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Reid Sets up Wednesday Vote on Motion Allowing CR Debate

  • September 23, 2013
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Senate Republicans are not expected to support a filibuster of the House-passed continuing resolution (CR), opening the way for Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to invoke cloture, strip out the language blocking funding for the Affordable Care Act and clear the measure by Sept. 29 before sending it back to the House. On Monday, the Senate’s minority leader and minority whip said they would not filibuster the measure. Democrats need only six Republican votes to invoke cloture to proceed to the bill and later to end debate and proceed to final passage …

Military Families Inconvenienced by Furloughs, Survey Finds

  • September 22, 2013
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Even though service members were exempt from the recent furloughs of DOD civilians, many of them felt the effects because they depend on their civilian colleagues for many services, including medical care and maintenance in military housing areas. A new survey reveals that 72 percent of middle-class military families with annual household incomes of at least $50,000 reported being adversely affected by the furloughs of civilian defense workers. Forty-six percent of respondents cited reduced hours at military commissaries and exchanges as a negative consequence of the civilian furloughs, which affected more than 650,000 employees …

Army Names Sixth Geothermal Contractor under MATOC

  • September 22, 2013
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The Army added a sixth firm, Chicago-based New Generation Power, to its pool of qualified contractors eligible to compete for geothermal projects under its $7 billion procurement to obtain renewable energy through private sector financing. The Army announced the first five firms eligible for geothermal projects in May. Last week’s award to New Generation Power completes the geothermal awards under the multiple-award, task order contract (MATOC) for now …

Federal Government to Judge Competing Visions for Moffett Field

  • September 22, 2013
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Four groups have indicated they may offer proposals to restore historic Hangar One at Moffett Field in northern California and possibly continue use of the airfield there. Earlier this year, the General Services Administration in conjunction with NASA sought proposals to use the airfield and three massive hangars, with the major hurdle being the $30 million-plus cost to restore Hangar One …

Installation Support to Drop Sharply from Historic Levels, Odierno Testifies

  • September 22, 2013
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If the spending caps triggered under sequestration continue in fiscal 2014, facilities sustainment will receive only 36 percent of historic funding levels, impairing nearly all support programs for Army installations, according to the written testimony Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno delivered last week to the House Armed Services Committee. Odierno listed municipal, fire and emergency, logistics, facilities engineering and family programs among the affected services. “For example, we will not be able to fund municipal services contracts for custodial, pest control or other services and we will be forced to eliminate nearly all preventative maintenance programs …

Republican Support May Exist in House for CR Compromise

  • September 22, 2013
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Some House Republicans may be willing to accept a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (CR) shorn of language defunding the Affordable Care Act in order to avert a government shutdown. Following Friday’s vote by House Republicans to pass a CR that would keep the government running through Dec. 15 but also block funding for President Obama’s signature health care law, the immediate attention on Capitol Hill turns to the Senate …

Labor Department Provides Aid to Workers at Texas Bases

  • September 20, 2013
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The Labor Department is providing a National Emergency Grant worth up to $4.1 million to provide re-employment assistance to about 1,120 workers affected by layoffs at Fort Hood in Killeen and the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana. The grant will provide job training for the former defense civilian workers and contractors. The grant was awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission to provide the affected workers with training and other services necessary to compete for high-demand occupations in their local areas. National Emergency Grants are part of the labor secretary’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines. “Civilian workers, who often serve alongside military service members, play an important role in defending our nation and deserve our support when layoffs occur,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

Only Half of BRAC 2005 Recommendations Intended to Save Money

  • September 19, 2013
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In remarks delivered last week at an event hosted by the Association of the United States Army, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld took Congress to task for rejecting many of the Pentagon’s cost-cutting initiatives, including carrying out a new base closure round. In trying to counter one of lawmakers’ most popular arguments against another BRAC, he pointed out that only a small part of the much-criticized, one-time, $35 billion cost to implement the 2005 round went toward closing bases …

What Changes Are in Store for the Nation’s Energy Policy?

  • September 19, 2013
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Next month’s Fourth Annual Federal Energy Workshop & Defense Energy Partnership Forum, hosted by ADC and the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP), will provide an opportunity for attendees to get the latest insight about the future direction of the nation’s energy policy. The first day of the event, scheduled for Oct. 8-9 in Arlington, Va., is intended to allow attendees to get up to speed on the key federal policies that are in flux as well as provide a forum for providing industry feedback on policies affecting federal energy opportunities …

Marines Plan East Coast Headquarters Consolidation, Senior Planning Officer Says

  • September 19, 2013
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As part of its effort to meet the fiscal constraints imposed under sequestration, the Marine Corps is planning to eliminate a three-star expeditionary force headquarters command in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and consolidate it into one East Coast headquarters in Norfolk, Va. The new command would complement an expeditionary task force headquarters in Okinawa, Japan, and one based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., that is deployable anywhere, Maj. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. said Thursday …

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