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Pain of Sequestration to Linger, Installation Officials Say

  • June 13, 2013
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Installation funding is bearing the brunt of the impact from the automatic spending cuts triggered under sequestration in fiscal 2013, forcing the services to skimp on facilities sustainment and slash base operating support budgets, according to the military’s top installation officials. The three services have been deferring virtually all non-emergency maintenance — funded under the sustainment, restoration and modernization account — at their installations. Base operating support has been cut drastically as well, with the Navy slicing that account by more than 50 percent …

Defense Spending Bill Advances to House Floor

  • June 13, 2013
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The House Appropriations Committee passed a $512.5 billion fiscal 2014 defense spending bill Wednesday despite protests from Democrats that the measure breached spending caps under sequestration at the expense of domestic programs. The measure’s $512.5 billion topline for the base budget would represent a $5.1 billion drop below the FY 2013 enacted level and a $3.4 billion decline from the president’s request. The topline figure is $28.1 billion above the spending cap under sequestration for FY 2014, however, which also includes military construction and the Energy Department’s nuclear program …

House, Senate Committee Take up Defense Policy Bill

  • June 12, 2013
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Action on the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill began in the House Wednesday, with Armed Services Committee leaders delivering open statements on the floor during the evening, and the Rules Committee considering amendments. House members will begin to debate a long list of amendments Thursday, a slog which could keep them in session late into the night …

Contractors Not Exempt from Spending Cutbacks, Hale Says

  • June 11, 2013
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The $37 billion in sequester cuts the Pentagon is taking in fiscal 2013 likely will result in a “sharp drop” in contractors, Comptroller Robert Hale told the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on Tuesday. “The majority of [the sequester] is going to come out of contractors — about $2 billion will come out of furloughs,” Hale told lawmakers, reported American Forces Press Service. That means a drop in the number of contractors in the department. “I don’t know yet how much, because the year isn’t over, but I think there will be a sharp drop,” Hale said. He told the subcommittee that about 700,000 contractors work throughout DOD.

Skimping on Facilities Funding Yields False Savings, House Appropriators Say

  • June 11, 2013
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The House Appropriations Committee questions the Defense Department’s claim that trimming funding for facility sustainment produces savings, according to its draft report accompanying the fiscal 2014 defense spending bill. The committee notes that its report accompanying the FY 2012 defense spending bill expressed concern over many of DOD’s proposed efficiency savings. “In particular, the report stated that ‘more troubling were instances in which underfunding valid requirements were claimed as efficiencies,’ including the decision to underfund base facility sustainment requirements and claim the reductions as infrastructure savings …

White House Veto Threat over Authorization Bill Cites BRAC Request

  • June 11, 2013
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Language in the House version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill precluding the Pentagon from planning for a new BRAC round was one of a multitude of provisions that prompted a veto threat from the White House on Tuesday. The statement said the administration “strongly objects” to the provision, which would prohibit DOD from spending any funds to “propose, plan for, or execute” an additional BRAC round …

Senate Panel Rejects Request for BRAC Round in 2015

  • June 11, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee failed to endorse the Pentagon’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it marked up Tuesday. Chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said DOD cannot afford the upfront investment to carry out a new round and pointed to the dramatic rise in implementation costs for the last round over the department’s initial estimate in explaining the panel’s decision …

House, Senate Budgets to Flout Defense Spending Caps

  • June 10, 2013
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House Republicans and Senate Democrats are expected to keep defense spending plans on a course that calls for automatic spending cuts once again as appropriators in both chambers move fiscal 2014 appropriations bills that breach the $498 billion cap on security spending. On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee marks up a defense spending measure that will provide $512.5 billion for DOD. Even without the $10.0 billion the House allocated for military construction in a measure passed last week, the figure breaches the spending limit. The $498 billion cap also needs room for about $18 billion for the Energy Department’s atomic weapons program and $2 billion for Homeland Security …

Senate Panel to Ignore Administration’s BRAC Request, Report Says

  • June 10, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee will not authorize the Pentagon to conduct a BRAC round in 2015 in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it is scheduled to mark up today, according to a summary of the legislation obtained by CQ. The news comes as no surprise. At a hearing in April, the subcommittee’s chairwoman and ranking member both voiced their opposition to a new round of base closures …

DOD Adds Personnel Data to Annual Inventory of Facilities

  • June 9, 2013
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The Defense Department has upgraded the personnel data included in its annual Base Structure Report, allowing readers to see official personnel data for every U.S. installation. In previous years the report included personnel information, but with the caveat that the data was only being used to show the magnitude of size of a location and should not be considered official data. Now the FY 2013 Base Structure Report will feature a new section with data provided by the office of the undersecretary for personnel and readiness …

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