DOD is now accepting pre-proposals from state and local entities and conservation groups for the 2019 Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program (REPI) Challenge, an initiative designed to leverage private and public funding to limit incompatible development in the vicinity of military installations and ranges, maintain or improve installation resilience, or relieve environmental restrictions. The 2019 REPI Challenge, which will award up to $15 million in fiscal 2019 funding, will recognize projects that enhance facilities that host key capabilities identified in the National Defense Strategy. Pre-proposals are due Jan. 25, 2019. … Civilian workers are cheaper than contractors for a majority of job functions reviewed by the office of the secretary of defense, but the results varied based on location, pay grade and task. Civilian workers are most likely to be less expensive than contractors performing the same work in the Washington, D.C., area and in the southeastern United States, with 75 percent of comparisons in the Southeast showing a higher cost for contract workers, according to the report obtained by Government Executive. Civilians were a better value at medical centers. About 56 percent of civilian logistics and depot job functions, as well as civilian science, technology, engineering and mathematics categories, were cheaper than contractors doing the same work. At child development centers, the average cost per child was 60 to 100 percent cheaper at government-run facilities that at contractor-operated facilities.
Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jarred Woods