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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

Smith to Offer BRAC Authorization Amendment on House Floor

  • May 1, 2014
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Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, plans to offer an amendment to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill calling for a new base closure round when the legislation reaches the chamber floor. Smith, speaking Thursday at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said he doesn’t plan to offer the amendment next week when the Armed Services Committee marks up the annual defense policy bill because it would “get crushed …

Measure Would Bolster Energy Security at Installations

  • May 1, 2014
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Legislation introduced in the House and Senate Wednesday would make it easier for installations to invest in measures to increase their energy security. The DOD Energy Security Act, sponsored Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), would establish the secure energy innovation program and require DOD to develop metrics to illustrate the costs and risks associated with a prolonged lack of access to power …

House Tacks on Provision Prohibiting BRAC Round to Milcon Spending Bill

  • April 30, 2014
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The House approved an amendment to the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill Wednesday blocking DOD from proposing, planning for or carrying out a new round of base closures. The chamber passed the underlying legislation by a 416-1 vote, getting Congress off to the earliest start to the appropriations process since 1974. The milcon spending bill would provide $6.6 billion for military construction and family housing programs next year, a figure which matches the administration’s request but represents a $3.3 billion decline from the FY 2014 allocation. The measure would provide $270.1 million for the cleanup of BRAC sites, matching the Obama administration’s budget request, but representing a $181.3 million drop from current year funding. The bill would allocate $45 billion for medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, including mental health care, job training and suicide prevention efforts, reported the Hill.

Changes in Authorization Bill Intended to Overcome Concerns about Section 331

  • April 30, 2014
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New language in the portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill scheduled to be marked up Thursday by the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is intended to resolve the military services’ concerns about implementing section 331, the authority allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with a local government to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions. One hurdle to the services taking advantage of section 331 since it was enacted in January 2013 as part of the FY 2013 defense authorization bill has been concerns that the new authority conflicts with existing acquisition rules and regulations …

Policy Bill Would Resurrect DOD’s Top Installations Post

  • April 30, 2014
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The Pentagon’s top installations and environment position would remain in place, albeit with a different title, according to language in the portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is scheduled to mark up today. In December, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for merging the deputy undersecretary of defense (DUSD) for installations and environment with the assistant secretary for operational energy plans and programs as part of an effort to streamline the department’s overhead …

House Panel Sets Table for Future BRAC Round

  • April 30, 2014
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee unsurprisingly rejects the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017 according to the portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill it is scheduled to mark up this morning, but at the same time the panel calls for DOD to prepare a comprehensive assessment of the need for additional base closures. The analysis would compare 20-year force structure plans for each of the services with an inventory of their installations to determine the level of excess infrastructure throughout the department …

Subcommittee Would Block OSD Funds to Prod Pentagon to Budget for 11th Carrier

  • April 29, 2014
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The House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee plans to use the power of the purse to ensure DOD provides funding for 11 aircraft carriers. The panel would hold back half of the funding for the office of the secretary of defense (OSD) until officials commit funds needed to prepare to refuel the USS George Washington, according to the portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill the subcommittee is scheduled to mark up Wednesday …

House Panel Rejects Proposal to Trim Commissary Discount, Housing Allowance

  • April 29, 2014
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The House Armed Services’ Military Personnel Subcommittee failed to adopt the Pentagon’s plan to reduce direct subsidies for military grocery stores and slow increases in service members’ basic allowance for housing (BAH), according to the portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill the panel is scheduled to mark up on Wednesday. The changes in military pay and compensation included in the administration’s FY 2015 budget request were the Pentagon’s latest attempt to stem the growth of skyrocketing personnel costs and mitigate the impact of the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps …

Congress Will Find Funds to Retain 11th Carrier, Lawmakers Say

  • April 28, 2014
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Members of Virginia’s congressional delegation have pledged to secure the funds needed to refuel the USS George Washington, which would allow the Navy to retain 11 aircraft carriers. “I am not worried that the United States is going to lose a carrier because I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee, said at a press conference on Monday, reported the Hill. DOD’s latest five-year budget provides funding for only 10 carriers as it does not include $6 billion needed to refuel the George Washington …

Effort to Overturn National Guard Cuts Runs into Resistance on Capitol Hill

  • April 28, 2014
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Congress has historically been a reliable advocate for the interests of the National Guard, but in the latest dispute over the Army’s plan to trim the size of the Army National Guard and replace its fleet of Apache attack helicopters, many members on Capitol Hill are pushing back against the arguments of state National Guard leaders. A common refrain from lawmakers is that the cuts in the Army’s end strength forced by the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps are sufficiently deep that the Guard needs to bear some of the burden of the budget cuts …

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