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Partnership Weekly Roundup
 
Week Ending August 4, 2013
In This Issue
Ops Report
Furlough Friday
New SecAF
HQ Cuts
Furlough Trim?
More Time for Cuts
Tanker, Fighter Safe?
Dire Picture for Cuts
RIFs Possible
Budget Flexibility
No Decision on Days Trim
Energy Savings
Measure to Cancel Sequestration?
Economy Boost
Spending Bill
AF Structure Panel Visits OH
No BRAC ban on bill
Quick Links
    
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Ops Report: You can help make a difference

By: Chrissy Miner, Chief Operating Officer- Aug 3, 2013
       

This week we had the honor of recognizing our friends at Parrish Construction for their Platinum Support to the

Platinum Sponsorship Recognition - Parrish Construction
Platinum Sponsorship Recognition - Parrish Construction

Partnership.  This has never happened before - but I hope it happens again - Dave Cyr had to correct us before the presentation because they were actually contributing DOUBLE of what we thought they were! Needless to say, I happily retrieved a dry erase marker to update the check before he could blink. All in all, they are contributing 30k over 3 years. A phenomenal showing of support for the Partnership!

 

In support of the furloughed employees from Robins Air Force Base, we have compiled a listing of businesses that are providing assistance and/or discounts to furloughed employees during the period.  The list can be found here, however, the most up-to-date list can be found on our website at www.21stcenturypartnership.com It is updated daily.  If you would like to participate as a business, please email me at cminer@robins21.org  

 

Finally, We have pretty much had our hands full with the S.H.A.R.E. this week.

 

S.H.A.R.E. or Sharing, Help and Assistance Resources for Everyone will take place at the Courtyard Marriott in Warner Robins, Ga. on Friday, August 9th from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

   

It is not to late to participate as a vendor.  Below are the categories in which we are accepting participants:

 

Utility/Telecommunication Concerns:

Regional City/County governments with billing information assistance, power companies, telephone/ internet companies

Financial Concerns:

Financial institutions, credit counseling 

Counseling Services:

Mental health, financial, marital, etc. 

Health Services:

Blood pressure checks, stress, health screening/ info, chiropractors

Additional Income Opportunities:

small business/self-employment opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities:

Information for furloughed employees about volunteer opportunities during their furlough days 

 

Please contact me as soon as possible if you are able to participate and fit into one of these categories.

 

For more information email sharemiddlega@gmail.com

 

Thank you all for the tremendous support shown to our base employees and others during this time of hardship for many in middle Georgia. I hope to see you all Friday at the S.H.A.R.E. event!

Robins quiet on 'Furlough Friday'
By: Wayne Crenshaw, Posted on macon.com - August 1, 2013

 

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE -- At about 9:30 a.m. Friday, Master Sgt. Robert Lipham leads the way up the stairs of the pedestrian bridge that connects to the flight line area of Robins Air Force Base.

 

At the top is one of the best views of the operations of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex. On a normal day, the vast expanse of pavement and hangars would be swirling with activity. Trucks, golf carts and people would be moving in all directions. Power tools would be whirring. Aircraft engines would be running.

 

But on this day nearly all of the civilian employees who create that scene are in their fourth week of what has become known as "Furlough Friday." So the flight line now is mostly empty, silent and still, with just an occasional vehicle.

 

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Obama nominates Deborah Lee James, defense contractor executive, as secretary of Air Force
Posted in Washington Post.com - August 1, 2013
       
By Associated Press, Published: August 1

WASHINGTON - A former assistant defense secretary and House staffer

 

is President Barack Obama's pick to be the next secretary of the Air Force, the White House said Thursday.

 

Obama is nominating Deborah Lee James, an executive at the defense contractor Science Applications International Corp., to head the Air Force, where she would replace Michael Donley, who stepped down in June after being in the job for five years.

 

If confirmed by the Senate, she would be one of the few women to serve as the senior civilian leader of an armed services branch.

 

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Carter Memo Details Scope of Headquarters Spending Cuts
Posted on defense communities.org - August 2, 2013
       

The 20 percent reduction in DOD management headquarters spending first announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last month would apply to all higher headquarters staffs, according to a memo issued by Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

 

The cuts will apply to the office of the secretary of defense principal staff assistants and their associated defense agency staffs, the Joint Staff, service secretary staffs, service chief staffs, service four-star major commands and service component commands, lower-level service staffs down to the level determined by service secretaries and chiefs, and combatant command staffs, reported American Forces Press Service.

DoD scrounges for cash to cancel civilian furloughs
By: Jared Serbu, Posted on federalnewsradio.com - August 2, 2013      

 

As the end of the fiscal year gets closer, the Pentagon says it's looking in every area of its budget for unexpended funds that could help cancel out civilian furloughs. Lower than expected oil prices and lower costs for the war in Afghanistan may help.

 

About 650,000 of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilians are currently scheduled for one unpaid furlough day per week through the end of the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. DoD says it desperately wants to end those furloughs early, though officials have not made any final decisions yet.

 

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Pentagon officials press Congress for more time on budget cuts
By: David Alexander, Posted on reuters.com - August 1, 2013      

 

(Reuters) - A day after the Pentagon outlined the stark choices it confronts due to looming budget cuts

 in coming years, top defense officials pressed Congress to give them the time and flexibility to make the reductions without undermining security.

 

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned lawmakers on Thursday that the Pentagon could not hit its budget targets under the law in the next few years without "drastic measures that are not strategically or managerially sound," like grounding aircraft or putting employees on unpaid leave as was done this year.

 

"It takes time to downsize forces, to cut employees, to close bases, to reap savings from reforms. These strategic adjustments take time," Carter told a committee in the House of Representatives. "Flexibility and time is essential."

 

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Pentagon downplays prospects of cancelling F-35, bomber
By: Andrea Shalal-Esa, Posted on Reuters.com - August 1, 2013      
 

Aug 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Thursday downplayed concerns it could cancel the F-35

fighterand a new stealth bomber, after leaked documents from a budget review suggested the programs might be eliminated as one way to deal with deep budget cuts.

 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday that finding $500 billion in budget cuts required by law over the next decade, on top of $487 billion in cuts already being implemented, required tough trade-offs between the size of the military and high-end weapons programs.

 

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Military paints dire picture from budget cuts
By: DONNA CASSATA and RICHARD LARDNER, Posted on news.yahoo.com - August 1, 2013      

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior Pentagon leaders offered a sober assessment Thursday of the impact of automatic spending cuts on the military, arguing that they are embarrassing and unsafe for the United States while imploring a stymied Congress to stop them.

 

Defense hawks on the House Armed Services Committee joined in the hand-wringing over the reductions although many of the lawmakers voted two years ago for the budget law that set the cuts in motion and have consistently resisted Pentagon cost-saving proposals such as closing domestic military bases and raising health care fees.

 

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Worst Case Fiscal Scenario Would Force Further End Strength Cuts, Hagel Says
Posted on defense communities.org - August 1, 2013      

 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday outlines a series of scenarios for

dramatically cutting the size of the nation's ground forces, along with further reductions in overhead at headquarters, that constituted the Pentagon's first serious attempt to grapple with the possible need to eliminate up to $1 trillion in defense spending through fiscal 2021.  

 

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Bipartisan Measure Would Give DOD Flexibility to Cope with Automatic Cuts
Posted on defensecommunities.org, August 2, 2013 

 

A House proposal, supported by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), would give defense officials flexibility to manage the hundreds of billions of dollars in sequester cuts slated to hit the department over the next eight years.

 

The bill, sponsored by Ryan and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), is intended to help the Pentagon mitigate the impact of $450 billion in further spending cuts scheduled to take effect through fiscal 2021 by providing budget officials new transfer authority, within limits, according to a fact sheet issued by the congressmen.

 

"If the sequester remains the law of the land, then we need to give DOD the flexibility to manage these cuts in a responsible way," said Ryan in a joint statement with Cooper. 

 

No Decision Yet on Reducing Furloughs, Pentagon Official Says
Posted on defensecommunities.org, Jul 31, 2013  

 

The Defense Department has not made a decision to cut the number of furlough days for civilian workers, a DOD spokesman said Tuesday, one day after media reports stated that officials are planning to reduce the number of unpaid days off civilians are required to take by at least three days, and up to five days.

 

On Monday the Associated Press reported that an announcement is not expected this week, however.

 

More than 640,000 civilian employees are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks as a result of sequestration. By the end of the week, most civilians will have taken four unpaid days off, reported American Forces Press Service.

 

Air Force Steps up Use of Energy Savings Contracts, Robins Considered
Posted on defensecommunities.org, Jul 30, 2013       
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The Air Force is increasing its reliance on energy savings performance contracts (ESPCS) as funding constraints make initiatives that take advantage of private sector funding more attractive.

 

In recent years the Air Force has been able to use a portion of its sustainment, restoration and modernization dollars to fund energy projects that shaved energy use and cut operating costs. But those funds may no longer be available, reports the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC).

 

"As a result, we see a shift in our program over the next several years which would make a larger use of ESPCs and utility energy service contracts," said AFCEC energy director Ken Gray.

 

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Senate to Consider Measures after Recess to Cancel Sequestration
Posted on defensecommunities.org
     

With a bipartisan agreement to replace sequester cuts in fiscal 2014 still not on the horizon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday he planned to hold a number of floor votes in September on proposals to replace the automatic spending cuts.

 

It's not yet clear what Democrats plan to offer in turn for cancelling up to $1 trillion in discretionary spending reductions over the next eight years. Of course, a less ambitious plan may be more likely as the Sept. 30 deadline for funding government operations in the new year approaches.

Canceling Sequester Would Boost Economy in the Short-Term - CBO Concludes
Posted on defensecommunities.org, July 30, 2013 

 
Ending the automatic cuts under sequestration would increase federal spending by $104 billion through fiscal 2014, boost economic growth by 0.7 percent and add 900,000 jobs through the same period, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

 

Such a move, though, would harm the nation's economy in the long run, reported the Washington Post.

 

Senate Panel Advances DOD Spending Bill
Posted on defensecommunities.org, July 31, 2013 

The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a fiscal 2014 spending bill that would provide DOD $516.4 billion in base spending, a figure that is in line with the president's request and the House's version of the measure but ignores $52 billion in cuts under sequestration.

Congress needs to deal with the automatic spending cuts or the department will face more painful budget decisions next year than it has so far in FY 2013, Subcommittee Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said during the bill's markup.

 

"Civilian workers will have to be laid off, rather than simply furloughed," Durbin said, reported the Hill.

 

  
Air Force Panel Visits Ohio Bases
Posted on defense.communities.org  -  July 31,  2013
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Members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force visited Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Monday to get a firsthand look at the impact of sequestration and to see the links between the service's regular and reserve components.

 

The effects of spending cuts under sequestration were very clear, according to Commissioner Janine Davidson, a George Mason University professor and former Air Force pilot.

 

"There's a lot of talk in Washington and in the media about sequestration not having much of an impact, but one of my takeaways today was that it is having an impact and that the professionals and the leaders in charge of Wright-Patterson are putting the mission first and really trying to work with that," she said, reported the Dayton Daily News.

 
White House Girds for Budget Showdown in September
Posted on defensecommunites.org, July 29,2013
  

The White House is considering adopting a hardline as it negotiates fiscal 2014 appropriations bills with Republican lawmakers, as part of a strategy to overturn sequestration.

 

The resulting showdown in the weeks approaching the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year could force a government shutdown, assuming Republicans are equally adamant in swearing off of tax increases as a way to reduce the deficit, reported the Washington Post.

 

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