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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

House Adds BRAC Prohibition to Milcon Spending Bill

  • June 4, 2013
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The House approved language barring the Pentagon from proposing, planning for or carrying out a new base closure round during its debate Tuesday over the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), parallels language in the House version of the FY 2014 defense authorization bill. The ban is needed to ensure “the limited resources we have are used to address current mission and readiness needs …

Budget Cuts Likely to Remain Next Year, DOD Official Says

  • June 3, 2013
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DOD’s top acquisition official warned Navy contractors that they should prepare for the likelihood that deep spending cuts required under sequestration will continue next year. “It’s a reasonable possibility that we will go into 2014 with sequestration still underway,” Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said Monday. “A lot of things we planned on doing we won’t be able to do …

Oklahoma’s Inhofe Defends Service Members, Families, Veterans

  • June 3, 2013
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As the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee and previously as senior member of the panel, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has been a long-standing champion for the military, the men and women who defend the nation, military families and veterans. In recognition that a strong national defense is one of the most important functions of the federal government, the four-term senator has continually fought to ensure the armed forces have the resources they need to fulfill their mission and the military budget remains a fixed percentage of the gross domestic product …

White House Threatens to Veto Milcon Spending Bill

  • June 3, 2013
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The White House Monday threatened to veto the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veteran affairs in a statement indicating President Obama wouldn’t sign any appropriations bills until the two parties first reach an agreement over the topline spending level for next year. The Office of Management and Budget issued a statement saying the president would veto all spending bills unless they pass Congress “in the context of an overall budget framework that supports our recovery and enables sufficient investments in education, infrastructure, innovation and national security for our economy to compete in the future …

House Armed Services Releases Chairman’s Mark for Authorization Bill

  • June 3, 2013
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As expected, the chairman’s mark for the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill bars DOD from proposing, planning or initiating a new round of BRAC, echoing the prohibition in the portion of the annual policy bill marked up by the House Armed Services’ Readiness subcommittee last month. The bill rejects the department’s other belt-tightening measures as well, including new healthcare fees and the smaller military pay raise included in the administration’s budget request …

Think Tanks Implore Policymakers to Approve BRAC, Other Budget Reforms

  • June 3, 2013
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Launching a new base closure round would be a critical first step in helping the Pentagon address the spending pressures threatening the long-term viability of the nation’s security, according to a letter published Monday by a group of 10 think tanks spanning the ideological spectrum. “It is our shared belief that the Department of Defense urgently needs to close excess bases and facilities, reexamine the size and structure of the DOD civilian workforce, and reform military compensation,” stated the letter signed by 25 analysts from organizations including the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for a New American Security, the Stimson Center and the Brookings Institution …

North Dakota’s Newest Senator Quickly Adopts Her State’s Defense Communities

  • June 2, 2013
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Since her swearing-in in January, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has quickly become engaged in defense community issues, meeting multiple times with North Dakota’s defense community leadership in Minot, Fargo, Bismarck and the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee in just the early months of her first term. Heitkamp has been instrumental in her advocacy for North Dakota’s defense community priorities, including bringing the next tanker mission to Grand Forks Air Force Base and ensuring the top leaders at DOD understand the importance of maintaining and modernizing the nation’s nuclear triad, a critical mission for Minot AFB …

Carter Directs Officials to Plan for Spending Cuts in FY’14, FY’15

  • June 2, 2013
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Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter has directed senior officials to develop several scenarios for implementing sequester cuts in fiscal 2014. In a May 29 memo, Carter instructs officials to generate options for FY 2014 spending under two assumptions — one with a 10 percent cut across-the-board, and one with a 10 percent cut that allows managers to shift funds among accounts. Those results are due July 1 …

Ten States Account for Majority of Civilian Furloughs

  • May 30, 2013
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Ten states will account for a little more than half of the 680,000 DOD civilians that will be forced to take up to 11 days of unpaid leave over the last three months of the fiscal year, according to data provided by the Defense Department. Virginia would have the most workers affected, 72,000, followed by California (57,000), Texas (45,000) and Maryland (41,500), reported Bloomberg News. The rest of the top 10 are: Georgia — 32,000 civilian employees; Florida — 28,500; Alabama — 22,600; Ohio — 22,000; Oklahoma — 22,000; and Pennsylvania — 21,600. The combined economic impact of the furloughs — 11 days for most workers — in the 10 most affected states is $1.2 billion in lost wages, based on an average of $3,300 per worker. The furloughs are expected to save the Pentagon a total of $1.8 billion.

Lawmakers Continue to Push off Difficult Decisions over DOD Budget Cuts

  • May 30, 2013
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The fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that the House Armed Services Committee is scheduled to mark up next week ignores the spending caps set in current budget laws, setting up the Pentagon for a second year of across-the-board budget cuts. If Congress ultimately clears a defense authorization bill and defense spending bills that bust the spending limits, funding levels would need to be significantly trimmed through another sequester …

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