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  • OPM Proposes Change to Extend Special Hiring Authority for Military Spouses

    A proposed rule issued Thursday by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) would lift the two-year eligibility limitation for spouses of service members who become totally disabled or are killed while on active duty to take advantage of an existing non-competitive hiring authority. Many spouses, however, are not able to enter the workforce within the two-year window because they are still grieving, are enrolled in educational programs, or caring for their children or disabled spouse …

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  • New Tool Introduced to Aid Spousal Employment at Two Army Posts

    A Durham, N.C.-based firm will be launching its career-building platform at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Hood, Texas, to connect military spouses with information on careers, education and job openings. Pipeline, developed by Futures Inc., offers a comprehensive overview of nearly 1,000 careers identified by the Department of Labor …

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  • First-Term Senators to Lead Armed Services’ Readiness Panel

    Sens. Claire McCaskill (D) of Missouri and Kelly Ayotte (R) of New Hampshire today were named as chair and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee. McCaskill was elected to the Senate in 2006, and previously served on the readiness subcommittee. She replaces Evan Bayh …

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  • Next Stop: A New Stopgap Spending Bill

    With little optimism that lawmakers will reach agreement on a full-year fiscal 2011 spending bill over the next several weeks, House leaders have begun to craft another short-term continuing resolution to fund the federal government after the current one expires March 18. The sixth stopgap spending measure of the year likely will run for three weeks and cut $6 billion from current funding levels …

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  • McCain to Take up Defense Spending Bill Mantle

    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Wednesday vowed to introduce a full-year fiscal 2011 defense funding measure as an amendment to the next short-term continuing resolution (CR) brought to the Senate floor. “If needed, I will amend any new short-term CR to restore the full amount of defense funding that the Pentagon has repeatedly requested and that our men and women in uniform desperately need for this year,” McCain said …

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  • Changing Aberdeen’s Footprint, Transforming its Mission

    Amid dozens of BRAC recommendations intended to transform the military’s infrastructure as well as its missions, the changes occurring at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., are particularly notable, according to a two-part series this week by DOD’s American Forces Press Service. On the infrastructure side, the 2005 round is bringing significant growth — more than 6,500 people and $1 billion in construction — as well as a large-scale plan to demolish World War I-era and World War II-era buildings …

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  • Is an Airport Really on the Table at Willow Grove?

    Two Montgomery County commissioners last week raised the possibility that the reuse of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, outside of Philadelphia, could include an airport. Neither lawmaker voiced a particular position on the airport question, but both referred to the base runway as a key asset that could support economic development down the road …

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  • Senate Vote Ends Attempt to Move Defense Spending Bill Separately

    The effort by Maine Sen. Susan Collins (R) to pass a full-year fiscal 2011 defense spending bill separately came to an end Monday after the Senate voted to cut off debate on a patent reform bill. The vote, to invoke cloture, shuts down debate on unrelated amendments, meaning that Collins’ amendment could not be brought to the Senate floor for a vote …

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