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CR at FY’14 Sequester Levels is Backup Plan if No Budget Deal Emerges, Boehner Says

  • November 21, 2013
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The House would advance a continuing resolution (CR) at the fiscal 2014 level of sequestration if the House-Senate budget conference fails to reach agreement on a budget for the year, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday. Under that scenario, the House would move a stopgap spending bill for FY 2014 with a topline figure of $967 billion, reported CQ. The federal government now is operating under a CR at last year’s spending level, $986 billion …

Fate of Defense Bill in Doubt after Failed Senate Vote

  • November 21, 2013
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A Senate vote to wrap up debate on the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill failed Thursday due to opposition from Republican lawmakers, forcing the debate to wait until the chamber comes back in December and jeopardizing the chances for the legislation to be enacted before the end of the year. The procedural vote would have ended debate over the scores of amendments that had been offered to the annual defense policy measure. It failed 51-44, falling nine votes short of the 60 needed to advance, and left observers skeptical whether the chamber would have a better chance to reach agreement to expedite the measure when it returns from its Thanksgiving recess …

Facility Demolition follows Chemical Weapons Destruction at Army Sites

  • November 20, 2013
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Efforts to tear down multibillion-dollar incinerators are under way at three sites used by the Army to destroy the nation’s chemical weapons stockpile. The work, estimated to cost $1.3 billion, is taking place at Anniston Army Depot, Ala.; Umatilla Chemical Depot, Ore.; and Deseret Chemical Depot, Utah. Workers already have finished scrapping the Pine Bluff Chemical Demilitarization Facility in Arkansas and now are finishing the site’s cleanup …

Microsoft Trains Service Members for High-Tech Careers prior to Separation

  • November 20, 2013
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A pilot program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in northwest Washington is providing active-duty service members with intensive training and certification in software testing, allowing them to compete for high-tech civilian work after they leave the military. The 16-week pilot program, called the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy, guarantees an interview with Microsoft for an entry-level software-testing position. The intensive training program is one example of recent efforts to ease the transition for personnel separating from the military …

Conservation Group, DOD Provide Guidance for Renewable Energy Development

  • November 20, 2013
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A new guide developed jointly by the Pentagon and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) should help minimize conflicts with defense operations created by the development of renewable energy projects on and around military ranges, airspace and installations. The 24-page primer provides a range of factors and siting considerations that can be applied by developers and other stakeholders when working with DOD on siting renewable energy projects …

Pentagon to Force Issue over Shrinking Funding Levels in FY’15 Budget Request

  • November 20, 2013
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In its first spending plan acknowledging the long-term spending constraints imposed under sequestration, the Pentagon is expected to call for cuts in an array of benefits for military personnel as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request, including education, healthcare and housing. The spending proposal would offer a multi-year plan to trim benefit levels …

Debate over Defense Bill Bogs Down, Jeopardizing Prospect of Conference Agreement

  • November 20, 2013
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Debate over the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill in the Senate stalled Wednesday as the two parties failed to reach an agreement on how many amendments would receive floor votes, raising the likelihood that the chamber will have to finish debate on the legislation when it returns to Washington following its scheduled two-week Thanksgiving recess. The dispute prevented Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) from holding votes on two amendments dealing with sexual assault after lawmakers spent hours debating the issue …

DOD Funding to Run out for Housing Referral Service

  • November 19, 2013
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Funding for an online service that helps service members find available rental housing when they move to a new assignment is scheduled to run out at the end of December, but the service provider is looking for an alternate source of funding to continue the program. A spokesman for Navy Installations Command said the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are allowing the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) to end when their contract with Runzheimer International runs out next month …

Fort Monmouth LRA to Consider Changes to Reuse Plan as Needed

  • November 19, 2013
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If proposals from developers to purchase or lease property at the former Fort Monmouth, N.J., conflict with the post’s reuse plan, the LRA will revise it on a building-by-building basis rather than by overhauling the entire plan. Officials from the redevelopment authority and representatives from Cushman & Wakefield told the Asbury Park Press that it does not make sense to redo the entire plan as that would require approval from the towns of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls, the state of New Jersey and the Army …

Navy Ends Search for Outlying Landing Field to Support NAS Oceana

  • November 19, 2013
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The Navy on Tuesday said it has cancelled an environmental study of alternate practice landing sites that could be used by pilots at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va., saying it needs to wait until the service selects an East Coast site to host the F-35, the military’s next generation fighter aircraft. Officials initially suspended study of three sites in Virginia and two in North Carolina in 2011 in favor of waiting for a decision on basing the F-35. But with that decision not expected until 2017 at the earliest, any work on the environmental impact statement conducted now would be out of date by that time …

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