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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

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 …

Policy Bill Calls for Plan to Reorganize Pentagon Headquarters

  • January 6, 2014
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The Defense Department will need to craft a plan for reducing the number of personnel at top headquarters offices under the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill recently signed into law. Last month, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a series of austerity measures to streamline the department’s overhead, but the bill language goes further. Hagel must put together a plan for streamlining DOD headquarters “by changing or reducing the size of staffs, eliminating tiers of management, cutting functions that provide little or no added value, and consolidating overlapping and duplicative programs and offices …

Appropriators Scramble to Meet Fast-Approaching Deadline for FY’14 Budget

  • January 6, 2014
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House and Senate appropriators are trying to hash out differences over many of the 12 spending bills intended to be included in a fiscal 2014 omnibus spending package, but discrepancies over policy or funding in eight of the measures could force lawmakers to consider a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown after Jan. 15. Appropriators have agreed on spending amounts and language in four of the bills, including military construction-veterans affairs, Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Monday. Those four will definitely be included in the $1.012 trillion spending package …

Congress Heads Back to DC Facing Tight Deadlines on Spending, Debt Limit

  • January 5, 2014
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In an effort to expedite the appropriations process early in the second session of the 113th Congress, top lawmakers plan to introduce an omnibus spending bill after having ironed out differences in the 12 individual spending bills over the holiday break, CQ reported. “I think they want to do a blitzkrieg, file and move it rapidly and give people as little time as possible to cause problems,” one Republican lawmaker told CQ…

Language Directing Quick Transfer of Ft. Monroe Parcel Left out of Policy Bill

  • January 2, 2014
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A provision directing the Army to convey a 70-acre parcel at Fort Monroe that is separate from the acreage at the historic post already reverting to the commonwealth of Virginia was dropped from the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. The language from the House version of the annual policy bill possibly could have forced the Army to transfer the tract to the Fort Monroe Authority at no cost, eliminating the need for lengthy negotiations over the terms of a transfer …

Appropriators near Completion of FY’14 Spending Package

  • January 2, 2014
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Progress on crafting a $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014 is on schedule for lawmakers to take it up by Jan. 15 when the current continuing resolution runs out. Some hurdles — such as funding levels for specific projects and policy riders from earlier versions of individual spending bills — still remain, and it is unclear how soon leaders of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees will work those out, reported the Hill …

Policy Bill Bolsters Requirements for Installation Master Plans

  • December 22, 2013
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Master plans for major installations will need to be more comprehensive as the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill adds several new requirements commanders must address. The most significant element may be the requirement for the plans to consider “capacity planning through the establishment of growth boundaries around cantonment areas to focus development towards the core and preserve range and training space,” according to section 2811 of the compromise version of the legislation approved by the Senate last week …

Budget Deal Will Help Restore Decline in Readiness, Top Officials Say

  • December 22, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both applauded on Thursday the bipartisan budget deal for allowing defense spending a reprieve from sequestration’s deepest cuts over the next two years, while warning that difficult budget decisions still remain. “It’s a step in the right direction,” Hagel said during a Pentagon news briefing of the deal which has passed both the House and Senate …

Talks Underway to Strike Compromise on Defense Spending Bill, Durbin Says

  • December 19, 2013
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When it comes to the fiscal 2014 defense spending bill, the assignment for House and Senate appropriators is to find more than $20 billion in savings from the original budget plans advanced in each chamber. “Negotiations are underway. We’ve got to cut $22 billion out of our mark in the Senate,” Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), chair of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, told the Hill. “We understand this won’t be easy …

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