Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Preview of the HASC Oversight Plan

The oversight plan of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) for the 112th Congress confirms that the HASC has its eye on many issues of interest to the Reserve Officers Association, including a few that reflect ROA’s focus and activities as of late.

Reflecting one of ROA’s new Top Ten Priorities, the plan cites the “defense industrial base and technology transfers” as an important area of focus. The plan notes that the shrinking defense industrial base (DIB) raises concern about DoD’s ability to control costs and encourage innovation through competition, and that HASC will examine policies and funding tools to ensure the health of the DIB.

--DEF Event: The Defense Industrial Base at Risk (Dec. 6, 2010)

HASC also stated its plan to review the 2010 election cycle to evaluate military overseas voter participation and find ways to prevent the disenfranchisement of military voters in future elections.

--Recent law reviews addressing military voter disenfranchisement: 1056 (Maryland), 1074 (New York, Illinois), 1092 (Texas), 1105 (Virginia)

Another notable inclusion is the reference to implementing key recommendations of the Commission on National Guard and Reserves (CNGR) to improve the operation of the Reserve Components, create a continuum of service, and support an operational reserve force. The plan also contains the priority to maintain the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA) as a separate procurement account.

ROA is committed to working with the House Armed Services Committee of the 112th Congress to ensure these and other objectives are met. Expect more coverage of the 112th Congress and its new legislative priorities in the coming weeks.


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