On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the House will begin consideration of H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, under a general debate rule. The bill was introduced on April 13, 2015 by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, on April 29, 2015 by a vote 60 to 2.
H.R. 1735 authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other select national security programs within the Department of Energy for Fiscal Year 2016. The bill authorizes $515 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $89.2 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations fund (OCO), for a total of $604.2 billion, which is equal to the President’s overall budget request.
The following information is highlighted in the summary of H.R. 1735 provided by the House Armed Services Committee:
Overseas Contingency Operations – The bill fully funds the President’s request of $50.9 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). In order to comply with the Budget Control Act, as well as meet our national security operations, the proposal includes an additional $38.3 billion for base requirements.
The committee notes that Section 1008 of the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Public Law 109–364) requires the budget submission to Congress for each fiscal year to include: (1) A request for the appropriation of funds for ongoing operations in the Republic of Iraq and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; (2) An estimate of all funds expected to be required in that fiscal year for operations; and (3) A detailed justification of the funds requested. The committee recommends authorization of appropriations to be available upon enactment of this Act to support overseas contingency operations. These authorizations support, but are not limited to, current operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL); enhanced security and military capabilities for countries in the region to include Jordan, a key member of the coalition against ISIL; increased assistance and sustainment to the military and national security forces of Ukraine to deter Russian aggression; reassurance and support for our allies and partners; and continued support for the Afghanistan National Security Forces to support stability and security in Afghanistan.
Reforming the Department of Defense – The committee believes that reform of the DoD is necessary to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the defense enterprise to get more defense for the dollar. This is necessary to improve the military’s agility and the speed at which it can adapt and respond to the unprecedented technological challenges faced by the Nation. The bill reflects the committee’s 18 month long comprehensive reform effort, which included multiple hearings and briefings, as well as consultation with Department of Defense officials, outside experts, industry representatives, and other stakeholders. 
Acquisition Reform – The bill helps to streamline the military acquisition process by advancing critical decisions in the initial stages of the acquisition process, reducing the number of legal certifications while maintaining needed accountability, and empowering project managers and other DoD decision makers to make judgments in the best interests of troops and the taxpayer. Reforms to DoD’s acquisition strategy development include the consolidation of at least six separate reporting requirements into a single document.
Compensation and Benefits Reform – The committee believes that in order to effectively recruit and retain talented employees the Department of Defense must offer benefits on par with or better than the private marketplace. The bill incorporates the work of the Military Personnel Subcommittee in implementing many of the reforms recommended by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.
Organization and Management Reform – The committee is supportive of efforts by the Department to reduce its management headquarters budgets and personnel by 20 percent, and recognizes that the Department has made some progress towards achieving this goal. The bill would therefore require certain reductions in management headquarters budgets and personnel, require a baseline from which to hold the Department accountable to its reductions, and seek to ensure that any reductions are done in a strategic manner, preserving key functions and skillsets.
Resources for Soldiers and their Families – The bill is intended to build upon the bipartisan work of the Military Personnel Subcommittee in providing the troops the benefits they need, deserve, and have earned. The committee appreciates the valuable work of the Military Compensation and Retirement Reform Commission in ensuring that military compensation and benefits continue to attract and retain talent.
Readiness, Force Structure, and Support to Ongoing Military Operations – The committee recognizes that the current threat environment is placing growing demands on the U.S. Armed Forces, and continues to require the Armed Forces to be called upon to support military operations across the globe. In the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, deployed U.S. forces are continuing to conduct training and assistance, as well as counterterrorism operations, as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and Operation Resolute Support. In the Republic of Iraq and Syrian Arab Republic, deployed U.S. forces are participating in coalition operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), conducting airstrikes, and providing training and assistance to Iraqi security forces and vetted moderate Syrian opposition forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. forces are also forward-deployed across the Greater Middle East to enable these ongoing military operations; to enhance the defense of regional allies and partners against the ballistic missile, nuclear, and malign military activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran; and to protect U.S. interests in the region. 
Intelligence – The bill takes steps to ensure military intelligence analysis remains a priority at the national level and that the Department is reevaluating how it collects and analyzes intelligence to support the needs of the Combatant Commanders and warfighters. The bill directs the DoD to examine the science and technical intelligence and foreign material exploitation work being done by various military intelligence organizations, identify redundancies, and make changes where necessary.
Cyber – The bill provides for stronger cyber operations capabilities and looks to safeguard our technological superiority. The proposal provides resources and authorizes U.S. Cyber Command programs and activities, as well as all Military Service cyber programs and Cyber science and technology initiatives to enhance a Cyber mission force that defends our national security objectives.
Nuclear Weapons – The bill authorizes $150 million to begin addressing the $3.6 billion backlog of old, crumbling infrastructure within the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The bill also establishes a program to ensure NNSA is agile and responsive to change by fully and continuously exercising the capabilities and skills needed to study, design, and produce nuclear weapons.
Defense Security Cooperation – The Department has placed greater emphasis on security cooperation to include building partner capacity. To build on that effort, the bill requires the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to develop a strategic framework for DoD security cooperation to guide prioritization of resources and activities, which should lay the groundwork for the committee’s planned deep-dive review of defense security cooperation authorities, programs, and resources.
Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) – The bill reauthorizes the bipartisan prohibitions against transferring detainees to the United States and against building detention facilities in the United States. Since January of 2014, the Administration has transferred 33 detainees to third countries. Additionally, the bill rescinds the President’s authority to unilaterally transfer detainees and reverts to the stronger transfer policy established in the FY13 NDAA.
Special Operations Forces – The bill provides resources and enables Special Operations Forces and U.S. Special Operations Command activities, including investments in operations, readiness, procurement and science and technology initiatives across the force. The bill extends authorities used by our Special Operations Forces across the globe, and provides additional authorities and funding to counter adversarial propaganda efforts, such as those being posed by Russia, Al Qaida, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
A-10 – the bill restores funding for the A-10. Unlike past efforts to restore the platform, the bill identifies specific funding to restore personnel, and preserve, modify, and upgrade the A-10 fleet.
Strike Fighters – The bill authorizes 12 additional F-18s for the Navy and six additional F-35Bs for the Marine Corps. The bill also supports the budget request for 57 total F-35 aircraft, but recommends targeted adjustments based on contract savings and program oversight concerns.
Strategic Deterrence Fund – The bill expands the National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund by allocating $1.39 billion to the Fund to appropriately resource SSBN-(X). A reliable nuclear triad is vital to America’s deterrent capacity and the Ohio Class replacement program is a part of the triad.
Missile Defense – The bill accelerates development of a next-generation missile defense interceptor; modifies the Aegis Ashore Sites in Romania and Poland to provide them with Anti-Air Warfare capability, for self-defense; and, planning for the relocation of the Sea-based X-band radar to add to the missile defense of the United States from an Iranian intercontinental ballistic missile, including siting a new homeport on the East Coast. Additionally, the bill authorizes $30 million for planning and design for an East Coast missile defense site to add to the defense of the United States.
ISIL – The bill supports authorizing the President’s request of $715 million for security assistance to Iraqi forces combatting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). However, the bill requires that 25 percent of the funds be provided directly to the Kurdish Peshmerga and Sunni forces. The remaining 75 percent would be withheld until the Secretaries of State and Defense determine that the Government of Iraq is meeting certain conditions for political reconciliation. The bill authorizes $600 million to continue training and equipping the vetted moderate Syrian opposition forces, while expressing concern about defending those forces once they return to the fight in Syria.
Afghanistan – The bill extends authorities for our forces in Afghanistan, including an extension of the Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP), authorizing the acquisition of goods on the routes of supply and continuing support for the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) so that they can preserve gains in Afghanistan and sustain its stability and security.
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The National Defense Authorization Act has historically been the key mechanism through which Congress fulfills one of its primary responsibilities as mandated in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States, which grants Congress the power to provide for the common defense; to raise and support an Army; to provide and maintain a Navy; and to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces.
H.R. 1735 would authorize appropriations totaling an estimated $605.3 billion for fiscal year 2016 for the military functions of the Department of Defense (DoD), for certain activities of the Department of Energy (DOE), and for other purposes. Further budgetary analysis provided by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) can be found here.
The rule makes the following amendments in order:
- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) # 300- The Amendment makes technical, conforming, and clarifying changes in the bill.
- Jared Polis (D-CO) #201 – The Amendment reduces from 11 to 10 the statutory requirement for the number of operational carriers that the U.S. Navy must have.
- Don Young (R-AK) #30 – The Amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that Pacific Air Force’s F-35A basing decision should be based on a base’s capability to host fighter-based bilateral and multilateral training opportunities with international partners, have sufficient airspace and range capabilities to meet training requirements, have sufficient existing facilities, have limited encroachment, and minimize overall construction and operational costs.
- Denny Heck (D-WA) #205 – The Amendment authorizes an additional $25 million for the Office of Economic Adjustment to be available for transportation infrastructure improvements associated with congestion mitigation in urban areas related to recommendations of the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.
- Mo Brooks (R-AL) #7 – The Amendment strikes section 538, relating to a sense of the House of Representatives regarding Secretary of Defense review of section 504 of title 10, United States Code, regarding enlisting certain aliens in the Armed Forces.
- Luke Messer (R-IN) #240 – The Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense, no earlier than 5 years after the date of enactment of this bill, to conduct a study on the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone regulation on military readiness.
- Mark Takai (D-HI) #82 – The Amendment enhances the authority of service members to obtain professional certifications in the maritime trades.
- Jim McGovern (D-MA)#68 – The Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to design and produce a military service medal to honor retired and former members of the Armed Forces who are radiation-exposed veterans (Atomic Veterans), which are determined in section 1112(c)(3) of title 38, in the USC.
- Richard Hanna (R-NY) #84– The Amendment allows memorial headstone or grave markers to be made available for purchase by Guard or Reserve members who served for at least six years, at no cost to the government. Clarifies that this does not allow for any new veteran benefits, and does not authorize any new burial benefit or create any new authority for an individual to be buried in a national cemetery.
- John Kline (R-MN) #147– The Amendment provides a one-time election for certain military retirees to regain access to TRICARE Prime because the DOD unilaterally changed the eligibility criteria for retirees living more than 100 miles from a military treatment facility. Fully off-sets the cost of TRICARE Prime by reducing the program increase in MV-22 engineering support.
- Mac Thornberry (R-TX) #332– The Amendment limits the funds made available to the Department of Defense Healthcare Management System for Fiscal Year 2016 so that no more than 75 percent can be spent until the date on which the Secretary of Defense makes the certification required in the Fiscal Year 2014 NDAA.
- Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) #341- The Amendment directs the peer-reviewed Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program to conduct a study on blast injury and its correlation to traumatic brain injury.
- Will Hurd (R-TX) #173 – The Amendment includes the entire federal government in the Independent Study of Matters Related to Bid Protests.
- Steve Chabot (R-OH) #48– The Amendment amends the Small Business Act to ensure that the Small Business Administration (SBA) negotiates agency prime contracting goals with a view towards encouraging participation by a wide variety of small businesses. Requires that any SBA procurement scorecard assesses the use of small businesses as prime contractors and subcontractors, and looks at the small business participation rate.
- Jackie Walorski (R-IN) #79– The Amendment extends and strengthens provisions related to detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
- Adam Smith (D-WA) #189– The Amendment provides a framework for closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by December 31, 2017.
- Michael McCaul (R-TX) #16– The Amendment amends 10 U.S.C. 2576(a) to include border security activities to the list of preferred applications the Department of Defense considers when transferring excess property to other federal agencies
- Scott Perry (R-PA) #233– The Amendment prohibits the use of funds for realignment of forces at or the closure of United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- Richard Hanna (R-NY) #85– The Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress that assesses the degree to which existing defense capabilities are able to detect, identify, and potentially disable remotely piloted aircraft within special use and restricted airspace. Requires the Secretary to identify how existing research and development Department resources can be leveraged to strengthen our nation’s ability to detect, identify, and disable unidentified or potentially malicious remotely piloted aircraft.
- John Kline (R-MN) #67 – The Amendment expresses a sense of Congress that U.S. military forces should have the proper resources at all times during an ordered evacuation of an embassy abroad and that no restrictions should be placed on the ability of our military to maintain and use weapons and equipment to protect themselves and evacuees during an ordered embassy evacuation
- Duncan Hunter (R-CA) #66 – The Amendment establishes an Interagency Hostage Recovery Coordinator to direct hostage rescue efforts.
- Steve Stivers (R-OH) #269 – The Amendment permits participation in a pilot program for DoD and FAA to jointly award competitive grants to airports that support both civilian and military operations for tower or other infrastructure improvements.
- Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) #51 – The Amendment acknowledges Dr. Afridi’s instrumental role in identifying the hiding place of Osama bin Laden and further states that it is the Sense of Congress that Dr. Shakil Afridi is an international hero and that the Government of Pakistan should release him immediately from prison.
- Mac Thornberry (R-TX) #344– The Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to submit reprogrammings to be able to use funds from the Syria Train and Equip Fund to execute the Syria Train and Equip program. Requires the SECDEF to submit a comprehensive strategy for Syria and Iraq (and an update with the reprogramming requests) and requires the SECDEF to submit a certification on support provided to the trained Syria opposition.
- Eliot Engel (D-NY) #141 – The Amendment requires a report to assess the effectiveness and operational requirements of establishing a no-fly zone in Syria.
- Doug Lamborn (R-CO) #295 – The Amendment adds language to the underlying Iran Sense of Congress regarding the sale of S-300’s and the importance of terrorism related sanctions.
- Doug Lamborn (R-CO) #312 – The Amendment limits funding for implementing the New START treaty.
- Michael Turner (R-OH) #106– The Amendment limits the availability of any funds, authorized through this act, which may be used to facilitate the United States & Russia’s conduct of bilateral military-to-military engagement until the Secretary of Defense certifies certain criteria.
- Gerry Connolly (D-VA) #224 – The Amendment prohibits the authorization of funds to implement any action that recognizes Russian sovereignty over Crimea or provide assistance to the central governments of countries that support the illegal annexation of Crimea. Provides a national interest waiver for the prohibition on assistance to central governments supportive of the illegal annexation of Crimea.
- Mike Rogers (R-AL) # 343 – The Amendment expresses a sense of Congress on opportunities to enhance the United States Alliance with the Republic of Korea
- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) #116 – the Amendment authorizes the Secretary of Defense to deploy assets, personnel and resources to SOUTHCOM, in coordination with the Joint Interagency Task Force South, to combat transnational criminal organization, drug trafficking, bulk shipments of narcotics or currency, narco-terrorism, human trafficking and the Iranian presence in SOUTHCOM’s AOR.
- Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) #246 – The Amendment requires funding for the Navy’s new Ohioclass replacement submarines to come from their traditional Navy accounts, instead of the Sea-Based Deterrent Fund. Transfers funds from the Sea-Based Deterrent Fund back into their historic Navy budget lines.
- Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) #271 – The Amendment instructs the Comptroller General of the United States to submit to Congress a report on how funds authorized for overseas contingency operations were ultimately used.
- Mark Walker (R-NC) #308 – The Amendment provides that defense contractor information concerning breaches can be shared with DOD and disseminated for additional purposes including cybersecurity, national security, and law enforcement.
- Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) #210– The Amendment prohibits reducing the alert posture of the ICBM force.
- Susan Davis (D-CA) #283 – The Amendment provides an exception to the regulations governing minor military construction in the case of military child care facilities. Authorization would sunset three years following enactment.
- Cresent Hardy (R-NV) #345 – The Amendment ensures that national monument designations under the Antiquities Act will not endanger our national security. Guarantees our men and women in uniform access to land located beneath or associated with a Military Operations Area (MOA) for vital training and readiness activities.
- Frank Lucas (R-OK) #119 – The Amendment reverses and prohibits the further listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened or endangered species until 2021, thereby allowing the states to implement their voluntary Range-Wide Conservation Plan for the Lesser Prairie Chicken’s habitat. De-lists the American Burying Beetle as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.
- Ryan Zinke (R-MT) #337 – The Amendment renames the Captain William Wylie Galt Great Falls Armed Forces Readiness Center in Honor of Captain John E. Moran, a Recipient of the Medal of Honor.
- Brad Sherman (D-CA) #212 – The Amendment adds two certifications to section 3119 of the NDAA, which concerns the transfer of nuclear technology to foreign countries, regarding 1) the recipient country’s compliance with its agreement for nuclear cooperation with the US; and 2) its efforts to prevent transfers of sensitive items to countries of proliferation concern. Provides further that any arrangement granting a country permission to reprocess US origin spent fuel be submitted to Congress.
- Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) #272– The Amendment strikes section 3121, which places limits on funding for dismantlement of nuclear weapons.
- Ryan Costello (R-PA) #232 – The Amendment expresses a sense of Congress in support of providing the necessary funding levels for the Army to meet its tactical wheeled vehicle protection kits acquisition objectives.
- Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) #64 – The Amendment provides guidance to the Secretary of Defense on identifying HBCUs and minority serving institutions to assist them in developing scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics capabilities.
- Chris Collins (R-NY) #275 – The Amendment requires a report to Congress from the Secretary of the Army detailing market survey findings and flight assessment of commercial-off-the-market wide-area surveillance sensors for Army unmanned vehicles.
- Duncan Hunter (R-CA) #218 – The Amendment requires a report on Tactical Combat Training System Increment II.
- Steven Palazzo (R-MS) #72 – The Amendment clarifies and improves language to foster coordination and communication of defense research activities to provide open data to other entities that were previously not included in the law.
- Pete Aguilar (D-CA) #154– The Amendment requests a report, form the Secretary of Defense, outlining the number of racial or ethnic minority groups, women, and disabled persons that have participated in the DOD’s National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship; the barriers that have been found in recruiting participants from these groups; and a set of policy recommendations focused on increasing these groups participation.
- Katherine Clark (D-MA) #222 – The Amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that the quality of America’s future STEM workforce is a matter of national security concern, that Federally Funded Research and Development Centers employ a highly skilled workforce that is qualified to support STEM initiatives, and that the Department of Defense should explore its existing authority to permit these Centers to help facilitate and shape a high-quality future STEM workforce capable of supporting Department of Defense needs.
- Marc Veasey (D-TX) #61 – The Amendment increases authorization amount for digital upgrades, Research and Development for the V-22 Osprey by $75 million, offset by a identical reduction for Navy spares and repair parts.
- Scott Peters (D-CA) #328 – The Amendment asks DOD to report on the merger between the Office of Assistant Secretary for Operational Energy Plans and Deputy Under Secretary for Installations and Environment.
- Blake Farenthold (R-TX) #158 – The Amendment encourages the Department of Defense to enter into contracts with third party vendors to provide free access to wireless high-speed internet to all members of the Armed Forces who are deployed overseas at any United States military facility.
- Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) #55 – The Amendment requires outreach for small business concerns owned and controlled by women and minorities required before conversion of certain functions to contractor performance.
- Dave Loebsack (D-IA) #46 – The Amendment Amend 10 U.S.C. Chapter 434 Section 4554(a)(3)(A) to authorize the inclusion of an option period of up to 25 years, in addition to the current 25 year term limitation, for a combined maximum term of 50 years.
- John Fleming (R-LA) #96 – The Amendment requires a report and certification by the Secretary of Defense that an Army active duty end strength below 490,000 soldiers will be adequate to meet the U.S. national military strategy.
- David McKinley (R-WV) #33 – The Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to establish an electronic tour calculator so that reservists could keep track of aggregated active duty tours of 90 days or more served within a fiscal year.
- Joseph Crowley (D-NY) #301 – The Amendment honors those from diverse backgrounds who have made sacrifices as members of the Armed Services.
- Mark Takano (D-CA) #27 – The Amendment includes in the report to Congress on the direct employment pilot program for members of the National Guard and Reserve (Sec. 567) a comparison of the pilot program to other DOD and VA unemployment and underemployment programs.
- Will Hurd (R-TX) #170 – The Amendment amends Title 10, U.S. Code on the payment of expenses to obtain professional credentials to authorize DOD and DHS to pay for both the training and exams needed to obtain IT and cybersecurity credentials for all personnel identified as critical to network defense.
- Steve Israel (D-NY) #97 – The Amendment requires a report on civilian and military education requirements that are necessary to meet anticipated threats in the future security environment as described in the Quadrennial Defense Review.
- Steve Stivers (R-OH) #267 – The Amendment restores the commission to Captain of Medal of Honor recipient Milton Holland.
- Gwen Moore (D-WI) # 150 – The Amendment expresses the Sense of the Congress regarding the Posthumous promotion granted to Master Sergeant(retired) Naomi Horwitz.
- Glenn Thompson (R-PA) #155 – The Amendment provides an individual with a mental health screening at enlistment and uses the results as a baseline for any subsequent mental health examinations; prohibits the Secretary from considering the results of such screening in determining promotions and is respective of privacy information in the same manner as medical records.
- Bill Keating (D-MA) #318 – The Amendment expresses the Sense of Congress in support of fully implementing a service-wide expansion of the Army’s Gold Star Installation Access Card. Provides entry to military installations for events and memorials for the survivors of members of the Armed Forces who have died while serving on certain active or reserve duty.
- Grace Meng (D-NY) #75 – The Amendment requires a VA Regional Office (VARO) to carry out certain steps if it does not adjudicate claims within 125 days with a 98% accuracy. Requires the Under Secretary for Benefits to explain how the failure of the regional office to meet the goal affected the performance evaluation of the director of the regional office. This will help Congress and the VA better understand the challenges the VAROs face while encouraging their leadership to meet performance expectations.
- Austin Scott (R-GA) #165 – The Amendment ensures that the network of preferred retail pharmacies for TRICARE established under Sec. 714 allows for sufficient small business participation.
- Alma Adams (D-NC) #133 – The Amendment expresses the sense of Congress to recognize the complexities of post-traumatic stress disorder among service members, its effect on children, and the need for current health programs to not only reduce a veteran’s symptoms but to also allow them to reconnect with their families.
- Alan Grayson (D-FL) #183 – The Amendment makes permanent the requirement that DOD, for dependents of members of the military stationed in remote locations outside the United States, provide transportation to persons requiring “obstetrical anesthesia services for childbirth that is equivalent to the obstetrical anesthesia services for childbirth available in a military treatment facility.”
- Austin Scott (R-GA) #166 – The Amendment ensures that sustainment needs are sufficiently considered by clarifying that Sec. 804 of the bill regarding the process for commercial item determinations does not conflict with existing Title 10 requirements for core logistics capabilities.
- Tom Cole (R-OK) #229 – The Amendment ensures that sustainment requirements are considered and that the Centers of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITES) are consulted, when DOD conducts a DOD Board Study related to the intellectual property rights of private sector firms.
- Virginia Foxx (R-NC) #113 – The Amendment amends the report required by Sec. 835 to include information on DoD practices regarding intellectual rights to facilitate competition in sustainment of weapons systems throughout their life-cycles.
- Mike Bost (R-IL) #6 – The Amendment amends the Small Business Act to codify an independent Office of Hearings and Appeals.
- Richard Hanna (R-NY) #14 – The Amendment requires training of contracting officers, and provides a definition of reverse auction.
- Steve Russell (R-OK) #250 – The Amendment adds an additional exception from requirement to buy certain articles from American sources for use in the production of fire hoses.
- Jim McGovern (D-MA) #354 – The Amendment Maintains the simplified acquisition threshold at current level of $150,000 applying to certain textile and clothing purchases by the Defense Department.
- Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) #125 – The Amendment ensures that changes made to DOD computing systems using software bought and modified for agency use will not result in disruption of DOD operations.
- Steve Scalise (R-LA) #242 – The Amendment exempts AbilityOne products from the Afghan First, Central Asian States, and Djibouti procurement programs. The purpose of the amendment is to protect jobs for the disabled at AbilityOne agencies and to restore jobs that have been outsourced to Asian countries as a result of procurement policies under these programs.
- Mark Walker (R-NC) #4 – The Amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to assess the Open Trusted Technology Provider Standard for information technology and cyber security acquisitions and provide a briefing to Armed Service House Of Representatives no later than one year of the enactment of this Act.
- Don Young (R-AK) #32 – The Amendment repeals section 811 of the FY2010 NDAA and removes the exemption in 10 U.S.C. 2304(e)(4) and 41 USC 3304(f)(2)(D)(ii) for contracts exceeding $20 million which are awarded pursuant to Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act. This will require that contracting agencies comply with the standard justification and approval process prior to sole sourcing these contracts.
- Gerry Connolly (D-VA) #336 – The Amendment ensures the Federal Acquisition Regulation clarifies that acquisition personnel are permitted and encouraged to engage in responsible and constructive communication with industry.
- Gerry Connolly (D-VA) #335 – The Amendment requires the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, to develop a plan to improve the management of information technology programs and projects.
- Sam Farr (D-CA) #255 – The Amendment requires DAU to annually convene a board of faculty representatives from relevant professional schools and DOD degree granting institutions to review and synchronize defense acquisition curricula across all of DOD.
- Sam Farr (D-CA) #254 – The Amendment strengthens academic research and analysis of the defense acquisition decision support system from a business, public policy, operation, and information sciences perspective.
- Michael Burgess (R-TX) #8 – The Amendment requires a report ranking all military departments and Defense Agencies in order of how advanced they are in achieving auditable financial statements as required by law.
- Steven Palazzo (R-MS) #71 – The Amendment pushes back the authorized period for the transfer of certain AH-64 Apache Helicopters from Army National Guard to Regular Army from March 31,2016 to June 30, 2016
- Renee Ellmers (R-NC) #196 – The Amendment prohibits funds from being used to deactivate the 440th Airlift Wing until the Secretary of Defense certifies that this movement will have no impact on Airborne and Special Operations units readiness.
- John Katko (R-NY) #282 – The Amendment requires a report from the Secretary of the Air Force to the congressional defense committees addressing the immediate and critical training and operational needs of the remotely piloted aircraft community.
- Mac Thornberry (R-TX) #123 – The Amendment excludes the application of Section 10 of the Federal advisory Committee Act to meetings of the National Commission on the Future of the Army with less than five members present as a lessons learned from previous commission reports.
- Denny Heck (D-WA) #249 – The Amendment requires a report after the Military Lending Act rulemaking on compliance mechanisms for identifying covered borrowers and requires the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) to report to Congress on systems reliability and plans to strengthen capabilities, and consult with private-sector users of DMDC to address issues of common concern.
- Rick Crawford (R-AR) #319 – The Amendment makes it clear that EOD incident response in support of civil authorities is authorized, and does not require reimbursement by civil authorities for EOD to pick up military ordnance that has escaped government control.
- French Hill (R-AR) # 215 – The Amendment requires the U.S. Air Force to conduct a business case analysis on the decision to maintain 10 C-130J aircraft at Keesler AFB. Such analysis shall include consideration of: 1. Any efficiencies or cost savings that would be achieved by transferring the C-130J aircraft to Little Rock Air Force base 2. Effects on the operation of Air Mobility Command 3. Short term and long term costs of maintaining the aircraft at Keesler AFB Report should be completed and provided to Congress within 60 days of enactment of the bill.
- Patrick Meehan (R-PA) 139 – The Amendment expresses a sense of Congress about the importance of strong communications systems for the National Guard in the event of a cyber or terrorist attack.
- Peter DeFazio (D-OR) #202 – The Amendment expresses a sense of Congress calling for a technical correction to Section 3095, Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization regarding refinancing of Pacific Coast groundfish fishing capacity reduction loan.
- Stephen Lynch (D-MA) #143 – The Amendment calls for the observation of two minutes of silence on Veterans Day in honor of the service and sacrifice of veterans throughout the history of the United States.
- Eliot Engel (D-NY) #142 – The Amendment ensures a focus on the protection of human rights will be maintained as part of U.S. efforts to train Afghan National Security Forces.
- Gerry Connolly (D-VA) #225 – The Amendment authorizes up to 5% of humanitarian assistance program funds to be used for monitoring and evaluation of said programs. Requires a Congressional briefing 90 days after enactment describing how the Department evaluates program and project outcomes and impact, including cost effectiveness and whether the programs met their goals.
- Tim Walberg (R-MI) #298 – The Amendment requires SIGAR to certify they have access to records of the Afghanistan government for the purpose of auditing as a condition for disbursement of funds to Afghanistan.
- David Cicilline (D-RI) #74 – The Amendment requires the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense to submit a report within 180 days describing efforts to engage United States manufacturers in procurement opportunities related to equipping the ANSF.
- Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) #317 – The Amendment directs the Secretary of Defense in coordination with the Secretary of State to pursue efforts to shut down ISIL’s illicit oil revenues and to report on resources need to counter ISIL’s oil revenues.
- Ted Poe (R-TX) #19 – The Amendment adds an assessment of U.S. efforts to stop foreign fighters as a matter to be included in the comprehensive strategy to counter Islamic extremism.
- Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) #245 – The Amendment ensures that our Afghan allies are not made ineligible for the Special Immigrant Visa program as a result of the change in mission name from ISAF to Resolute Support, and other technical changes.
- Doug Lamborn (R-CO) #291 – The Amendment adds a limitation on military-to-military exchanges and contacts with Iran.
- Jackie Walorski (R-IN) #80 – The Amendment provides transparency and congressional oversight to our deterrence of Iran and force posture in the Middle East.
- Keith Ellison (D-MN) #266 – The Amendment states that nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize the use of military force against Iran.
- Mike Rogers (R-AL) #315 – Expresses a sense of the Congress concerning missile defense cooperation with Japan, and, it would require an update from DOD not later than 30 days after the date of enactment on sale of Aegis Ashore capability to allies, including Japan.
- Mark Walker (R-NC) #69 – The Amendment requires that the Secretary of Defense invite military forces of Taiwan to participate in any maritime exercise (RIMPAC) if the Secretary has invited the military forces of People’s Republic of China to participate in such exercise.
- Mike Kelly (R-PA) #45 – The Amendment prohibits funds from being used to implement the UN Arms Trade Treaty unless the Senate approves a resolution of ratification for the Treaty and implementing legislation for the Treaty has been enacted into law.
- Doug Lamborn (R-CO) #309 – The Amendment adds a requirement for a report on Qatar’s efforts to combat terrorism.
- Doug Lamborn (R-CO) #292 – The Amendment expresses a Sense of Congress in support of Jordan.
- Ed Royce (R-CA) #134 – The Amendment expresses the sense of Congress that combating Boko Haram is in the national security interest of the United States and that the United States should support regional allies in their operations against Boko Haram. Requires a report that details the security assistance required and received by regional partners to combat Boko Haram.
- David Schweikert (R-AZ) # 37 – The Amendment expresses the sense of Congress that it is a national security priority of the United States to support and cooperate with the Republic of Tunisia by providing assistance to combat the growing terrorist threat from ISIS and other terrorist organizations.
- Mike Turner (R-OH) #107 – The Amendment expresses a Sense of Congress on the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and encourages the United States to work with current and aspiring NATO partners to address security threats facing the alliance.
- David Cicilline (D-RI) #235 – The Amendment requires the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense to submit a report within 90 days describing the military capabilities of the Republic of Cyprus.
- Joseph Crowley (D-NY) #302 – The Amendment supports ongoing defense cooperation between the United States and India
- Debbie Dingell (D-MI) #103 – The Amendment expresses the Sense of Congress that the President should exercise his authorities to evacuate U.S. citizens and nationals from Yemen during the ongoing conflict.
- Eliot Engel (D-NY) #140 – The Amendment requires a report to Congress on the impact of any significant reduction in U.S. troop levels or material in Europe on NATO’s core mission of collective defense before any such reduction takes place.
- Filemon Vela (D-TX) #313 – The Amendment requires a report on violence and cartel activity in Mexico and the impact on U.S. National Security.
- Derek Kilmer (D-WA) #176 – The Amendment requires Congressional notification prior to initiating a furlough and prohibits the transfer of work that would have been conducted by those furloughed to other DOD employees, contractors, or members of the Armed Forces.
- Rick Nolan (D-MN) #88 – The Amendment prohibits funding from the Syria and Iraq Train and Equip programs to recipients that the Secretary of Defense has reported as having previously misused provided training and equipment.
- Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) #168 – The Amendment expresses a sense of Congress that the Secretary submit a plan to Congress on how the Department plans to implement the recommendations of the nuclear enterprise reviews.
- Mike Quigley (D-IL) #289 – The Amendment requires the Department of Defense to submit a report to Congress justifying the departments plans to increase the number of new nuclear-armed cruise missiles, known as the Long Range Standoff Weapon, to the U.S. arsenal. The report should outline how the number of planned missiles aligns with U.S. nuclear employment strategy and the costs associated.
- Mike Rogers (R-AL) #316 – The Amendment makes a series of technical corrections to sections 1669 and 1670 concerning US-Israeli missile defense cooperation.
- Bill Foster (D-IL) #129 – The Amendment requires the Director of the Missile Defense Agency to submit to Congress a cost analysis of a space-based ballistic intercept and defeat layer.
- Michael Turner (R-OH) #260 – The Amendment requires the Director of the Missile Defense Agency to notify congressional defense committees of the preferred location in the United States for the future deployment of an interceptor capable of protecting the homeland.
- Mike Quigley (D-IL) #288 – The Amendment requires the Secretary of the Air Force to submit a report to Congress comparing the costs associated with extending the life of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile with the costs associated with procuring a new ground based strategic deterrent.
- Kathy Castor (D-FL) #135 – The Amendment expresses a sense of Congress that the Department of Defense should take into consideration, when prioritizing base housing projects, commuting times for base personnel and land available for development on the base.
- Dave Loebsack (D-IA) #47 – The Amendment would modify section 2667 of title 10, United States Code, to provide the authorities to lease real or personal property contained in such section to the commander of military manufacturing arsenals or, if part of a larger military installation, the installation commander for the purposes of leveraging private investment at military manufacturing arsenals through long-term facility use contracts, property management contracts, leases, or other such agreements. This section does not supersede authorities in section 4544 of title 10, United States Code, and is designed to give the commander of military manufacturing arsenals or, if part of a larger military installation, the installation commander, greater flexibility to utilize unused administrative and warehouse space at military installations.
- Steve Scalise (R-LA) #243 – The Amendment authorizes the Secretary of the Army to release the existing terms and conditions on a parcel of property at Camp Villere, Louisiana, enabling the Louisiana Army National Guard to transfer the land to the State of Louisiana in exchange for another parcel of land that has been identified, provided that the State carries out the necessary actions required.
- Don Young (R-AK) #29 – The Amendment directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a land conveyance of approximately 1,290 acres of public land, withdrawn by the Secretary of the Interior under Public Land Order 843 for use by the Secretary of the Air Force, to the Town of Galena, Alaska.
- Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) #117 – The Amendment modifies 50 U.S.C. 2537 to add that existing nuclear weapon system shall be considered undergoing life extension if the total cost of the associated activities, including activities considered alterations, will exceed $1 billion.
- Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) #214 – The Amendment creates a pilot program in which the Department establishes a microlab that is accessible to the public.
- Duncan Hunter (R-CA) #228 – The Amendment provides a one year increase in maritime security program funding.
- Pete Sessions (R-TX) #109 – The Amendment authorizes the Administrator of the Maritime Administration to: (1) accept a gift of money from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation, Inc. in order to renovate Melville Hall on the campus of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and (2) provides the option to enter into a contract with the Foundation for the Hall’s operation. Provides that all excess proceeds will be used solely for the morale and welfare of the cadets.
- John Carter (R-TX) #353 – The Amendment requires DOD to establish a process by which the commander of a military installation may authorize a servicemember to carry a concealed personal firearm on the installation if the commander determines it to be necessary as a personal or force-protection measure.
- Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) #351 – The Amendment expresses a sense of Congress that while recruitment and advertising in support of the National Guard and the military is appropriate, the taxpayer shouldn’t have to pay for any organization to honor the service of members of the Armed Forces and (2) it should not be the goal of those that receive DoD advertising funds to use those funds to pay organizations to honor the service of members of the Armed Forces; instead, it should be the patriotism of these organizations to do so of their own free will in support of our brave servicemen and women. (3) Any funds that would be saved from this Sense of Congress should be redirected towards post-traumatic stress disorder research and treatment for servicemembers.
- Devin Nunes (R-CA) #350 – The Amendment clarifies that any realignment of forces at Lajes Air Force Base, Azores, shall be based on United States operational requirements.
For questions about amendments or further information on the bill, contact John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.
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