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House Bill Would Relax Restrictions on Funding Public Infrastructure Projects on Guam

  • May 18, 2015
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The draft fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill passed by the House last week would amend existing restrictions on the development of civilian infrastructure on Guam by allowing funding for projects identified in a report from the federal Economic Adjustment Committee. The FY 2014 defense authorization bill had restricted the expenditure of any funds on public infrastructure on Guam that had not been specifically authorized by law. That statute also called for EAC to consider assistance — including assistance to support public infrastructure requirements — needed to accommodate the realignment of Marine Corps forces from Okinawa …

Developer Snaps up Block across from Walter Reed Hospital Site

  • May 18, 2015
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McLean, Va.-based Elm Street Development has purchased seven adjacent parcels across the street from the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northwest Washington to build housing. Elm Street paid $7.0 million for the lots, representing a significant amount of appreciation due to the District of Columbia’s selection of a master developer to convert 67 acres of the medical campus into a mixed-used development calling for retail, housing, a hotel and conference center, and “innovation core.” The previous owners acquired the parcels several years earlier for only $2.1 million, reported the Washington Business Journal. “That was the main driver, Walter Reed,” said Karen McJunkin, a regional partner at Elm Street …

Senate’s ‘Reform’ Authorization Bill Seeks to Downsize Pentagon

  • May 17, 2015
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The fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill passed Thursday by the Senate Armed Services Committee would launch a reorganization of the Defense Department in an attempt to eliminate unnecessary overhead and direct limited funding to operations and readiness. The annual policy bill would reduce funding for headquarters and administrative functions for military services, defense agencies, combatant commands, the office of the secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff by 7.5 percent for four years, totaling 30 percent by the fourth year. The cuts would yield $1.7 billion in savings in FY 2016 and recurring savings of $6.8 billion per year by the fourth year …

Pentagon Required to Evaluate Army Downsizing under Amendment to House Bill

  • May 17, 2015
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The secretary of defense would be required to certify that an active-duty end strength for the Army below 490,000 soldiers will be adequate to meet the nation’s defense strategy, under an amendment added by House lawmakers last week to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The amendment, approved by voice vote, was offered by Republican Reps. John Fleming (La.) and Elise Stefanik (N.Y.). Both represent Army communities that stand to lose thousands of troops in the Army’s next round of restructuring. Officials are expected to announce early this summer how they will realign the service’s end strength from 490,000, the Army’s target for the end of FY 2015, to 420,000 by FY 2020 …

Authorization Bill Passes in House despite Democratic Opposition

  • May 17, 2015
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House Republicans overcame an uncharacteristic lack of Democratic support on Friday to pass the chamber’s fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, 269-151. The opposition from Democrats did not stem from significant differences over defense programs but, rather, from the effort by the party, along with President Obama, to fight the legislation’s reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations account to evade the statutory spending caps. The legislation, H.R. 1735, would authorize DOD to spend $38 billion on operations and maintenance needs that ordinarily would be funded in the department’s base budget …

Paper Questions Lack of Job Growth at Federal City Project

  • May 17, 2015
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At the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 round of base closures, the Times-Picayune takes the opportunity to chronicle the history of the Federal City project, the redevelopment of the Naval Support Activity New Orleans, and question why it hasn’t achieved its goal of creating 10,000 jobs. The project was born out of the 2005 BRAC round when officials from New Orleans and Louisiana successfully lobbied the BRAC Commission to keep open the Naval Support Activity’s Algiers campus — located on the west bank of the Mississippi River — and move the headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve there from the Navy’s Bywater campus across the river. The state pledged $125 million to build a new facility for the Marines …

Air Force Awards First DOD Contract under ESPC Program for Small Projects

  • May 17, 2015
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The Air Force recently awarded an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to upgrade exterior lighting at Laughlin AFB, Texas, under an Energy Department program intended for small-scale energy conservation measures that can be installed in six months or less. The contract represents the first awarded by a DOD activity under the ESPC ENABLE program. “ESPC ENABLE was designed to help agencies that may have smaller buildings; facilities that are sometimes left out of the normal performance contracts,” said Kurmit Rockwell, ESPC manager at the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program …

Senate Panel Fails to Resolve Questions over OCO End-Around

  • May 14, 2015
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The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved its fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, 22-4, after failing to assuage Democrats opposed to the measure’s reliance on DOD’s war funding account to evade the statutory spending caps. The committee’s draft legislation, like the version being debated this week on the House floor, authorizes DOD to spend $38 billion of funds added to its overseas contingency operations account for items traditionally funded in its base budget. Stashing the extra funds in the OCO account allows Congress and the Pentagon to sidestep the Budget Control Act caps …

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 …

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