NGAUS Washington Report
(Jan. 22, 2014) Legislative action officers from the National Guard will receive an inside look at the National Guard legislative process during a seminar at NGAUS headquarters next week.
More than 100 people, many working for governors around the country as state military department liaisons, are expected to attend this year’s Legislative Liaison Workshop Tuesday at the National Guard Memorial in Washington, D.C. Congressional and National Guard leaders, legislative experts and others are expected to speak at the day-long event.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be the keynote speaker. Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, is expected to give an update on the state of the Guard.
Adjutants general will also speak, along with officials from the National Governors Association, the Government Affairs Institute, the Adjutants General Association of the United States and NGAUS. In addition, a panel of congressional staffers will share their perspective on Guard issues.
Grace Washbourne, the NGAUS legislative program manager for joint and domestic operations programs, expects this year to be the largest legislative workshop NGAUS has ever had.
“The Guard has been empowered by recent legislative developments, most notably getting a seat at the table with the Joint Chiefs,” she said. “The community of Guard supporters now wants to execute that empowerment.”