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.

May 24, 2012 | Army National Guard, membership
It's with heavy hearts that we write that it's one of our very dear colleague's last day here at NGAUS.  Kevin McColaugh, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager for Army Programs, has been with NGAUS  for 3 years and has worked tirelessly for the National Guard for over 5 years. He leaves us to join the government relations team at a defense company. If you've had the... Read Full Story
May 22, 2012 | Congress, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization
Here at NGAUS, we love analyzing things. I guess you could call us "left-brainers". As we mentioned in our very first blog post, our job is to help you understand what's going on in the National Guard and in Congress in simple, understandable ways. We pore through a lot of bills and legislative proposals and try to make sense of them. We closely track the 3... Read Full Story
May 21, 2012 | House of Representatives, personnel
An amendment offered to the House FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by Representatives Don Young (R-Alaska), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), and Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) to extend full Space Available (Space-A) benefits to members of the National Guard and their dependents was blocked by the House Rules Committee from going to a floor vote after strong opposition from the Department... Read Full Story
May 18, 2012 | Defense Authorization, House of Representatives
Today marked the, somewhat epic, conclusion of the House National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 4310). Over the past few weeks, the NGAUS legislative team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the voices of the the men and women of the National Guard were heard. We are please to say, we did just that! The full House took up H.R. 4310 for three days, debating and voting on some 141... Read Full Story
May 17, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, equipment, funding, House of Representatives, personnel
The House Appropriations Committee approved the defense spending bill for the coming fiscal year today. The panel adopted a number of amendments to the $607.7 billion draft measure for fiscal 2013, including: Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) – The amendment adds report language to clarify that the Air Force should refrain from reducing any Air National Guard or Air Force... Read Full Story