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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

DOD Spending Remains Flat under FY’14 Spending Bill

  • January 14, 2014
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Topline DOD spending would be $486.9 billion in fiscal 2014 under the $1.012 trillion omnibus spending bill unveiled Monday, providing almost the same amount of funding the department was allocated last year after sequestration. The base budget recommended for the Pentagon in the omnibus, however, is $29 billion below the administration’s FY 2014 request. Still, the department is much better off than if sequestration had been imposed in the absence of the recent budget deal that eliminated $22 billion in automatic defense cuts for FY 2014 …

Milcon Spending to Rise Compared to FY’13 Post-Sequestration Level

  • January 13, 2014
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Spending for military construction and family housing programs in fiscal 2014 would rise about $1 billion from last year’s available spending level under the massive omnibus spending package unveiled Monday, solely due to the sequester cuts imposed on fiscal 2013 spending. The Defense Department only had an estimated $8.8 billion available for military construction activities in FY 2013 due to sequestration. Compared to the FY 2013 enacted level, however, spending on military construction activities in the current year would drop $817 million to $9.8 billion …

Reserve Components to Play Larger Role in Air Force, James Testifies

  • January 12, 2014
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The Air Force will rely more heavily on the Air National Guard and Reserve components, Secretary Deborah Lee James told members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force last week. The shift, intended to preserve more capabilities as the service seeks to trim its end strength, will be reflected in the fiscal 2015 budget request, said James, who was sworn in Dec. 20 as the Air Force’s 23rd secretary. The service is slated to eliminate up to 25,000 personnel over the next five years, along with other cost-saving measures …

Lawmakers to Take up Short-Term Spending Extension

  • January 12, 2014
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Congress will consider a three-day continuing resolution (CR) early next week to keep the government open after Jan. 15, even while negotiators continue to make steady progress on a 12-bill, $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. “This very short extension is needed to prevent any funding gaps as the agreement moves through the House and Senate next week,” Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said Friday in a statement …

Appropriators Indicate Need for Stopgap Funding Bill to Buy Extra Days’ Time

  • January 9, 2014
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Congress likely will need to consider a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open past Jan. 15 as appropriators believe they will need several extra days to complete a 12-bill, $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the government through the end of fiscal 2014. Negotiators are expected to reach an agreement on the massive spending bill prior to the Jan. 15 expiration of the current CR, but the House and Senate will need several days to clear the legislation …

Prospect for Stopgap Spending Bill Rises despite Progress on Crafting Omnibus

  • January 8, 2014
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Congressional appropriators continued to make progress Wednesday on resolving differences over funding and policy in the 12 bills needed to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. But with the Jan. 15 deadline for both chambers to clear a massive, $1.012 trillion spending package fast approaching, the likelihood is growing stronger that lawmakers will need to take up a short-term continuing resolution …

DOD Awards $16M Grants to Build Elementary Schools at Kansas, New Mexico Bases

  • January 8, 2014
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School districts in Albuquerque, N.M., and Junction City, Kan., will each receive $16 million grants from the Defense Department to replace elementary schools at neighboring military installations. Albuquerque Public Schools will receive $16.3 million to demolish and rebuild Wherry Elementary School located on Kirtland Air Force Base. Geary County Unified School District 475 will receive $16.1 million to build the new Fort Riley Elementary School …

Northwest Washington Installations Stand to Gain from Funding in Defense Bill

  • January 8, 2014
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The 2014 defense authorization bill, signed into law by President Obama late last month, is a boon for installations in northwest Washington, authorizing tens of millions of dollars in funding for projects at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and Naval Base Kitsap. Four construction projects were authorized at Lewis-McChord totaling $153 million, including $79 million for an aircraft maintenance hangar and $37 million for airfield improvements. Three projects were authorized at Whidbey Island, including $85 million for P-8A Poseidon hanger and training facilities …

White House’s FY’15 Budget Request behind Schedule

  • January 7, 2014
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President Obama likely will not deliver his fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress until late February at the earliest, according to budget experts. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will send its “passback guidance” — the White House’s response to an agency’s draft budget — to the Pentagon shortly, reported Defense News. Passbacks, which are followed by one or more rounds of negotiations, usually occur in late November …

Appropriators Complete Work on Defense Bill, but Omnibus Could Slip Past Deadline

  • January 7, 2014
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Congressional appropriators on Tuesday added the defense bill to the list of spending measures for which they have ironed out differences over funding levels and policy as they craft a fiscal 2014 omnibus package, but delays in reaching agreement on the last six bills could force lawmakers to take up a short-term continuing resolution (CR). Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, had hoped to finish all 12 parts of the $1.012 trillion omnibus by Wednesday to give each chamber enough time to consider the legislation before the current CR expires Jan. 15 …

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