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House set to consider defense bills next week

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Defense appropriations and authorizations bills will take center stage in the House of Representatives when Congress returns recess next week.

Before leaving for the spring recess, the House Appropriations Committee marked the beginning of the FY2015 appropriations season by approving the FY2015 Military Construction/VA Appropriations bill and the FY2015 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. At that time, HAC chairman Rep. Harold Rogers said he would move aggressively to complete action on all 12 FY2015 appropriations bill in his committee by July 4.

With two bills ready for floor action, the full House could begin consideration of the FY2015 Military Construction/VA bill as early as next week, pending allocation of floor time by the House Republican leadership. If the House completed action on the MilCon/VA bill in the next few weeks it would underscore the House leadership commitment to an accelerated schedule this year. Last year, in part because the president did not submit the budget request to congress until early April, the House did not pass its first appropriations bill (the FY2014 Military Construction/VA appropriations bill) until June 4.

The House is also poised to begin action on the FY2015 Defense Authorization bill next week. In announcing the bill’s markup schedule, House Armed Services Committee (HASC) chairman Rep Buck McKeon said “this will be the fifty-third year in which the Congress has come together in a bi-partisan way to pass this vital national security authorization.”

Four HASC Subcommittees will markup their portions of the bill on Wednesday, April 30: Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities; Subcommittee on Strategic Forces; Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces; and the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. On Thursday, May 1, the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and the Subcommittee on Readiness will mark up their parts of the bill. The full HASC is scheduled to take up the entire bill on Wednesday, May 7.  

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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ASMC now has a YouTube channel. The first playlist features the 2014 Washington-ASMC National Capital Region PDI recorded on 3/3/2014.

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DoD reports slight decline in the total cost of major acquisition programs

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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The total cost of 77 selected Department of Defense (DoD) major acquisition programs decreased by $4.4 billion (- .3 percent) in 2013, according to a report issued by DoD last week.  Total costs for these programs stood at $1.619 trillion as of December 31, 2013.

This small decrease reflects reduced planned quantities (-$14.9 billion), lower escalation rates (-$3.6 billion), and a drop in support costs (-$2.5 billion). Offsetting these declines for the most part were cost increases due to program schedule stretch-outs (+$6.8 billion), net increases in program cost estimates (+$5.5 billion), and higher costs due to engineering changes (+$4.4 billion).

The DoD report also identified two programs that experienced critical Nunn-McCurdy unit cost breaches—unit cost increases of 25 percent or more to the current Acquisition Program Baseline (APB) or 50 percent or more to the original APB: The Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) due to the elimination of 10 shore-based training systems and an extension of the development program; and Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) resulting from increased warfighting capabilities and a reduction in total quantities.

Two programs experienced significant Nunn-McCurdy breaches—unit cost increases of 15 percent, but less than 25 percent of the current APB or 30 percent, but less than 50 percent of the original APB: Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Block 40/45 Upgrade due to a cut in quantities and a stretch-out in the planned buy schedule; and Joint Tactical Radio System, Hand Held, Manpack, and Small Form Fit Radios (JTRS HMS) resulting from an acquisition strategy revision for full-rate production, added requirements, and a revised fielding strategy (fewer radios per year).

The cost estimates for selected programs are reported in the congressionally-required Selected Acquisition Reports (SAR).  SAR estimates of total program costs include actual costs to date and estimated future costs.  Program costs include research and development, procurement, military construction, and operations and maintenance costs that are acquisition-related. 

DoD prepares these congressionally-required reports annually (with submission of the budget).  Quarterly reports are prepared for programs that experience cost increases of 15 percent or more, and schedule delays of at least six months.  DoD also submits quarterly reports for a program’s initial and final report, or for programs that are rebaselined during major milestone reviews.

Programs submitting their initial SAR reports are not represented in the total cost growth estimates for a particular year. For this reporting period, initial reports were submitted for the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) and Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules (LCS MM) programs.

The Winners of the CY2013 Achievement Awards are Announced

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

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Congratulations to the winners of the CY2013 ASMC Achievement Awards!

This award category recognizes individuals and teams for outstanding accomplishments within one of the functional fields of membership.

 

Accounting and Finance

Distinguished : Paul S. Schilling

Meritorius:

LT Karen E. Appel

Michele L. Buckley

LaVerne D. Green

 

Acquisition and Cost Analysis 

Distinguished: Natalie Myers

Meritorius:

Lisa A. Mably

J. Kimball Osborne

 

Auditing 

MAJOR COMMAND

Distinguished: Michelle D. Murray

Meritorius: 

Jacqueline R. Benningfield, CDFM

Thomas J. Wybierala

UNIT UNDER A MAJOR COMMAND

Distinguished: Dara Rosenfeld

 

Budgeting

MAJOR COMMAND

Distinguished: Lt Col Terri Sheppard

Meritorius:

Andrew M. Jepson

Kelly Meade

UNIT UNDER A MAJOR COMMAND

Distinguished: SSgt James S. Aguilar

 

Comptroller/Deputy Comptroller

Distinguished: Major Daniel P. Huffman, CDFM

Meritorius: LTC Michael Greenberg, CDFM-A

 

Contractor Support

Distinguished: Leon I. Smith

Meritorius: Harold W. Mitchell

 

Financial Systems

Distinguished: Kimberly Johnson

Meritorius: Michael K. Johnson, CDFM-A

 

Intern/Trainee

Distinguished: Brittney Coburn

Meritorius: Jennifer Patterson

 

Resource Management

MAJOR COMMAND

Distinguished: Tonya R. Parham, CDFM

Meritorius:

Lt Col Steven W. Clark

Major Jason E. Williams

UNIT UNDER A MAJOR COMMAND

Distinguished: Captain Ashley Housely, CDFM-A

Meritorius: Lt Col David L. Peeler, Jr.

 

Large Team

Distinguished: DoD FM Certification Program 

Team Leader:  Glenda Scheiner, CDFM-A

Team Members:

Debra Ogledzinski, CDFM-A

Rosie Tinsley

Sharlynn Kaina

Ivonne Reid-Borland, CDFM

Kristine Harris

Tracy Gifford

Steve Turley

Sharon Jackson

Dr Pamela Clay

Kellie O’Mara-Gordon, CDFM

Duane Parsons, CDFM-A

Dewey George, CDFM

Justin Chlan

David Herer

 

Meritorius:

Army Financial Management Optimization Task Force (AFMO) Task Force (TF) Study

Team Leader: Kristyn Jones

Team Members:

COL Jeffrey C. Powell

COL Darrell L. Brimberry

Morteza Anvari

Ivonne C. Reid-Borland

Ronald W. Robinson

Brian Jacobs

Ryan P. McDermott

Dr. Norma A. Brandon

Roosevelt H. Corpening 

LTC Matthew Johnson

LTC Pamela M. Fulton

LTC Donald E. Houston, Jr.

MAJ Bobby L. Patterson, Jr.

CSM Curtis W. Wesson

Renee L. Rhodes

Wayland E. Parker

Karl H. Kalb

Brandon C. Black

Paul Swicord

 

Small Team

Distinguished: Team Name:  DoD FMR Modernization (OUSD/C – Accounting & Finance Policy)

Team Leader: Donjette L. Gilmore, CDFM

Team Members:

Charloe D. Beacham, CDFM

Sally C. Beecroft, CDFM

Samuel C. Carter, CDFM

Rose F. Dorcely

Maryla E. Engelking  

Maurice Wayne Goff 

Rhonda F. Meade, CDFM

Claire M. Nelson, CDFM

Jewel A. Simmons 

 

Meritorius:

Team Name:  Facilities Sustainment, Restoration & Modernization, and Demolition (FSRMD) Execution 

Team Leader: Suzanne Meyer

Team Members:

Katherine Buck

Jennifer Flores

Jose Rosales III

James Rumple

Angelita Vasquez

Teresa Vega

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