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Installations, Operational Energy Posts at DOD to Merge under Authorization Bill

  • December 7, 2014
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The Pentagon’s top installations and environment position would be merged with the department’s operational energy chief post, under the compromise fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill unveiled last week. The new position would be called the assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for energy, installations and environment. The combined organization would “equally prioritize” the functions of the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment with the ASD for operational energy plans and programs …

FY’16 Budget Request Expected to Exceed Spending Cap by $36B

  • December 7, 2014
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The Pentagon’s fiscal 2016 budget request is expected to surpass the corresponding Budget Control Act spending cap by $36 billion, bringing its base budget request in line with its long-planned $535 billion top line, Defense News reported. The higher figure was approved last week by the Office of Management and Budget, according to the story. The gap between DOD’s topline for its next five-year budget, which will cover FY 2016-2020, and the spending caps is expected to jump from $115 billion to $147 billion due to a request from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which says it cannot carry out the current national security strategy without additional resources …

Ft. McPherson-Tyler Perry Sale Reportedly in Trouble

  • December 7, 2014
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Filmmaker Tyler Perry is considering pulling out of a deal to purchase two-thirds of the former Fort McPherson due to the protracted nature of negotiations with the city of Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week. Perry agreed in August to purchase 330 acres of the 488-acre post on the southwest edge of Atlanta for a movie and television production complex, but now is favoring an expansion of his studio operations on property he acquired west of Atlanta, according to an individual familiar with the situation …

Confirmation Process Should Not Be Difficult for Carter

  • December 7, 2014
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Praising Ashton Carter for knowing the Pentagon “inside and out,” President Obama on Friday officially tapped the technocrat and recent deputy defense secretary to be the next civilian leader of the Defense Department. “On day one, he’s going to hit the ground running,” Obama said at the White House. The president called Carter “one of our nation’s foremost national security leaders” who has the strategic and technical background to be his fourth defense secretary. “He’s a reformer who’s never been afraid to cancel old or inefficient weapons programs …

Changes in Defense Bill Should Spur Community-Installation Partnerships

  • December 5, 2014
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Language in the compromise version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill should overcome military services’ concerns about taking advantage of the authority first enacted two years ago allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with their host communities to share support services for most municipal functions. Since section 331 was enacted as part of the FY 2013 defense authorization bill, the services had expressed concerns that the new authority conflicts with existing acquisition rules and regulations. The new language transfers section 331 from a chapter of the U.S. Code that deals with procurement to a chapter focused on real estate …

Authorization Bill Heads to Senate

  • December 5, 2014
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House lawmakers on Thursday easily passed the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, sending it to the Senate for a vote next week. The compromise measure was not the product of a formal conference, but rather was hashed out over the past two months by leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees. The committees resorted to an informal conference for the second year in a row because of the difficulty in bringing legislation to the Senate floor …

Appropriators on Track to Complete Omnibus in Time for Votes Next Week

  • December 4, 2014
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Negotiations over a fiscal 2015 omnibus spending bill should be finished in time for Congress to vote on it by Dec. 11 when the current continuing resolution runs out, the top appropriators in the House and Senate said Thursday. Appropriators plan to finish talks over the substance of the 11 spending bills slated to be included in the “CRomnibus” by Friday evening. Staff then would draft a final version over the weekend so that the legislation can be posted by Monday, Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, told reporters …

Lawmakers Forego Changes to HUBZone Program Benefitting BRAC Sites

  • December 4, 2014
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The final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill does not include a provision intended to make it easier for tenants located at closed installations to qualify for the HUBZone program, a Small Business Administration initiative offering preferential access to federal procurements to businesses in distressed areas. Language in the version passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee in May, added by Maine Sen. Angus King (I), would have expanded the geographic boundaries of HUBZones at BRAC sites to include the town or county where the installation is located, or census tracts contiguous to the installation …

BRAC Offers Growth Opportunity for Ft. Rucker, Local Advocacy Group Says

  • December 4, 2014
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The quality of life and other economic factors in southeastern Alabama make Fort Rucker a prime candidate for mission growth in a future base closure round, according to a leader of the installation’s local support group. Rodney Wolfe, chairman of Friends of Fort Rucker, cited the low cost of living, outstanding schools and highly trained workforce in Alabama’s Wiregrass region as examples of community assets that play a role in base closure decisions made by the Pentagon. “With the proper planning and preparation that is in place, BRAC could bring about the opportunity for growth at Fort Rucker …

Justification Study for New BRAC Stripped out of Compromise Measure

  • December 3, 2014
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Leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees struck language calling for DOD to prepare a comprehensive assessment of the need for additional base closures from the compromise versions of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill unveiled this week. The provision, part of the House version of the annual policy bill, was viewed by analysts as the first step toward future congressional approval for a new BRAC round. At the same time, though, the two committees acknowledged the need for the Pentagon to update the analysis of excess capacity it performed prior to the 2005 round and stated that DOD already has the authority to prepare such a study …

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