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Veterans Would Pay In-State Tuition at All Public Universities, under House Bill

  • April 25, 2013
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Public universities would be required to charge, at most, in-state tuition to all veterans regardless of whether they are residents, under legislation approved Thursday by the House Veterans’ Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee. H.R. 357 — introduced by the Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and ranking member Mike Michaud (D-Maine) — is intended to expand the educational choices available to veterans taking advantage of their benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill …

House Armed Services Panels to Mark up Authorization Bill next Month

  • April 25, 2013
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, which is responsible for BRAC policy and other installation-related matters, will mark up its portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill on May 23, the full committee announced Thursday. The committee’s other five subcommittees will mark up their sections of the annual policy bill from May 22-23. The full committee will mark up the legislation on June 5. All of the House markups will be open and streamed live on the web …

FY’14 Spending Bills Will Require Difficult Choices, House Spending Chief Says

  • April 25, 2013
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House Appropriations Chair Harold Rogers [...]

Overseas Review Prerequisite for BRAC Authorization, Committee Indicates

  • April 25, 2013
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In addition to citing multiple reasons why it’s not the right time to go ahead with another round of base closures, the leaders of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee on Wednesday indicated that the Defense Department needs to complete the review of its European footprint now under way before Congress could approve a domestic base-closing exercise. “I think it’s very difficult for this body to even consider undertaking a domestic BRAC round without a full consideration of which bases could be consolidated and/or closed overseas, given that the interest has always [been] to have domestic capacity foremost,” said the subcommittee’s ranking member, Kelly Ayotte …

House May Move Slowly on FY’14 Spending Bills

  • April 25, 2013
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Until a deal is reached between Democrats and Republicans over topline discretionary spending for fiscal 2014, the House may consider only a small handful of individual spending bills, including defense and military construction-veterans affairs. As things stand now, House appropriators favor a government-wide spending level of $967 billion for next year, which reflects an assumption that the spending caps under sequestration will remain in effect. Senate Democrats, on the other hand, plan to set fiscal 2014 discretionary spending at the pre-sequester level of $1.058 trillion, a $91 billion difference …

Pentagon Not Waiting for Next BRAC, DOD Official Says

  • April 24, 2013
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Defense officials are considering approaches beyond BRAC to reduce the department’s infrastructure costs, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told lawmakers Wednesday. “We’re not sitting idle waiting for BRAC; that’s why we kicked off the European round already,” he told the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee …

Air Force Exploring Installation-Community Partnerships, Ferguson Testifies

  • April 24, 2013
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The Air Force and more than a dozen of its host communities are embracing the use of partnerships to help trim base operating costs, the service’s top installations official told the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee Wednesday. “Installation-community partnerships are one approach to reducing operating and service costs while enhancing and retaining quality,” Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, told lawmakers …

Senate Readiness Panel Remains Skeptical of Need for BRAC

  • April 24, 2013
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For anyone who’s followed Congress’ response to the Obama administration’s request to hold a new base closure round in 2015, Wednesday’s hearing of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee must have brought on a sense of déjà vu. Like last month’s hearing on the House side, the panel’s chairman and ranking member each voiced their opposition to a new BRAC round during their opening statements. Subcommittee Chair Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) reminded the DOD witnesses that she opposed the administration’s request last year for two rounds and declared that nothing has changed since then …

Senate Confirms Official for DOD Readiness Slot

  • April 23, 2013
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The Senate last week confirmed Frederick Vollrath to be assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management. Vollrath, who had been the principal deputy assistant secretary for readiness and force management, already had been serving as the assistant secretary on an interim basis. The position is responsible for policy in the areas of civilian and military personnel, readiness of the force, and military communities and families …

Army End Strength Could Drop by 100,000 if Sequestration Remains in Effect

  • April 23, 2013
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The Army could be forced to eliminate at least 100,000 soldiers over the coming decade if sequestration remains in effect through fiscal 2021, the service’s top officials told lawmakers Tuesday. “One hundred thousand is the minimum,” Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “If it goes to full sequestration, it will probably be more than that …

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