Washington Report (October 25, 2016) Everybody seems to be weighing in on the effort by the Pentagon to recoup re-enlistment bonuses improperly paid to thousands of California Guardsmen 10 years ago when the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were raging. Soldiers are being asked to repay bonuses of $15,... Read more
Washington Report (September 27, 2016) With the possibility of a government shutdown at the end of the week, the NGAUS legislative staff expects Congress to pass some sort of bill to keep the government running, but there are still discrepancies that need to be worked out in the Senate. The Senate... Read more
Washington Report (September 20, 2016) The issue of veterans status for National Guard and Reserve retirees was included in a massive veterans bill that passed the House last week. The VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act mainly addresses issues regarding accountability of... Read more
Washington Report (September 20, 2016) Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, a former Oregon adjutant general, was confirmed by the Senate Thursday as the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau. "Gen. Hokanson's confirmation is great news for the National Guard," said Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of... Read more
Washington Report (September 12, 2016) Attendees at the 138th General Conference &Exhibition in Baltimore heard from a distinguished parade of speakers even before a presidential candidate arrived. Here are some of the speakers and brief descriptions of their messages: Air Force Secretary... Read more
Washington Report (August 30, 2016) Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says physical capabilities may have to be set aside when filling the ranks of the military’s cyber teams. She met Monday in St. Louis with members of the Missouri National Guard cyber team, who told her they nearly lost a valuable... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) Members of the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus are pushing defense leaders in the House and Senate to support provisions of the defense bill affecting National Guardsmen in a variety of areas, from health care to mobilization to travel reimbursement and... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) Two senators have asked the defense secretary to clarify how the Defense Suicide Prevention Office is addressing the suicide rate in the National Guard. In a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, note that... Read more
Washington Report (August 23, 2016) The Senate has not approved funding the Pentagon says it needs to make the main entrance for its 26,000 employees less vulnerable to a terrorist attack. The House has approved the $12 million request in its version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (August 16, 2016) The Air Force secretary wants the Senate and House to offer pilots a bonus of $48,000 for each year they choose to remain in the service. Bonus pay has been capped at $25,000 since 1999, according to a report in Air Force Times. The newspaper spoke with Secretary... Read more