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Posts Tagged ‘appropriations’

No Plans to Close Commissaries, Dempsey Says

  • January 28, 2014
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The Pentagon has not decided to close military grocery stores, but officials are looking for savings anywhere possible to mitigate the impact of budget constraints, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday. Officials asked the Defense Commissary Agency to assess the impact of reducing or eliminating taxpayer subsidies for the system, Dempsey said. Military exchanges do not receive a federal subsidy, and the same potential exists with commissaries, he noted …

Ayotte Warns Air Force against Making Preparations to Retire A-10s

  • January 27, 2014
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Efforts by the Air Force to prepare to retire its A-10 fleet would violate the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) wrote Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week. “It has come to my attention that the Air Force may be taking steps to prepare to retire the A-10 in violation of current law,” Ayotte wrote in a letter Friday, reported the Hill. The FY 2014 defense policy bill states that the service “may not retire, prepare to retire or place in storage” any additional A-10 Warthogs during the fiscal year …

Long-Term DOD Budget Would Ignore Sequester Spending Caps

  • January 26, 2014
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The White House draft of the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget request allows defense spending to exceed the caps included in the 2011 Budget Control Act starting in FY 2016, reports Bloomberg. The topline spending level for the department in FY 2015 — not including war spending, military construction or Energy Department programs — is about $498 billion as called for under last month’s bipartisan budget deal. That deal reversed $9 billion in FY 2015 sequester cuts …

Governors Urge Administration to Protect Air Guard from Budget Cuts

  • January 23, 2014
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The nation’s governors are calling on the Pentagon to shield the Air National Guard from “disproportionate and damaging” cuts as it prepares its fiscal 2015 budget request. “Reductions in personnel and equipment are inevitable as we transition from war to peace, but they should not adversely affect states nor come at the expense of lost capabilities,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said last week during the National Governors Association’s State of the States address in Washington, D.C. “The Guard is a ready, capable and experienced fighting force, but they are also essential to their states and communities here at home …

Omnibus Retains Restriction on Underutilized Facilities

  • January 23, 2014
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The Defense Department is barred from spending fiscal 2014 funds maintaining facilities it no longer uses, according to the omnibus spending bill signed into law last week. The language — originally added on the House floor last July to that chamber’s version of the defense spending bill — is intended to eliminate wasteful spending by the department and is not targeted at installations closed through BRAC …

Defense Committees Take on New Leadership

  • January 23, 2014
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Retirements at the end of the year by the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, along with the recent deaths of two long-time appropriators, are resulting in a rapid turnover of the leadership of four defense panels. The retirement announcement last week from Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of House Armed Services, follows the earlier retirement announcement from Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.). As a result, both committees will have new leaders in the 114th Congress …

White House to Release FY’15 Budget in Early March

  • January 23, 2014
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The White House has settled on March 4 as the date it will submit the fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress, a one-month delay caused by lawmakers’ failure to complete work on the FY 2014 budget before last week. The Office of Management and Budget began doing “passbacks” this week, the process in which the White House delivers its response to agencies’ draft budgets, reported CQ. Passbacks typically are followed by one or more rounds of negotiations …

Omnibus Still Leaves Deep Spending Cuts Looming, DOD Official Says

  • January 16, 2014
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The fiscal 2014 omnibus spending bill provides the military a measure of relief from deep sequester cuts but still leaves defense officials “to face some tough decisions about the future of our force,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters Thursday. “We are still absorbing nearly $30 billion over the next 10 years that were not accounted for in the presidential budget submission,” Kirby said in reference to the gap between the funding allocated for defense in the omnibus and the administration’s original budget request …

Appropriators Urge DOD to Eliminate Spending on Excess Property

  • January 15, 2014
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The House and Senate Appropriations Committees highlighted the importance of eliminating “wasteful spending” on unused properties rated at “zero percent utilization,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the military construction portion of the fiscal 2014 omnibus. “The DOD is urged to manage its facilities and properties in a responsible manner that does not waste taxpayer resources,” the appropriators added. Appropriators also emphasized their support for projects that promote conservation, green building initiatives, renewable energy and energy security …

Omnibus Advances to Senate

  • January 15, 2014
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By a 359-67 margin, the House on Wednesday easily approved an omnibus spending measure needed to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. The next stop for the $1.1 trillion measure, which includes all 12 of the annual appropriations bills, is the Senate, where it could be considered as soon as Friday. The omnibus is expected to pass that chamber without any difficulty as well …

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