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Budget: America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again

Estimate #1—FY 2017 Appropriations Request: Department of Defense to rebuild the U.S. Armed Forces and accelerate the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and Department of Homeland Security for urgent border protection activities.—3/16/17 Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget Reference Material: America First - A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BUDGET-2018-BLUEPRINT/pdf/BUDGET-2018-BLUEPRINT.pdf  

HR 1301 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017

STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY H.R. 1301 — Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017 (Rep. Frelinghuysen, R-NJ) The Administration supports House passage of H.R. 1301, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year (FY) ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes. The bill funds critical national security needs. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/07/hr-1301-department-defense-appropriations-act-2017

Trends in Spending by the Department of Defense for Operation and Maintenance – January 2017

The Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) budget consists of appropriations for the following purposes: compensating military personnel; developing and purchasing weapons; building bases, facilities, and housing; and supporting day-to-day operations. The largest single appropriation category in DoD’s base budget is the operation and maintenance (O&M) account, which funds day-to-day operations ranging from health care to equipment [...]

Significant Efforts Still Needed for Remediating Audit Readiness Deficiencies

The Schedules of Budgetary Activity (Budgetary Schedules) for the Army, Navy, and Air Force for fiscal year 2015 reflected current year budget activity as an interim step toward producing an auditable Statement of Budgetary Resources that will reflect multiyear budget activity. All three of the independent public accountants (IPA) contracted to audit these fiscal year [...]

Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

30 January 2017 On 30 January 2017, President Trump issued an executive order regarding the policy of the executive branch to be prudent and financially responsible in the expenditure of funds, from both public and private sources. The Executive Order also addressed the regulatory cap for FY2017 and the annual regulatory cost submission to OMB. [...]

Congress extends the FY2017 CR until April 28, 2017

Final action on the 11 remaining FY2017 appropriations bills must wait until the new Congress and the new administration take office in January. With the Dec 9 expiration date for the current continuing resolution (CR) looming, the House voted (326-96) and the Senate went along (63-36) to approve an extension of the CR (H.R. 2028) [...]

Congress approves compromise FY2017 Defense Authorization bill

The Senate passed the final FY2017 Defense Authorization bill yesterday with broad bipartisan support, 92-7.  The bill, which had been worked out by House and Senate committee negotiators, overwhelmingly passed the House (375-34) last week. The bill authorizes force levels, programs, and policies (including military pay raises) for Department of Defense (DoD) budgets and the [...]

OMB issues revised guidance on conference participation

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has revised its guidance on policies and practices regarding U.S government employees and agencies participating in conferences. In a memo to federal department and agency heads, OMB Director Shaun Donovan amended the guidance OMB issued in 2012 (OMB Memorandum M-12-12) that reduced travel spending and instituted tough management [...]

Carter urges Congress to avoid long-term CR for FY2017

With Congress appearing ready to consider a long-term continuing resolution (CR) well into next year (possibly until May 2017), Secretary of Defense Ash Carter warned of the detrimental effects on U.S. national security of such action. In a letter to congressional leaders, Carter called the prospect of operating under a CR for nearly two-thirds of [...]

FY2017 Military Construction/VA appropriations bill stands alone as Congress seen likely to extend CR into next year

With the end of the current FY2017 Continuing Resolution (CR) set to run out on December 9, Congress appears likely to pass an extension until March 2017. Congressional Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress seem ready to defer action on the final 11 remaining FY2017 appropriations bills until March 2017.  There had been [...]