Defense Industry Adjustment Program Survives Conference Committee

first_imgDOD’s program for supporting communities coping with the cancellation of a defense contract or a major reduction in defense spending would not be eliminated under the conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill released Tuesday.The Senate version of the measure called for stripping out $33.1 million from DOD’s $110.6 million FY 2016 budget request for the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) that would fund the agency’s defense industry adjustment program. The House version of the authorization bill, however, left the $110.6 million request for OEA intact, requiring House and Senate conferees to resolve the dispute.The Senate Armed Services Committee had recommended slashing OEA funding by a total of $53.1 million, as it also had called for stripping out $20.0 million from the agency’s request for civilian water and wastewater infrastructure improvements needed on Guam to accommodate an influx of Marines.  Ultimately, conferees left OEA’s $110.6 million request intact, retaining the funding for the defense industry adjustment program and for civilian water and wastewater infrastructure improvements on Guam.An attempt on the House side to augment OEA funding to benefit defense communities still coping with mission growth stemming from BRAC 2005 was overturned in House-Senate negotiations. Conferees stripped out an amendment added to the House version that would have authorized an additional $25 million for transportation infrastructure improvements in mission growth communities.That amendment, sponsored by Democratic Reps. Denny Heck (Wash.) and Don Beyer (Va.), would have allowed OEA to award grants through a competitive process for transportation upgrades “associated with congestion mitigation in urban areas” related to the last BRAC round.“The Defense Access Road program provides such funds around military installations where warranted,” the conferees wrote in the joint explanatory statement accompanying the conference report. The text of the conference report and a summary are available on the House Armed Services Committee website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For October 17 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, October 17, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 6 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.Town Yardwaste Recycling Center: The Recycling Center, located off Old Main Street at the Wilmington/Woburn line, will be open for leaf and brush drop-off from 8am to 2pm. Only Wilmington residents will be allowed to use the facility for leaves and brush drop-off. Residents must show an ID at the entrance to the facility. No grass clippings will be accepted. No contractors or commercial vehicles will be allowed. Residents using the Recycling Center must purchase a punch card for $15 which will be good for 5 visits to the center. Punch cards may be purchased Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. Cards purchased previously that have unpunched visits are still valid.At Wilmington Town Hall: The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Auditorium. Read the agenda HERE.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Mr. & Mrs. WHS Contest will take place at 7pm in the WHS Auditorium.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Coffee with a Cop at 10am. Tech Help Drop-in at 2pm. Kindergarten Book Club at 3:45pm. Not a Fright in Sight at 6:30pm. Current Events Discussion Group at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Podiatrist at 9:30am. Beading Group at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office Hours at 11am. Moments Cafe at 1pm. Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For November 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 24, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 10, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more