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Iowa Unveils Jobs Initiative to Attract Veterans

  • November 13, 2013
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The state of Iowa is launching an initiative to promote the state as an abundant source of jobs for veterans. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Tuesday announced “Home Base Iowa,” a private-public partnership to raise $6 million to market Iowa as a home for veterans and service members in search of jobs …

Air Force Officials Developing Plan to Address Deep Spending Cuts

  • November 13, 2013
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Top Air Force officials are putting together a long-term plan for dealing with sequestration dubbed Air Force 2023, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told reporters Wednesday. The sequester plan lays out numerous scenarios in which fiscal decisions are driven by the spending cuts imposed under sequestration, reported the Hill. The second round of cuts is slated to go into effect in mid-January and would slash the fiscal 2014 defense budget by $52 billion …

Hill Staff Learn about LRA Challenges, Potential Legislative Solutions

  • November 13, 2013
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Two new pieces of legislation designed to aid the revitalization of closed military bases would help BRAC communities cope with a long-term decline in federal support for base redevelopment. At a Capitol Hill briefing Tuesday, hosted by the House Defense Communities Caucus, representatives from the offices of Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) discussed changes to two existing tools for fostering redevelopment — the New Markets Tax Credit and the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program — to benefit closure communities …

Appropriators Fret over Budget Conference’s Lack of Urgency

  • November 13, 2013
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House and Senate appropriators are growing increasingly anxious that the House-Senate budget conference will not come to an agreement over a topline for fiscal 2014 discretionary spending early enough for them to complete work on a year-end spending package. Appropriations Committee Chairs Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) have called on the conference committee to settle on a spending figure by Dec. 2 at the latest. That would allow appropriators sufficient time to hash out a 12-bill omnibus as part of a year-end budget deal …

Lend Lease Hits Milestone for Community Development at Hickam Field

  • November 12, 2013
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Lend Lease Hawaii plans to undertake $44 million in major renovations to family housing projects on Oahu after it completes intermediate renovations in 2016. The news follows the firm’s announcement Friday that it completed $800 million in planned community development on Hickam Field at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, reported Pacific Business News. The Hickam Communities project included building more than 1,200 homes, renovating more than 1,000 existing homes and constructing numerous community amenities. Hickam Communities also installed solar arrays on the homes’ rooftops with a potential for generating 4 megawatts of power.

DOD Testing Potential for Electric Fleet to Reinforce Installation’s Grid

  • November 12, 2013
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Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, located outside of Trenton, N.J., will be one of six bases to test drive a new electric vehicle program designed to charge vehicles from an installation’s electrical grid during low periods of electric demand and return power during periods of peak demand. The Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) program will cost DOD $20 million, including infrastructure, charging stations, software, maintenance and support …

Veterans Are More Valuable Employees, Research Indicates

  • November 12, 2013
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A decision to recruit military veterans needn’t be based simply on a desire to show gratitude for veterans’ service or to burnish a reputation for being veteran-friendly. Veterans perform at higher levels and have lower turnover rates than other workers, according to research conducted by advisory company CEB. The company’s analysis shows a 4 percent performance advantage and a 3 percent lower turnover rate for veteran hires compared to non-veterans …

Pentagon Adequately Planned for Sequestration, Spokesman Says

  • November 12, 2013
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In the prolonged run-up to the imposition of sequestration earlier this year, defense officials followed the best course of action in coping with the looming automatic cuts to its fiscal 2013 budget, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters Tuesday during his last briefing before stepping down. “I think we’ve overall done precisely the right thing. We have talked about the prospective impacts of sequestration. We were very clear about that,” Little said. “And we’ve been clear since sequestration took effect about what’s happened,” he stated …

No Progress to Date as Budget Conferees Approach Second Public Meeting

  • November 12, 2013
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Members of the House-Senate budget conference on Wednesday will hear a nonpartisan description of different options for dealing with the nation’s fiscal woes from Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf, but there is no reason to believe his testimony will help bridge differences between the committee’s Republicans and Democrats. CBO also will release today a lengthy list of options for reducing the deficit, reported CQ. Wednesday’s meeting, the budget conference’s second formal get-together, comes just 30 days ahead of its Dec. 13 deadline for hashing out a compromise budget plan for fiscal 2014 …

University Facility to Support Business Incubator outside of Pax River

  • November 11, 2013
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An agreement between the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC), University System of Maryland and the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance brings the planning for a new research and development center near Patuxent River Naval Air Station one step closer. When completed, the facility will house a research and a business incubator …

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