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Senate Removes Commissary Privatization Program from Defense Bill

  • June 18, 2015
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The Senate on Wednesday stripped from the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill language directing the Defense Department to privatize up to five commissaries through a two-year pilot program. Lawmakers also passed a second procedural vote to end debate on the annual policy bill, setting up a final vote for passage which likely will take place Thursday. The 84-14 vote also signaled the Democrats’ decision not to filibuster the authorization bill over its reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations account to exceed the Budget Control Act spending caps. Instead, Senate Democrats will resume that fight over the defense spending bill. The party is expected to block a vote, which could come today, to debate the spending measure in the Senate …

Veto Threat is Real, White House Press Secretary Says

  • June 18, 2015
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President Obama will veto the fiscal 2016 defense spending bill absent a deal that provides budget relief to domestic agencies, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday. Earnest’s response to a reporter’s question represents a somewhat stiffer threat than the typical language the Office of Management and Budget uses in objecting to legislation, namely that the president’s “senior advisers would recommend” a veto, reported CQ. Earnest described several reasons why Obama would veto the defense spending bill unless the budget caps were lifted for non-defense agencies. “One is that the funding mechanism that Republicans have floated is one that many leading Republicans have previously described as nothing more than a gimmick …

Washington Governor Prepares for Downsizing at JBLM

  • June 18, 2015
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Wednesday directed a new state committee to craft plans to mitigate a reduction of up to 11,000 soldiers and Army civilians at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. “These are people who are going to need us in coming months by the thousands,” Inslee said. The governor expects the Army to announce next week how it will realign its forces as it eliminates up to 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, reported the News Tribune. The Army would not confirm that it will announce its second round of force reductions next week, but officials recently have been advising congressional staff and local government leaders that a decision is coming, according to the story …

DOD Selects Partner for Hybrid Wind-Solar Project at Ft. Hood

  • June 18, 2015
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Defense Logistics Agency Energy, in conjunction with the Army, this week selected Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy for a large-scale renewable energy project that will rely on an onsite solar component along with energy generated at a wind farm located 350 miles away. The hybrid project will feature a 15-megawatt (alternating current) photovoltaic solar plant at the central Texas post and 50.6 megawatts (alternating current) of wind energy from the firm’s Cotton Plains wind energy facility on the Texas Panhandle. The project will be micro-grid capable, according to a fact sheet from the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives. “We’re excited to partner with Apex Clean Energy in this first-of-its-kind hybrid project,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment …

Amid Diversification, Goodyear Continues to Leverage Presence of Luke AFB

  • June 18, 2015
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The city of Goodyear, a suburb of Phoenix located close by Luke Air Force Base, is trying to recruit a mix of civilian and defense companies to take over a 500,000-square-foot aerospace campus no longer used by Lockheed Martin. Goodyear had enjoyed an extended run as an aerospace hub since World War II, when it began to build military aircraft, before shifting to dirigibles and surveillance systems. That activity started to wind down in 2009, and when sequestration hit in 2013 Lockheed cut its workforce from 600 to 50, reported National Defense. “We would like to recruit more aviation, aerospace and cyber security companies,” said Harry Paxton, Goodyear’s economic development project manager …

Senate Could Finish Work This Week on Authorization Bill

  • June 17, 2015
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The Senate could move to a final vote on the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill before the end of the week, after the chamber on Tuesday voted to end debate on the measure. Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters, “I’m very, very guardedly optimistic that we’ll get it done by Thursday,” reported the Hill. The chamber’s debate over the annual policy bill, S. 1376, has been slowed by a dispute over amendments, but lawmakers took up three on Tuesday …

Ft. McPherson Sale to Filmmaker to Close Shortly

  • June 17, 2015
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The LRA for the former Fort McPherson is expected to close on the sale of 330 acres, about two-thirds of the 475-acre post located on the southwest edge of Atlanta, to filmmaker Tyler Perry for $30 million by the end of the month, reported the Wall Street Journal. The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority plans to acquire the installation from the Army for $26 million. The property has been appraised for as much as $75 million. Perry, best known as the creator of the “Madea” film franchise, would purchase the property for $30 million to build up to 16 sound stages for a movie and television production complex. The redevelopment authority will retain more than 144 acres that it intends to remake into a mix of shops, offices, apartments and open space …

Senate Bill Would Allow Favorable Lease Terms to Local Schools

  • June 17, 2015
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Local school systems would be able to lease property at military installations for less than fair market value, under a provision in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill now under debate in the Senate. The bill would amend 10 U.S.C. Section 2667 — the federal statute authorizing the enhanced use leasing program — to allow the military services to lease non-excess property for less than fair market value to a local education agency, or to an elementary or secondary school. The change is intended to help school systems that support military families, according to the committee report accompanying the legislation. The bill text, S. 1376, and committee report, S. Rpt. 114-49, are available on congress.gov.

Task Force’s Efforts to Support Ohio Manufacturing Facility Begin ‘To Pay Off’

  • June 17, 2015
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Task Force LIMA, the local support organization for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, is moving ahead with several initiatives to promote the government-owned, contractor-operated tank and military vehicle production facility in northwestern Ohio. The task force has reached out to the Ohio Federal and Military Jobs Commission after the manufacturing facility was ignored in the commission’s report outlining ways to boost federal and military jobs in Ohio, reported limaohio.com. The group plans to nominate a representative to serve on the commission as soon as one of the current member’s terms expires. “I think it’s really important that we now have a partner in the state of Ohio, which is a new dynamic,” said Lima Mayor David Berger …

Air Force Offers Incentives to Trim Civilian Staffing at Headquarters

  • June 17, 2015
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The Air Force this week began offering buyouts and early retirement incentives to civilian workers to help it achieve a DOD initiative to reduce headquarters costs and staff levels by 20 percent. The incentives mark the third round of the service’s current workforce reduction effort, which is designed to eliminate redundant activities and improve efficiencies. “The Air Force is committed to using voluntary separation programs as much as possible before pursuing involuntary options,” said Debra Warner, the service’s director of civilian force policy. “The Air Force is committed to sustaining excellence, meeting fiscal requirements and minimizing negative impacts on our current permanent civilian workforce and their families …

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