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Amid a flurry of proposals sent by fellow lawmakers last week to the congressional deficit reduction committee, the chairman of the Senate subcommittee overseeing federal real estate offered the panel a plan to encourage federal agencies to dispose of thousands of unneeded properties. While it shares many of the same goals as legislation currently moving in the House, the plan submitted by Sen. Tom Carper seems to differ in many respects …READ MORE
Congressional leaders in the House and Senate appear to favor moving fiscal 2012 spending bills in several smaller packages rather than in one comprehensive omnibus measure. House Speaker John Boehner has not committed to one approach, but last Thursday said he is disinclined to consider going the omnibus route …READ MORE
A controversial provision requiring the federal government to sell the Washington headquarters of the Department of Energy, among other properties, likely will sink the prospects of legislation that would create a civilian BRAC commission from becoming law, reports the Washington Business Journal …READ MORE
The area surrounding Marine Corps Base Quantico in northern Virginia has skirted significant increases in traffic and school enrollment after adding nearly 3,000 new jobs to the installation, according to the Quantico Growth Management Committee. Many workers are commuting from their homes in the Washington, D.C., metro area rather than moving to the Potomac communities …READ MORE
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Armed Services Committee urged the congressional deficit reduction committee Thursday to resist slashing defense spending beyond the $450 billion in cuts agreed to under August’s debt ceiling deal, stressing that the military already has taken on its fair share of budgetary savings. “Further reductions could undermine national security …READ MORE
A measure creating a civilian BRAC commission to expedite the disposal of unneeded federal properties, saving an estimated $15 billion, was approved Thursday by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The legislation would establish a framework through which an independent commission would review federal properties and make recommendations for consolidations …READ MORE
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reiterated the principles that are guiding the Pentagon’s strategic review of the department’s budget while testifying before the House Armed Services Committee Thursday, but offered only a glimpse of the tough choices officials are facing. As the department looks for $450 billion in savings over the next decade, officials are scrutinizing a range of military policies and programs, including force structure reductions, troop basing, personnel and benefits, and weapons systems …READ MORE