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Armed Services Committees Call for Joint Basing Study

  • December 18, 2013
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The Defense Department would be required to assess whether the joint basing initiative has producing any savings and whether the potential exists for additional savings, under a provision in the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill scheduled to be voted on today by the Senate. The joint basing initiative, a BRAC 2005 recommendation, merged installation support functions at two, and sometimes three, bases — often located contiguously — at 12 locations around the nation. However, lawmakers have been concerned that the initiative has not generated the savings initially projected …

Senate Clears Budget Deal; Appropriators Off to the Races

  • December 18, 2013
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The Senate cleared the two-year bipartisan budget agreement on Wednesday, clearing the way for House and Senate appropriators to craft an omnibus spending package for the last eight-and-a-half months of fiscal 2014. The budget framework passed the Senate by a 64-36 vote and now goes to the desk of President Obama, who applauded the deal after it was passed. The next deadline for appropriators is Jan. 15, the date when the current continuing resolution runs out …

Survey to Assess Experience of Veterans in Their First Job

  • December 17, 2013
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Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the behavioral health firm VetAdvisor this week began conducting a survey to determine why veterans leave their initial post-military jobs. The survey is intended to provide insight into how organizations can best structure employee retention programs for veterans. Researchers said the goal is to help veterans get on career paths quicker and help companies improve efforts to retain veterans, reported Stars and Stripes. “We don’t want veterans just to become ‘starter employees,’” said Dan Frank, CEO of VetAdvisor. “The companies we’re talking to are realizing it’s not just about hiring veterans but keeping them, too,” Frank said.

Fort Monroe Master Plan Gains Governor’s Approval

  • December 17, 2013
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) last week approved Fort Monroe’s master plan, conferring several authorities to the Fort Monroe Authority, including the ability to sell homes and other property it now owns at the historic post located on the Virginia shore of the Chesapeake Bay. David Brown, executive vice president at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, praised the master plan for helping steer the redevelopment project toward economic self-sufficiency while allowing it to share “a key chapter in our nation’s history …

New Estimate Needed for Infrastructure Needs on Guam, GAO Finds

  • December 17, 2013
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Despite scaling down the scope of the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam, the Defense Department has not reexamined its estimate of the island’s public infrastructure needs, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). That revalidation is not expected to be completed until 2015. Under the current realignment plan, which was revised in April 2012, up to 5,000 Marines will relocate to Guam beginning in the mid-2020s …

Budget Agreement Headed for Passage in Senate

  • December 17, 2013
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The Senate on Tuesday approved a procedural vote to end debate on the two-year budget agreement, paving the way for the chamber to approve the deal on Wednesday. Twelve Republicans joined all 55 Democrats and independents in supporting the cloture vote, reported the Hill. Final passage requires only a simple majority …

Defense Bill Calls for Study of Underutilized Facilities

  • December 17, 2013
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The Defense Department would be required to analyze its real estate inventory to determine how many facilities are underutilized, under a provision in the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill scheduled to be taken up by the Senate this week. The language was added to the House version of the measure in June by Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) as part of his effort to cut wasteful spending by the government on unused buildings …

Veterans Legislation Eludes Enactment in 2013

  • December 16, 2013
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The legislative year is about to close this week without any major veterans bills becoming law, a disappointment to advocates after a string of accomplishments on Capitol Hill in the previous two sessions. In early fall, veterans groups were hopeful as several initiatives, including one granting in-state tuition rates at public universities to veterans regardless of their hometown, appeared to have bipartisan support …

‘Rock & Role’ Branding Campaign Raises Profile of Arkansas Air Base

  • December 16, 2013
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A marketing initiative launched by the local support organization for Little Rock Air Force Base seems to be achieving its goal as awareness of the installation’s importance to Arkansas has been growing across the state. The Little Rock AFB Community Council developed the campaign last year to raise the installation’s profile as well as to build statewide support for “The Rock,” as the base which provides C-130 airlift capabilities for the military is known …

GOP Armed Services Leaders Urge Colleagues to Support Authorization Bill

  • December 16, 2013
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Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), the top two Republicans on the Armed Services Committee, are asking their colleagues to help clear the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill this week. In a letter to the Republican conference, the lawmakers say that passing the bill before the Senate leaves Capitol Hill this week is the only way to ensure the annual policy bill becomes law for the 52nd consecutive year …

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