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Defense Lobbying Shifts from Capitol Hill to Pentagon

  • April 20, 2014
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Even as lobbyists gear up for markups of the defense authorization bill and spending bills, much of their attention has shifted to the Defense Department as spending caps and earmark bans limit the power of lawmakers. “We’re not doing the retail lobbying on the Hill anymore,” one lobbyist told CQ. “I’m only hiring people who know their way around the Pentagon.” The change comes as lawmakers have lost much of their influence on spending decisions …

BRAC Criteria Need to Account for Intellectual Resources, House Panel Says

  • April 17, 2014
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The Pentagon should take into account the “intellectual capabilities” of the region surrounding an installation under consideration for realignment or closure, according to the report of the House Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The committee recommends that DOD add a new factor to the final BRAC selection criteria that takes into account a region’s intellectual capabilities, especially when considering academic and technical institutions …

Senate Hearing to Provide Joint Chiefs Chance to Defend Cuts in Benefits

  • April 17, 2014
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The Senate Armed Services Committee is providing the Joint Chiefs of Staff a rare opportunity to make clear the tradeoff between accepting the changes in military pay and compensation the Pentagon has proposed or risking further deterioration in the military’s readiness. The May 6 hearing is slated to include testimony from all seven of the four-star officers that make up the Joint Chiefs of Staff. To mitigate the impact of spending caps initially mandated in the 2011 Budget Control Act, defense officials have looked for savings in skyrocketing personnel costs. The cutbacks to compensation included in the department’s five-year budget would save $2.1 billion next year and $30 billion through fiscal 2019 …

Air Force to Eliminate 2,700 Civilian Positions in FY’15

  • April 16, 2014
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The Air Force plans to trim its civilian workforce from 186,026 employees to 183,328 through a combination of early retirements, buyouts and attrition. The elimination of 2,698 positions comes as the Air Force searches for ways to cope with spending caps first mandated in the 2011 Budget Control Act, reports the Federal Times. “Our entire workforce — military, civilian and contractor — must be appropriately sized to support and execute our piece of the National Defense Strategy while concurrently considering fiscal realities …

Lawmakers Want Better Data on Underutilized Property at Installations

  • April 16, 2014
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The House Appropriations Committee has asked the Pentagon to prepare a plan for maximizing the use of its facilities in an effort to cut costs, according to its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The panel said it was concerned that DOD is not updating its non-BRAC real property inventory database in a timely fashion, hindering the department’s ability to “maximize the utility of existing real property and to reduce taxpayer expenses …

Pay, Benefits Reform is Needed, Marine Corps’ Enlisted Leader Tells Lawmakers

  • April 15, 2014
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The highest ranking enlisted Marine is under fire from his own troops after telling a congressional panel that a deterioration in readiness due to sequestration is more harmful to personnel than moderate cuts to pay and benefits. Marines are not running around thinking about “compensation, benefits or retirement modernization,” Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett told the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee last week …

Army Needs to Help Communities Understand Impact of Privatized Lodging, Panel Says

  • April 15, 2014
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The owners of hotels outside military installations that have privatized lodging are concerned on-post facilities could gain an unfair competitive advantage, according to the report of the House Appropriations Committee accompanying its fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. Their concern stems from the possibility that hotels developed under the Privatized Army Lodging (PAL) program could be made available to the general public while also benefitting from hotel stays made by soldiers who are traveling …

DOD Report Reveals Extent of Facility Budget Cuts under Spending Caps

  • April 15, 2014
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Spending on installation services, facilities sustainment and military construction would be trimmed by $17.5 billion if the defense budget were held at sequester levels from fiscal years 2016-2019, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pentagon. The Army would be forced to make the most far-reaching reductions to installation services, with the report projecting it would need to cut spending by $3.8 billion over the four-year period. The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps are projected to cut installations services spending by a total of $1.0 billion from FY 2016-2019, compared to the department’s five-year spending plan submitted as part of its FY 2015 budget request …

Air Force Has Few Options In Light of Capitol Hill Opposition to BRAC

  • April 14, 2014
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Despite serious problems created by declining budgets, Congress remains adamantly opposed to a new round of base closure, leaving the Air Force with few options for cutting costs associated with installations. “The department is facing a serious problem created by the tension of declining budgets, reductions in force structure and limited flexibility to adapt our infrastructure accordingly,” said John Conger…

Are Military Housing Needs in Conflict with Training Lands, House Panel Asks

  • April 13, 2014
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An urgent need to expand military housing for personnel and their families at some installations potentially could force officials to convert property designated for training, the House Appropriations Committee states in its report accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. To alleviate the demand for additional housing at affected installations, the committee urges DOD to work with state and local governments, along with nongovernmental entities, when development is supported by the community …

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