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.

October 2, 2012 | Congress, Department of Defense, funding
Last week the Office of Budget and Management (OMB) circulate a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies to clarify issues raised by the potential impact of sequestration as set forth by last year's Budget Control Act. In the memo, OMB stated it would be holding discussion on issues with agency staff over the coming months to develop plans for operations for FY13. In response... Read Full Story
October 1, 2012
Are you a defense policy nerd like us? If you answered "yes", you must be awesome! Just kidding, just kidding. But should also apply for this job. Legislative Assistant, Army Programs NGAUS seeks an individual experienced in legislative affairs to serve as the primary assistant to the senior legislative affairs manager for Army National Guard programs. Duties... Read Full Story
September 28, 2012 | Congress, personnel, Senate, Veterans
Via Army Times: The Senate was unable to pass the bill that would provide a cost-of-living adjustment in veterans’ compensation before Congress left town on Sept. 22 for a six-week pre-election break, raising the possibility that the payment increases could be late. The postponed bill would provide almost 4 million veterans and survivors the same Dec. 1 percentage increase going... Read Full Story
September 25, 2012 | Congress, Defense Authorization, funding, Senate
Six Republican and Democratic Senators are urging Congress to avert drastic spending cuts to defense and domestic programs beginning on January 2nd 2013. This sequester, set forth by the Budget Control Act of 2011, could have a "devastating impact." Last week, Defense lawmakers Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), John McCain (R-AZ), Jeanne Shaheen (D.NH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Kelley... Read Full Story
September 21, 2012 | Congress, funding, Senate
As the hours tick away on Friday afternoon, the Senate looks to move towards a final vote on the Continuing Resolution (H.J. 117) by 1am on Sunday morning at the latest. Thus far, the six-month stop gap measure had been held up by two separate pieces of legislation. As reported yesterday, one piece pertains to cutting aid to Pakistan, Libya and Egypt, while the other, sponsored by Senator Jon... Read Full Story