• Next Step Legislation, Following Hearing on Civilian BRAC Commission

    Following a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday intended to assess whether a BRAC-like process could help the federal government eliminate thousands of excess properties and save taxpayers billions of dollars, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), chairman of the panel, said he would move ahead with plans to introduce legislation authorizing the government to establish a civilian BRAC commission. “I am glad that the Office of Management and Budget agrees with my goals for a civilian BRAC commission and I look forward to working with the administration to move a bill through Congress to save billions of taxpayer dollars …

  • Talks to Avert Federal Shutdown Continue

    With less than three days before a government-wide shutdown could begin, negotiators from both parties continued discussions over an agreement to fund federal operations for the remainder of fiscal 2011. At press time, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) were scheduled to meet with President Obama for the second consecutive day in hopes of finding a compromise …

  • Pentagon Prepares for Possible Shutdown

    Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn is developing guidance for the military services and defense agencies outlining how they should plan for a potential shutdown of the federal government. The guidance, scheduled to come out shortly, would help officials determine what missions are essential and what personnel would be needed to carry them out …