by Matt Vallone, Defense Platforms Product Manager
NDAA Conference Report Set for Senate Vote
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to bring up the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act for a procedural vote on Tuesday, October 6th. This legislation had already passed the House of Representatives 270-156. The NDAA passed the Senate 71-25 when it was considered in June. The White House has threatened to veto the legislation over concerns about topline spending and language included in the bill. The conference report can be found here.
The NDAA contains significant acquisition reforms that would more directly involve the services in acquisitions. For new starts, the services will have say over Milestone A approval of projects. If the projects experience cost growth above 15%, they would revert to Acquisitions, Technology & Logistics (AT&L) control.
Republican Caucus to Elect New Speaker
Republicans in the House of Representatives will caucus on October 8th to select a new speaker to replace resigning Speaker John Boehner. The favorite in the race is current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA), however a late entry by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT) and a gaffe involving the House investigation into Benghazi have cast doubt on his ability to secure the necessary votes. Should McCarthy win, that would set off additional elections to fill in new leadership positions.
Congressional Defense Activity
- House Defense Activity – No directly defense budget or procurement related activity
- Senate Defense Activity – The Senate may vote Tuesday on a procedural motion to begin consideration of the NDAA. Assuming no filibuster, it would likely be approved by the end of the week.
Government Activity Round-up
- Department of Defense activity – Testing at sea is underway on the F-35C.
- Interesting/noteworthy GAO/CBO reports:
Ford Class Aircraft Carrier: Poor Outcomes are the Predictable Consequences of the Prevalent Acquisition Culture: www.gao.gov/products/GAO-16-84T