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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

Rules for Implementing Furloughs to Vary across DOD

  • July 7, 2013
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The services and other DOD organizations have set their own guidelines for carrying out the across-the-board furloughs scheduled to begin today, although most of the department’s civilians will be forced to take unpaid three-day weekends. “There’s no one set of rules,” said DOD spokesman Mark Wright. “Every office has been doing it a little differently.” A majority of defense agencies, however, will allow employees to take unpaid leave on Mondays or Fridays …

Spending to Clean Up Legacy BRAC Sites Reaches $26B

  • July 4, 2013
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Total spending on environmental remediation and ongoing operations at installations closed in the first four BRAC rounds will surpass $26 billion by the end of September, according to the report from the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. Appropriations for cleanup at legacy bases through FY 2013 total to $26.1 billion, although sequestration reduced this year’s $408.9 million allocation by an estimated $33 million …

Road Upgrades Still a Critical Need for Growth Communities, Committee Says

  • July 2, 2013
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The Defense Department needs to address “critical transportation infrastructure shortfalls” outside military installations, either through expanding the eligibility criteria for the Defense Access Roads (DAR) program or identifying other sources of funding, the Senate Appropriations Committee said in its report accompanying the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The committee’s request for the department to loosen the eligibility criteria for the DAR program — which is the only federal mechanism for the military to fund improvements to roads outside of an installation — echoes language in committee reports from previous years …

Pentagon’s Sequester Plan Delayed

  • July 2, 2013
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The Defense Department missed the July 1 deadline for submitting to Congress its plan for carrying out $52 billion in sequester cuts slated to be imposed next year. Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters that it’s unlikely the plan would be completed this week, but said DOD would submit it in the “very near future,” reported Politico. In May, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel how the military planned to deal with sequestration next year given that DOD’s fiscal 2014 budget assumes that the automatic spending cuts will not go into effect …

Senate Panel Supports DOD Initiatives to Conserve Energy, Test Microgrids

  • July 2, 2013
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The Senate Appropriations Committee said it “commends the [Defense] Department for its aggressive efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and installations, reduce consumption, mitigate its carbon footprint, invest in renewable energy projects and enhance energy security on its installations,” according to the committee report accompanying its fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The panel said it was impressed with DOD’s investments in microgrid energy security and encourages the department to continue to look for ways to promote energy independence at installations through the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) program …

Pentagon Reminds Officials Not to Use Military, Contractors to Offset Furloughs

  • July 1, 2013
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Commanders and managers should not rely on military personnel or contractors to compensate for the loss of productivity stemming from civilian furloughs, according to guidance issued last week by the Defense Department. Next week, the department is scheduled to begin furloughing about 680,000 civilian employees for one day per week through the end of September. The memo from Frederick Vollrath, DOD’s assistant secretary for readiness and force management, also reminds defense officials they cannot ask civilians affected by the furloughs to work extra hours to make up for work lost during their unpaid days off …

To Shield Defense Spending from Sequester, Budget Agreement Needed, Murray Says

  • July 1, 2013
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The only way to preserve higher, pre-sequestration spending levels for defense is for the two parties to find a way to replace the automatic spending cuts slated to go into effect in fiscal 2014, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said last week. Republicans will need Democrats to agree to change existing law if they want to keep defense spending at $552 billion in FY 2014, the chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee told her fellow Democrats. Murray wants a bipartisan deal to replace sequestration completed before lawmakers leave Washington for the August recess …

Air Force Should Consolidate Infrastructure, Senate Appropriators Say

  • July 1, 2013
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The Air Force should continue its effort to consolidate its infrastructure, according to language in the report from the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying its fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. “As the Air Force continues to scrutinize its infrastructure for savings, the committee recommends that the Air Force pay special attention to consolidating infrastructure and commands on its installations, including, but not limited to, communications, civil engineering and administrative facilities …

Offshore Drilling Would Not Threaten Hampton Roads Bases, Virginia Lawmakers Say

  • June 30, 2013
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Virginia Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) and Rep. Scott Rigell (R) say drilling for oil or gas off the state’s coast would not jeopardize the defense presence in Hampton Roads and maintain that energy exploration can be conducted in tandem with military operations on the Outer Continental Shelf. The issue is coming to a head as Congress is considering legislation to lift a federal moratorium on drilling off Virginia’s coast. On Friday, the House passed the Off Shore Energy and Jobs Act, which would open waters off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to drilling …

Pentagon Uncertain How to Interpret Provision Added to Base Closure Statute

  • June 30, 2013
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A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals an interesting split among attorneys from the office of the secretary of defense and the military services over the interpretation of a provision added in January to the statute DOD must follow to close or realign bases when a BRAC round is not in force. The fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill added language to the statute barring the department from closing or realigning an installation within five years after the date on which a decision is made to reduce the number of authorized civilian personnel …

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