By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis
Main Story: A Light Legislative Week Before Budget Debate Resumes
The House is in session this week while the Senate is on recess (next week will see the reverse dynamic). Due to the Columbus Day holiday, the House will be relatively quiet, working through a variety of suspension bills before passing whistleblower protections and emergency relief bills later in the week. Next week the Senate should continue work on the budget resolution while the House goes on recess.
House Activity – The House will consider a variety of suspension bills before passing S. 585, the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 and then legislation appropriation another disaster supplemental for hurricane recovery.
Senate Activity – The Senate is out of session this week.
SASC, HASC, HAC-D, SAC-D – No hearings this week
Government Activity Round-Up
Interesting report out from CBO looking at ‘Trends in the Department of Defense’s Support Costs’ over time. This compares the amount of spending going towards active forces and towards support functions from 1980 until today. The amount of spending on support has increased relative to spending on military forces. There have been shifts in the exact proportion over that time, but the general trend is more funding for support and less on forces. Full report here.
Less interesting material from GAO, but they do have a report on how DoD has done implementing ‘recommendations from the 2014 nuclear enterprise reviews and the 2015 nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) systems report.’ GAO believes that implementation is proceeding, but had recommendations regarding performance and managing risk. Similarly, GAO looked at NASA’s propulsion development systems that rely on plutonium 238. GAO has recommendations to improve planning and communication around these research programs. Full report here.
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