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With less zeal, perhaps, than its counterpart in the House, the Senate subcommittee overseeing federal real estate this week began to assess the problem of how to dispose of thousands of unneeded properties, most likely though a panel similar to the BRAC commission. The hearing held by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management demonstrated that the Senate is not as far along as the House in advancing a legislative solution to the problem, but it also served as a strong indication that both chambers of Congress are interested in passing a measure shortly …READ MORE
The House leadership next week plans to ask the chamber to consider stripping out funding for veterans affairs from the fiscal 2012 military construction spending bill to test the option of splitting some of the federal government’s 12 appropriations bills into smaller parts. Because of widespread support for milcon and veterans programs, lawmakers likely will reject the maneuver …READ MORE
Syracuse University will create a first-of-its-kind national center in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues affecting veterans and their families, the school announced Wednesday along with partner JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPMorgan will spend $7.5 million over the next five years to support the launch and growth of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families …READ MORE
The enormous transformation the Army has experienced over the past 10 years — counting the shift toward modular brigades, instituting the Army Force Generation model and carrying out over 100 BRAC recommendations — has reshaped the service’s infrastructure to better support soldiers, civilians and families. With the Army on target to finish its BRAC moves in September, it will have completed $13 billion in construction and renovation, and a reorganization that has affected one-third of the service …READ MORE
Nearly five years after it was selected by the Army as its enhanced use leasing partner, Trammell Crow is close to reaching a final deal to build 10 office buildings at Fort Meade, Md. An agreement, which calls for the construction of 1.7 million square feet of office space, could be signed by August …READ MORE
Multiple bills intended to benefit military families have either passed the legislatures in Texas and Oklahoma or are under consideration. One measure under consideration in Texas is Senate Bill 1733, which would provide alternative occupational license procedures to expedite the process for military spouses to start working …READ MORE
The effort to pass legislation reauthorizing the Economic Development Administration in the Senate will need to overcome opposition from some Republicans to either trim the agency’s budget or eliminate it altogether. Several Senate Republicans oppose the measure unless the agency’s budget is cut …READ MORE