• Mark Center to Attract Federal Funding, Moran Says

    Northern Virginia is slated to receive $20 million in funding from the Pentagon to pay for road improvements needed to accommodate increased traffic resulting from the opening of the Army’s Mark Center site in Alexandria, Va., Rep. Jim Moran (D) told the city council last week. The money would fund short and medium-term fixes to prevent congestion from worsening …

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  • Tennessee, Alabama Embrace Arsenal Newcomers

    The shorter commutes, lower cost of living and Southern hospitality won’t take long to get used to for many of the 4,700 soldiers and Army civilians moving to the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., as a result of BRAC 2005. Along with the DOD personnel moving to the Tennessee Valley, 5,000 defense and aerospace industry jobs are opening up in the region, as well as an estimated 9,000 indirect jobs …

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  • House, Senate Remain on Track to Approve Three-Week CR

    The stopgap spending bill approved Tuesday by the House is expected to be passed later this week by the Senate, keeping the federal government running for three more weeks after the current continuing resolution expires March 18. If this stopgap is cleared by Congress, party leaders will turn their focus to reaching agreement on a full-year fiscal 2011 spending bill before another short-term measure is needed …

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  • For a Third Time, Feds to Conduct Sale of Stratford Plant

    Following unsuccessful attempts to sell the 78-acre Stratford Army Engine Plant through an auction in 2008 and earlier this year, the General Services Administration now will try to sell the Connecticut property through a sealed bidding process. Bids are scheduled to be opened June 30 …

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  • Some House Lawmakers Question Earmark Ban

    As a number of House appropriators, including Democrats and Republicans, clamor for the chamber’s leaders to reconsider the ban on earmarks, senior House Republicans insist the matter has been settled. A common refrain among appropriators is that the House should clarify the definition of an earmark, reports Roll Call. One problem likely to surface during the appropriations process is project-based spending bills, including the ones that allocate spending for civil works and transportation projects …

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  • Mullen Asks Communities to Benefit from Exiting Service Members

    Communities across the nation should support service members leaving active duty, for their potential as employees and to meet their diverse needs, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the National Association of Counties earlier this month. The priorities for personnel as leave the service, with some continuing to rely on the Veterans Affairs Department for assistance, will be education, health care and employment, Mullen said …

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