• Democrats Want Defense Cuts as Part of a Budget Agreement

    Senate Democrats are insisting that defense spending be part of any deal to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2011. “It’s a pretty universal feeling on our side that you have to go beyond domestic discretionary to get to a number that would be a compromise number …

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  • Milcon Budget Will Be Scrutinized, Says Subcommittee Chair

    From the outset of Thursday’s hearing by the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, Chair Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) made it clear that every item in the Pentagon’s military construction budget request for fiscal 2012 will require a rigorous justification given the nation’s renewed emphasis on cutting the federal deficit. “I do not believe there is anything the department is doing that we cannot do better, and I do not believe that there is any part of the budget that can be off limits as we look for savings …

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  • BRAC Essentially on Track, Pentagon Says

    The effort to carry out the more than 200 recommendations that make up the 2005 round of base closures is expected to meet the Sept. 15 implementation deadline, according to a senior installations official at the Pentagon. “A lot of [the realignments] are already done, a lot of them are finishing now, and then there is a handful — five or six — that are bumping up against the deadline,” said Peter Potochney, director of DOD’s basing directorate …

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  • How to Unlock Financing so Developers Can Respond to BRAC Growth

    Harford County, Md., should encourage the use of tax increment financing and loan guarantee programs as a way to help developers obtain bank loans needed to build housing, offices and commercial space needed to prepare for the growth coming to Aberdeen Proving Ground, according to a new report released by a special commission established by the county executive …

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  • Gates’ Memo Outlines DOD Efficiencies to be Implemented by September

    In a memo circulated to senior DOD officials earlier this week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlines a series of cost savings and efficiency initiatives that will be implemented by September and save the department $13.6 billion over five years. Developed by internal study groups formed last fall, the “Track Four Efficiency Initiatives Decisions Memo” includes 48 pages of specific plans to save funds across the entire department. The memo outlines plans for disestablishing U.S. Joint Forces Command, eliminating personnel positions and reducing overall contractor support …

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  • Maryland’s BRAC Subcabinet Lauded

    In recognition of the innovative efforts of Maryland’s BRAC Subcabinet to help the state prepare for new missions associated with the latest base closure round, the effort received the Achievement Award for State Agency Public Service from the Maryland chapter of the American Society for Public Administration this week. Signature achievements among the subcabinet’s initiatives included establishing BRAC zones to provide financial incentives to areas that are expecting growth due to BRAC, easing the school transfer process for military children, and funding $2.8 million for higher education grants …

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