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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

McCaskill Wants More Vets Jobs, Workforce Act Renewal

  • March 19, 2014
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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) joined with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and local veterans Tuesday to request that Congress renew the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the expired law that authorizes job training programs…

Lawmakers Weigh Politics and Economics in Deciding on BRAC Rounds

  • March 19, 2014
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Lawmakers’ uncharacteristic bipartisan opposition to the DOD’s request for a new BRAC round continues to be a political hot potato, according to two recently published commentaries. The 2005 BRAC round proved to be the costliest ever, according to retired General Norton Schwartz, former Chief of Staff of the Air Force and William Murdy, chairman of Comfort Systems USA and vice chairman of the board of directors for Business Executives for National Security…

House Republicans Propose Cutting 115,000 Civilian Defense Jobs

  • March 18, 2014
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A proposal by House Republicans would cut 115,000 civilian jobs from the Department of Defense over the next six years. The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act would cut 15 percent of the DoD’s civilian workforce, saving $82.5 billion over the first five years of cuts, the bill’s sponsors argue, the Federal Times reported…

Senators Introduce Bill to Prevent Cuts to Commissaries

  • March 17, 2014
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Several U.S. senators have introduced new legislation to preserve funding for military commissaries, freezing the DOD’s FY 2015 budget proposal to cut funding to the government- subsided grocery stores. The “Military Commissary Sustainment Act,” co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Warner (D)…

Difficult Choices Shape Air Force’s Facilities Budget

  • March 17, 2014
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The Air Force’s fiscal 2015 budget request accepts risks in installation support, military construction and facilities sustainment for the short term as part of a strategic decision made in the face of fiscal constraints. “The Air Force attempted to strike the delicate balance of a ready force today and a modern force tomorrow, while also recovering from the impacts of sequestration and adjusting to budget reductions,” said Kathleen Ferguson …

If Congress Delivers Funds, DOD Will Budget for Higher Force Levels, Comptroller Says

  • March 16, 2014
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Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale pledged to eliminate the confusion over what force structure levels could be sustained under its five-year spending plan, provided lawmakers indicate they will provide the department much-needed relief from mandated spending caps. Hale’s statement came in response to a defense analyst’s criticism that the future years defense plan (FYDP) DOD released earlier this month failed to include the preferred force levels Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel indicated it would …

House Panel Hopes to Bolster Pentagon’s Milcon Request

  • March 16, 2014
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Lawmakers, surprised by the deep cut in military construction and family housing proposed by the Pentagon in its fiscal 2015 budget request, offered DOD some hope for relief during last week’s hearing by the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. “I haven’t seen requests this low for a long, long time,” said Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), the panel’s ranking member. The $6.6 billion request for milcon and family housing represents a 40 percent drop from current year funding …

Farr Presses DOD on BRAC Cleanup Funds

  • March 14, 2014
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Troubled by a steep drop in the budget to clean up installations closed during previous BRAC rounds, California Rep. Sam Farr (D) asked defense installation officials at a House hearing Wednesday to explain why the department’s unobligated balance for BRAC cleanup funds was so high. Farr said he had learned that the department had about $900 million in unobligated funds for BRAC cleanup. He was equally concerned about the fiscal 2015 budget request for $270 million for the account, which would represent a 40 percent drop in funding from this year’s allocation and a 64 percent decline from FY 2013′s allocation …

Water Seeks Higher Level among Pentagon Priorities

  • March 12, 2014
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Defense officials have begun to take a closer look at the shrinking availability of water supplies across installations and the resulting impact on readiness, with their latest efforts focused on determining which bases can be expected to face a shortage in the coming decades. As the basis of its planning effort, the Pentagon is directing installations to calculate how much water they have access to, how much they use and how much they absolutely need …

Need for BRAC is Clear, Installation Officials Tell Lawmakers

  • March 12, 2014
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A new round of base closures is needed to avoid wasting money on unneeded facilities, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday. Equally important, granting DOD the authority to realign and shutter installations also would free up defense funds for other urgent priorities, including readiness and modernization, Conger told lawmakers. The services’ installation chiefs who testified along with Conger all emphasized that they have excess capacity, a disparity that is particularly acute for the Army and Air Force …

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