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Military spouses would be compensated for the cost of renewing or transferring a professional license following a permanent change of station order, under a bill recently introduced by Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey. The measure would provide a tax credit of up to $500 for moves that cross state lines …READ MORE
For the second time this week, northern Virginia officials have received good news about the availability of federal funds to pay for critical off-installation transportation projects needed to address BRAC growth. After learning that the compromise over the fiscal 2011 budget includes up to $300 million to help accommodate the realignment of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, officials found out Wednesday that the Army is reallocating $20 million …READ MORE
More than six months into fiscal year 2011, the president is on the verge of signing a spending bill to keep the government operating until the start of the next fiscal year. The House and the Senate Thursday passed the budget agreement that averted a government shutdown one week ago …READ MORE
For members of the Army Reserve, improving the sustainability of their installations results in a variety of favorable outcomes — saving money, conserving energy and being a good steward of the environment — but it also helps bring them closer to their host communities. “We in the Army Reserve are inextricably linked to the communities, because our reserve centers are there in the communities,” said Addison “Tad” Davis IV …READ MORE
As DOD tries to cope with the long-term prospect of austere budgets and the need to trim the cost of support functions, interest in the potential savings that can be generated when a host community provides services through an intergovernmental agreement to a neighboring installation is on the rise. Last month, the city of Monterey, Calif., hosted a two-day session to explain how the partnerships the city has formed with the Presidio of Monterey and the Naval Postgraduate School have helped reduce spending on base support …READ MORE
Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, only had time for one question during Wednesday’s hearing on DOD’s fiscal 2012 budget request for military construction, but he made it pretty clear from the outset of the session that eliminating wasteful spending was one of his major priorities. His opening statement included several examples of what he termed “poor decision making …READ MORE
The decision by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to focus the Joining Forces initiative on education, employment, and mental health and wellness, came out of their visits over the past several years with military families. Education is critical concern for military children who are forced to change schools — and deal with problems related to records transfers and inconsistent grade requirements — up to six or seven times over the course of a parent’s military career …READ MORE