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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

Excess Property Legislation Calls for Pilot Program to Expedite Disposal of Federal Sites

  • July 30, 2013
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Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate intended to slash the federal government’s inventory of unneeded building and facilities includes a pilot program for streamlining the rules for disposing of surplus properties. The 2013 Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act — introduced Monday by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and committee members Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) — would provide the director of the Office of Management and Budget the authority to dispose of up to 200 properties each year, with priority going to those properties that have the highest fair market value …

Canceling Sequester Would Boost Economy in Short Term, CBO Concludes

  • July 29, 2013
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Ending the automatic cuts under sequestration would increase federal spending by $104 billion through fiscal 2014, boost economic growth by 0.7 percent and add 900,000 jobs through the same period, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Such a move, though, would harm the nation’s economy in the long run, reported the Washington Post …

DOD Expected to Reduce Civilian Furloughs, Report Says

  • July 29, 2013
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Civilian workers at DOD may not need to take 11 days of unpaid leave through September as originally planned, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Defense officials are contemplating reducing the number of furlough days by at least three days, and up to five days. The Pentagon has not yet made a final decision, but officials are closing in on an alternate way to save $900 million in the current fiscal year. An announcement is not expected this week, however. The change would not affect any decisions as to how defense officials will cope with sequestration in fiscal 2014.

Urge Your Representatives to Join the House, Senate Defense Communities Caucuses

  • July 28, 2013
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ADC needs your help to recruit the members of your congressional delegation to join the House and Senate Defense Communities Caucuses, as the House caucus needs to be re-established for the 113th Congress and the Senate caucus was newly created last month. The two chambers’ caucuses are dedicated to advancing issues facing communities with closed or active installations and serve multiple roles — promoting a dialogue on defense community issues, serving as a liaison between Congress, DOD and the private sector, and advancing legislation to strengthen defense communities …

Hearing for Navy Installations Chief Nominee includes Only Minor Bumps

  • July 28, 2013
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Dennis McGinn, President Obama’s nominee to become the Navy’s assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, received little opposition last week during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The most pointed questions came from the committee’s top Republican, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who asked McGinn about the Navy’s effort to shift toward renewable energy sources …

White House Girds for Budget Showdown in September

  • July 28, 2013
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The White House is considering adopting a hardline as it negotiates fiscal 2014 appropriations bills with Republican lawmakers, as part of a strategy to overturn sequestration. The resulting showdown in the weeks approaching the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year could force a government shutdown, assuming Republicans are equally adamant in swearing off of tax increases as a way to reduce the deficit, reported the Washington Post. The possibility that the White House would assume a more confrontational approach than it has in recent budget negotiations comes as senior advisers are becoming increasingly concerned about the viability of the president’s second-term agenda …

Budget Officials to Assess Possibility of Trimming Required Furlough Days

  • July 25, 2013
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DOD officials continue to monitor the department’s budget situation to determine if they can afford to shave the number of days of unpaid leave civilian workers are being forced to take before the end of the fiscal year. “There might be a chance of them reducing the number of furlough days. Undersecretary Hale said that is still on the table and they are looking at other areas where they are saving money,” Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) told Federal News Radio following a briefing by Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale …

White House, Senate Republicans Step up Fiscal Talks

  • July 25, 2013
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Ongoing negotiations between White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough and a group of eight Republican senators over long-term deficit reduction have entered a new stage, with the two parties now looking for ways to replace the remaining eight years of automatic spending cuts under sequestration. The talks are focusing on a handful of changes to entitlements that would generate significant savings, including a lower cost-of-living adjustment — chained CPI — and means testing for Medicare …

Congress, GSA Look to P3 to Tame Federal Real Estate Costs

  • July 24, 2013
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House lawmakers and federal officials believe public-private partnerships (P3s) are the key to helping the federal government dispose of excess properties as well as reduce its real estate costs. “The question is, can we provide that space in a more cost effective manner? P3s effectively used have the potential to help leverage private expertise in meeting those needs and developing and restoring agency properties,” said Rep. Lou Barletta …

Spending Bill Amendment Aimed at Underutilized Facilities

  • July 24, 2013
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Language adopted Tuesday by House lawmakers barring the Defense Department from spending money maintaining facilities it no longer uses is intended to eliminate wasteful spending, according to the office of Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy, who sponsored the amendment. The provision, approved during debate over the fiscal 2014 defense appropriations measure, is not targeted at installations closed through BRAC …

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