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Drawdown Will Hit DOD Budget Hard, Analyst Says

  • October 28, 2013
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Historic downsizing trends indicate that the planned military drawdown will bring deeper cuts to the Department of Defense budget than sequestration, according to one analyst. “I think that the sequester-level budget caps might actually be a ceiling, not a floor, for the defense budget in the coming years,” Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment said last week…

Ahead of Weds. Budget Meeting, Both Sides Say Grand Deal Unlikely

  • October 28, 2013
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President Obama said Monday he will “keep fighting” to reverse across-the-board cuts to federal agencies. The President’s remarks during an event at FBI headquarters come two days before Congressional Democrats and Republicans meet Wednesday for formal budget talks, where sequestration likely will be a point of discussion…

Carper, Coburn Point to GAO Report to Promote Bill Streamlining Property Disposal

  • October 27, 2013
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The chairman and the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee underscored the findings of a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the leasing of federal facilities to promote legislation intended to jump start the disposal of surplus buildings by the federal government. The GAO report calls on the General Services Administration (GSA) to improve how it operates leasing and capital planning programs by providing greater transparency and better management of high-value leases …

Prospect of Full-Year CR Raises Anxiety Level at Pentagon

  • October 27, 2013
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The deal reached earlier this month to end the government shutdown and fund agencies through Jan. 15 was wholeheartedly embraced by top DOD officials, but the need to operate under a continuing resolution (CR) for a minimum of three months and, possibly, for all of fiscal 2014 is creating concern at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. DOD has never operated under a year-long CR since the advent of modern budgeting in the 1970s. The deep chasm between the parties over the budget, though, means there is a distinct possibility that the only way to avert another shutdown is to pass a CR that runs through next September …

Both Sides Indicate Need to Target Sequester Cuts

  • October 27, 2013
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Comments by Democratic and Republican leaders last week signaled a common goal of addressing automatic spending cuts during deliberations of the House-Senate budget conference. Whether the two parties are willing to make the necessary compromises to “buy back” some or all of the sequester cuts is still an open question. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) seemed to create an opening when he told Bloomberg Television he would support new revenues to reach a deal …

House Republicans Urge Solution to Reverse Defense Cuts

  • October 24, 2013
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In a letter to the leaders of the House-Senate budget conference, 30 of 34 Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee urge the panel to find a way to preserve defense spending as it searches for a bipartisan agreement over the fiscal 2014 budget. The lawmakers argue that the defense budget should be set — at a minimum — above sequestration levels …

Past Drawdowns Inflicted More Severe Spending Declines, Report Says

  • October 24, 2013
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The automatic spending cuts triggered by sequestration that have been universally decried as threatening national security cut the Pentagon’s budget much less drastically than was the case during military drawdowns following past wars. As a result, defense spending could drop significantly lower than it is slated to under sequestration, which defense advocates have considered a worst-case scenario since the failure of the supercommittee, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments …

Sequester Relief Likely Best Hope for Budget Committee, Reid Says

  • October 24, 2013
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The most ambitious result that can be expected from the House-Senate budget conference is an agreement to address automatic spending cuts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday, discouraging hopes that a “grand bargain” deficit reduction deal that reforms entitlement programs and generates new tax revenue is possible. “There is not going to be a grand bargain,” said Reid …

Services to Prepare Separate FY’15 Budgets

  • October 22, 2013
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In a nod to the strong likelihood that sequestration isn’t going away anytime soon, the military services and defense agencies are preparing separate fiscal 2015 budget proposals for Congress. One will assume the deep spending cuts remain, while the other will assume Congress somehow reaches a deal to reverse them, reported CQ …

No Shortage of Interest on Budget Conference in Replacing Defense Cuts

  • October 22, 2013
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Advocates for defense spending from both parties on the House-Senate budget conference will be striving to reach agreement on a mechanism to avoid slashing DOD’s fiscal 2014 budget $20 billion below last year’s level. The FY 2014 continuing resolution signed last week continues spending on defense programs at the FY 2013 figure of $518 billion, but the 2011 Budget Control Act caps such spending this year at $498 billion …

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