Could a Base Realignment and Closure take place in 2021?

This week Senate lawmakers called for total defense spending in fiscal 2018, which begins Oct. 1, of $700 billion. A total of $696.5 billion was proposed by the House committee Monday, which was approved by the House Appropriations Committee Thursday. The Senate committee’s summary of the bill stated that it backed a $640 billion base budget for the Defense Department and the national security programs […]

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Dueling infrastructure plans and the elephant in the room

If President Donald Trump is serious about his “Make America Great Again” campaign, state officials have more than 300 suggestions for him that they think will help do just that. And U.S. Senate Democrats are “trumping” his idea with an infrastructure plan of their own. The Trump plan calls for infusing $1 trillion in investments […]

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Now is the time for voters to let Congress know their feelings about infrastructure and jobs in America

He may be the President-elect, but by trade, Donald Trump is a billionaire businessman and developer. Most believe it was his business acumen that resulted in his successful campaign for the presidency. And while some of his campaign promises were a little unconventional – a wall between the U.S. and Mexico strong enough to stop […]

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NCSL adds its support for continuing, strengthening EB-5 Program

Another national organization of U.S public officials has added its name to a growing list of supporters seeking congressional reauthorization of the country’s EB-5 Regional Center Program. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) recently adopted a resolution that calls on Congress not only to reauthorize the economic development program created in 1990, but to […]

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TSA could turn to private sector to improve security processes, efficiencies

Approximately 740 million airline passengers are expected to be screened this year by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). And the agency will screen those passengers with 12 percent fewer employees. The end results are increasingly long airport security lines and a growing number of complaints from air travelers who say they missed their flights as […]

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Federal office promotes approaches for more productive federal highway spending

As the United States faces estimates of $3.4 billion in infrastructure needs through 2020, the nation’s public schools, airports, water treatment plants, highways and bridges and other structures and facilities continue to be shortchanged. State and local infrastructure spending is at its lowest in three decades, and the federal investment in infrastructure has dropped by […]

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President’s FY 2017 budget proposal supports public-private partnerships for infrastructure needs

A  population increase of 70 million is expected in the United States over the next three decades. As the population continues to grow, so does the nation’s infrastructure deficit. The strains are already being felt nationwide. Government officials at all levels and in all jurisdictions are being forced to make difficult choices about where to […]

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