The NGAUS Blog

Commentary on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., at NGAUS, and around the globe that pertains to our members and the National Guard.

By Annie Lively | October 21, 2013 | Congress, Defense Appropriations, Department of Defense, Families, funding, House of Representatives, Pay and Benefits, Senate, Veterans, White House
After a 16-day government shutdown and just before the U.S. was set to reach its borrowing limit, Congress cleared, and the president signed H.R. 2775, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014, a measure to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling. The law funds the government through January 15 at the Fiscal Year 2013 post-sequestration spending level and suspends the debt limit until... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | October 16, 2013 | Cyber Security, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, funding, personnel
In a time when Congress can agree to very little, cyber security funding appears to be one thing everyone can agree on – especially in defense. The 2014 Defense budget put forward earlier this year allocated $4.7 billion for cyber-operations, up from $3.9 billion in 2013. This is interesting, considering cyber is one of the few accounts being plus-ed up in a time of fiscal austerity.... Read Full Story
By NGAUS | October 11, 2013 | Department of Defense, Families, membership, Pay and Benefits, personnel, TRICARE
The Defense Health Agency has released the following information for TRICARE beneficiaries who are wondering how they will be affected by the Affordable Care Act: The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans. Under the health care law,... Read Full Story
By Anne Armstrong | October 9, 2013 | NGEF
Since the start of the federal government shutdown last week, NGAUS has been “always ready, always there” for disappointed tourists and wayward delegations without a museum to visit or a venue for an important meeting. When the government partially closed on Oct. 1, myriad federal offices and institutions locked their doors, turned out the lights and wound down electronic contact... Read Full Story
By Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig | September 6, 2013 | Army National Guard, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, Pay and Benefits, personnel
A review of all courses of action currently under discussion for the total Army in the Program Objective Memorandum for fiscal years 2015 to 2019 show they are all versions of proportional reductions of all three components. These proposals reduce our national defense capability and put homeland security and emergency domestic response at risk. It is time for a different approach, capitalizing on... Read Full Story