In Episode 2 of Bureauchat, Federal News Radio reporters Meredith Somers and Nicole Ogrysko catch up on vacant offices in the federal government — both the literal and bureaucratic ones. They also have a special holiday treat to get you in the mood to spread federal cheer.
The Senate stays silent on a pay raise for federal employees in its 2018 appropriations bill, meaning civilian workers are closer to a 1.9 percent boost next year.
The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process has helped the military when Congress allows it. But the BRAC process might help the VA with its realignment.
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said the legislation he recently introduced that sets up a BRAC-style commission to review medical facilities at the Veterans Affairs Department marks the beginning of a long conversation on the topic.
The Defense Department is trying a new tactic on its plea for base realignment and closure.
More than 30 think tank experts are calling for military base closures. The Defense Department says it is operating with a 22 percent excess of infrastructure.
The Defense Department is giving Congress its suggestions for the 2018 defense authorization bill. The proposal gives service members a 2.1 percent pay raise.
The Defense Department is looking to conduct another round of Base Realignment and Closure in 2021, but as usual, lawmakers are jumpy about losing military bases in their districts.
A Defense Business Board report remains a thorn in DoD’s side, even as the agency stands to get an additional $54 billion in spending for fiscal 2018.
The House Armed Services Committee’s top Democrat said Thursday that he plans to reintroduce legislation that would allow the Defense Department to conduct a new round of base realignments and closures (BRAC).
Given enough attention and commitment from the Pentagon’s top leadership, the next administration ought to be able to implement enough business reforms to wring billions of dollars a year out of the Defense Department’s budget, said Robert Hale, who managed DoD’s finances for five years from 2009-2014.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) wants DoD to recommend to Congress what bases need to be closed and let lawmakers vote on the closures individually.
Now that Congress looks poised to reject the Defense Department’s requests for another round of base realignments and closures (BRAC) for a fifth year in a row, the Air Force has decided to start its own process to calculate how valuable each of its bases actually are to the various missions it performs.
Assistant Secretary of the Army Katherine Hammack is leading the Army’s charge toward more sustainable bases. The Army has some ambitious near-term goals for energy savings.