into a mixed development with homes, commercial space and parkland moved one step closer to being realized this week after Alameda’s Planning Board unanimously approved the proposal. The city council will take up the plan next month, when it also will consider the development agreement the city has struck with Alameda Point Partners for the parcel, reported the Alamedan. The city selected Alameda Point Partners after deciding to direct the project itself following two failed efforts led by master developers over the past decade …

Veterans Face Multiple Barriers to Gaining Civilian Employment, Report Says

  • May 13, 2015
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A new report points to a lack of preparation and unaddressed health issues as the primary challenges facing veterans trying to find civilian employment. A lack of preparation, according to service providers and veterans interviewed for the report, created multiple challenges, including unrealistic expectations among many veterans about the jobs they qualified for, the level at which they would enter the civilian workforce, how easily they would find employment or how much they should be compensated. One post-9/11 veteran quoted in the report, Exploring the Economic and Employment Challenges Facing U.S. Veterans, described the frustration of having to start over …

Senate Readiness Panel Denies Pentagon’s BRAC Request

  • May 12, 2015
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The Defense Department would be prohibited from holding a round of base closures, under the portion of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill marked up Tuesday by the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee. “At a time when the department cannot afford to fully fund … readiness requirements, I do not support giving the department the authority to pursue a BRAC round,” said Subcommittee Chair Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), reported CQ Roll Call. The panel’s rejection of the Obama administration’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017 was not a surprise as Ayotte has made her opposition clear in recent years …

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