(October 26, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered a temporary halt to the controversial effort to recoup re-enlistment bonuses that were improperly paid to thousands of California National Guard members. His decision today ends for now what has become a hot potato for the Pentagon, the... Read more
Washington Report (October 25, 2016) Everybody seems to be weighing in on the effort by the Pentagon to recoup re-enlistment bonuses improperly paid to thousands of California Guardsmen 10 years ago when the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were raging. Soldiers are being asked to repay bonuses of $15,... Read more
Washington Report (October 18, 2016) A retired Marine general says in his new book that adding more to Congress likely would break the gridlock that prevents anything from getting done. “I really do believe that,” retired Maj. Gen. Arnold L. Punaro told DoD Buzz, an online journal that covers... Read more
Washington Report (October 4, 2016) A congressman is taking aim at military memorabilia collectors with legislation that would make selling the Purple Heart illegal. Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., a former Marine, introduced the bill last week and said, “These military collectors cheapen the Purple... Read more
(September 29, 2016) The Senate approved legislation today that would prevent some Air National Guard remotely piloted aircraft units from paying significantly higher lease payments at civilian airports. The bill, H.R. 5944, recognizes the RPA mission as aeronautical under the Federal Aviation... Read more
Washington Report (September 27, 2016) With the possibility of a government shutdown at the end of the week, the NGAUS legislative staff expects Congress to pass some sort of bill to keep the government running, but there are still discrepancies that need to be worked out in the Senate. The Senate... Read more
Washington Report (September 20, 2016) A report from the Congressional Research Service has uncovered what military planners already know: A continuing resolution causes frustration and puts readiness at risk, according to a report in Politico, a publication that covers Capitol Hill. The study... Read more
Washington Report (September 12, 2016) Attendees at the 138th General Conference &Exhibition in Baltimore heard from a distinguished parade of speakers even before a presidential candidate arrived. Here are some of the speakers and brief descriptions of their messages: Air Force Secretary... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) Members of the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus are pushing defense leaders in the House and Senate to support provisions of the defense bill affecting National Guardsmen in a variety of areas, from health care to mobilization to travel reimbursement and... Read more
Washington Report (August 2, 2016) Legislation now being negotiated by the House and Senate armed services committees would reduce a divorced spouse’s share of military retirement pay. The amendment to the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act would base a divorced spouse’s share of... Read more