Defense Authorization

Washington Report (December 6, 2016) The House and Senate are both scrambling to finish the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act before their desired adjournment Friday (Dec. 9). The two chambers compromised on several issues that had prevented earlier completion of work on the voluminous... Read more
Washington Report (November 29, 2016) The lame-duck session of Congress that many thought would be contentious and extend up to the holidays now looks like it will be brief and drama free. Of most interest to the military is the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, the voluminous defense... Read more
Washington Report (July 19, 2016) Lawmakers left town until September last week with the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the budget still far from complete. While both chambers have approved versions of the bills, they must be reconciled before being sent to the president for his... Read more
Washington Report (June 28, 2016) Supporters of military bands are pushing back against a House plan to limit where the bands can play, according to Military Times. The House version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act restricts performances to official events. The House also... Read more
Washington Report (June 7, 2016) NGAUS is watching this week as senators may even work on Friday if that’s what it takes to finish the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act this week. Sen. Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., the Senate majority leader, insists the bill will be finished this week. But a fight... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told Congress to delay a plan that would remove some dual-status technicians from the Guard and make them civilian employees of the federal government. The plan in the fiscal 2016 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (March 15, 2016) The Department of Labor is trying to identify people who are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits and collecting unemployment benefits so they can stop the jobless pay. The agency is trying to enforce a law passed last year that was part of the fiscal... Read more
Washington Report (March 8, 2016) Forty-four governors, both Republicans and Democrats, including those in Guam and Puerto Rico, have asked congressional leaders to repeal a law converting some National Guard military technicians into federal civilian employees. "We are gravely concerned about how... Read more
(Jan. 14) The retirement of the A-10 from the Air Force arsenal will be put on hold because of its important role in the battle against ISIS and the resurgent Taliban, according to a report by DefenseOne, a website that reports on military issues. The article published online Wednesday says the... Read more
Washington Report (November 24, 2015) Members of a congressional panel tasked with looking at military pay and compensation said Nov. 18 the current system does not meet the needs of today's all-volunteer force.    Three Republican commissioners on the Military Compensation and Retirement... Read more

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