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OEA Offering Support for Communities Dealing with Reductions in Defense Spending

  • May 20, 2014
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Communities responding to the cancellation of a defense contract or a major reduction in DOD spending that results in a significant economic impact can apply to the Office of Economic Adjustment for planning assistance, according to a May 20 Federal Register notice. To be eligible, state or local governments, or regional entities need to have experienced one of the following circumstances: a publicly announced planned major reduction in DOD spending; the closure or significantly reduced operation of a defense facility resulting from the merger, acquisition or consolidation of the operating contractor …

House Language Could Provide Head Start for BRAC Authorization, Conger Says

  • May 12, 2014
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Language approved by the House Armed Services Committee last week calling for a comprehensive assessment of the need for additional base closures and realignments could provide the Pentagon a jump on a new BRAC round, according to John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment. “They have given us the preamble pieces,” Conger told American Forces Press Service. “All of which take time and if we execute them, all will allow a BRAC authorization on a shorter timetable.”

New Jersey Panel Tasked with Promoting, Fortifying State’s Bases

  • May 11, 2014
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New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno (R) on Friday launched a statewide Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force, a move designed to ensure the long-term growth and viability of the state’s military bases and Coast Guard installations. The task force’s primary objectives will be to organize a broad-based coalition — including elected officials at the local, state and federal level, as well as industry leaders, veterans and concerned citizens — to promote the state’s military installations; assist in the “economic fortification” of the state’s bases by leveraging the resources of the New Jersey Partnership for Action to help retain and attract missions to New Jersey …

Revised Plan Would Ease Impact of Marines’ Realignment to Guam

  • April 20, 2014
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The Navy’s revised plan for relocating 4,700 Marines from Okinawa to Guam would extend the timetable for constructing facilities to accommodate the move from seven to 13 years, eliciting praise from the government of Guam. The plan would diminish the realignment’s impact on Guam’s infrastructure and residents, as a smaller military footprint results in a lower demand for power, water and wastewater treatment, according to the draft supplemental environmental impact statement the Navy released last week …

Maine Shipyard Provides Economic Boost for Three States

  • March 18, 2014
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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, located in Kittery, Maine, generated a $623 million economic impact for the region’s economy last year, according to a study released earlier this month by the Seacoast Shipyard Association. The total impact of the shipyard, located in Southern Maine just across the New Hampshire border, is down somewhat from 2012, when it accounted for $662 million in economic activity. In 2013, the shipyard’s 5,474 civilian employees earned $414 million, while the facility’s military payroll was $42 million …

State Commission Would Address Drop in Defense Spending, under Maryland Bill

  • February 26, 2014
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Maryland would establish a commission to consider ways to adapt to a reduction in spending by the Pentagon, under legislation introduced in both chambers of the General Assembly. The commission would conduct at least three public hearings and report recommendations to the governor and the legislature by June 1, 2015, reported the Gazette. Multiple organizations supported the bill — filed by state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. (D) and co-sponsored by 15 other senators — during a hearing held by the Senate Finance Committee last week. “As the wars abroad wind down and defense downsizing begins in earnest, we want to ensure that Maryland workers and communities are protected,” Jean Athey — steering committee chair for a coalition of political, religious, labor and other groups called Fund Our Communities — told lawmakers. “To do that, the state of Maryland needs to begin planning now,” Athey said.

Navy Postpones Move of Two Squadrons at NAS Oceana

  • February 6, 2014
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The Navy has postponed the relocation of two squadrons of F/A-18 Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., until at least 2016, a move that would have resulted in an estimated $42 million annual hit to the Hampton Roads economy. The squadrons initially were designated to be shifted to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., but in 2006 their destination was changed to the West Coast as part of the military’s pivot to Asia, reported the Virginian-Pilot. The fighter jets now are slated to move to Naval Air Station Lemoore in central California. The two squadrons are part of a total of 10 squadrons of Super Hornets that have been based at Oceana since 2008. The Navy has no plans to replace the two squadrons at Oceana after they move, according to the story.

Pentagon Narrows List of Eastern Missile Defense Sites

  • February 2, 2014
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Four locations in the eastern half of the United States, including Fort Drum, N.Y., will be the subject of two-year-long environmental impact statements to determine a potential site to host ground-based interceptors to protect the East Coast, the Defense Department announced Friday. The department’s effort to identify an East Coast missile defense site follows Congress’ direction to study at least three potential missile defense sites, including at least two on the East Coast …

President’s Minimum Wage Order Likely Limited in Scope

  • February 2, 2014
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Last week’s announcement by President Obama that he will sign an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 an hour likely will affect a relatively small number of workers. The act increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 is only expected to cover about 200,000 federal contract workers overall, since most already make more than $10.10 …

Army Embraces GAO Recommendation to Solicit Community Input for Basing Decisions

  • January 7, 2014
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The Army plans to develop guidance governing when community meetings should be used gather public input prior to making basing decisions in the future, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Army’s comments come in response to a recommendation the congressional watchdog agency made regarding the service’s extensive process to determine how it would restructure its forces to shrink its active component end strength by 80,000 soldiers, a decision which resulted in a plan to inactivate 10 brigade combat teams …

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