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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

Committee Leaders Troubled by Budget Scenarios

  • July 31, 2013
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Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said there are “a lot of bad options” for DOD, after attending a briefing on the results of the department’s review of ways to deal with sequestration. Levin said he hopes the Strategic Choices and Management Review will spur lawmakers to reach agreement to reverse spending caps that will force the Pentagon to pare $52 billion from its fiscal 2014 budget. “We’ve got additional ammunition if we needed it, but [there is] plenty existing already …

Worst Case Fiscal Scenario Would Force Further End Strength Cuts, Hagel Says

  • July 31, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday outlines a series of scenarios for dramatically cutting the size of the nation’s ground forces, along with further reductions in overhead at headquarters, that constituted the Pentagon’s first serious attempt to grapple with the possible need to eliminate up to $1 trillion in defense spending through fiscal 2021. Hagel’s presentation was the first public release of the results of the Strategic Choices and Management Review intended to help the department cope with the unprecedented budget uncertainty stemming from sequestration. Perhaps the most striking conclusion of the assessment, Hagel noted, was that even if officials implement the full complement of reductions to force structure, modernization programs, management and overhead, and compensation and benefits identified in the review, the savings still would fall short of meeting the required sequester cuts in the early years of implementation …

Committee Endorses Nomination of Navy Installations Chief

  • July 30, 2013
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Dennis McGinn moved one step closer to being confirmed as the Navy’s assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, after his nomination was approved Tuesday by the Senate Armed Services Committee. The nomination of McGinn, outgoing president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy, now goes to the full Senate. It is not clear whether a confirmation vote will take place before lawmakers leave Washington at the end of the week for their August recess …

No Decision Yet on Reducing Furloughs, Pentagon Official Says

  • July 30, 2013
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The Defense Department has not made a decision to cut the number of furlough days for civilian workers, a DOD spokesman said Tuesday, one day after media reports stated that officials are planning to reduce the number of unpaid days off civilians are required to take by at least three days, and up to five days. On Monday the Associated Press reported that an announcement is not expected this week, however …

Senate Panel Advances DOD Spending Bill

  • July 30, 2013
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The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a fiscal 2014 spending bill that would provide DOD $516.4 billion in base spending, a figure that is in line with the president’s request and the House’s version of the measure but ignores $52 billion in cuts under sequestration. Congress needs to deal with the automatic spending cuts or the department will face more painful budget decisions next year than it has so far in FY 2013, Subcommittee Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said during the bill’s markup. “Civilian workers will have to be laid off, rather than simply furloughed …

Excess Property Legislation Calls for Pilot Program to Expedite Disposal of Federal Sites

  • July 30, 2013
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Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate intended to slash the federal government’s inventory of unneeded building and facilities includes a pilot program for streamlining the rules for disposing of surplus properties. The 2013 Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act — introduced Monday by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and committee members Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) — would provide the director of the Office of Management and Budget the authority to dispose of up to 200 properties each year, with priority going to those properties that have the highest fair market value …

Canceling Sequester Would Boost Economy in Short Term, CBO Concludes

  • July 29, 2013
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Ending the automatic cuts under sequestration would increase federal spending by $104 billion through fiscal 2014, boost economic growth by 0.7 percent and add 900,000 jobs through the same period, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Such a move, though, would harm the nation’s economy in the long run, reported the Washington Post …

DOD Expected to Reduce Civilian Furloughs, Report Says

  • July 29, 2013
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Civilian workers at DOD may not need to take 11 days of unpaid leave through September as originally planned, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Defense officials are contemplating reducing the number of furlough days by at least three days, and up to five days. The Pentagon has not yet made a final decision, but officials are closing in on an alternate way to save $900 million in the current fiscal year. An announcement is not expected this week, however. The change would not affect any decisions as to how defense officials will cope with sequestration in fiscal 2014.

Urge Your Representatives to Join the House, Senate Defense Communities Caucuses

  • July 28, 2013
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ADC needs your help to recruit the members of your congressional delegation to join the House and Senate Defense Communities Caucuses, as the House caucus needs to be re-established for the 113th Congress and the Senate caucus was newly created last month. The two chambers’ caucuses are dedicated to advancing issues facing communities with closed or active installations and serve multiple roles — promoting a dialogue on defense community issues, serving as a liaison between Congress, DOD and the private sector, and advancing legislation to strengthen defense communities …

Hearing for Navy Installations Chief Nominee includes Only Minor Bumps

  • July 28, 2013
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Dennis McGinn, President Obama’s nominee to become the Navy’s assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, received little opposition last week during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The most pointed questions came from the committee’s top Republican, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who asked McGinn about the Navy’s effort to shift toward renewable energy sources …

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