This bill would require the Secretary of Defense to release a report compiled by the Defense Business Board which identified potential cost savings in the Dept. of Defense (DOD) to Congress. It would also give expedited consideration to legislation that implements cost saving measures based on the report’s findings by discharging the bill from committee within 10 days in session of it being referred plus limiting points of order against the bill and capping floor debate at 20 hours.
What is House Bill H.R. 6522?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 6522
In-Depth: On December 5, 2016 the Washington Post reported that the DOD had commissioned a report to identify administrative waste, but when the Defense Business Board found that $125 billion could be saved over a five-year period, leaders at the Pentagon classified the data underlying the study to prevent lawmakers from cutting their budget. To achieve the savings, the DOD would’ve streamlined administrative positions through attrition, meaning no one would have been laid off, used fewer high-priced contractors and made better use of information technology.
President-elect Donald Trump has criticized what he views as wasteful or excessive spending by defense agencies. In particular, he condemned the cost overruns in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, which is a next-generation stealth fighter that will become the staple fighter of the U.S. military in addition to being sold to numerous U.S. allies. Trump asked Boeing to price-out a competitor to the F-35, which is built by Lockheed Martin. The CEO of Lockheed Martin said that the company was committed to driving down the cost of the jet.
- Sponsoring Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) YouTube Introduction
- Rep. Schrader Medium Post
- Washington Post (Context)
Public Release and Implementation of Department of Defense Overhead Cost Savings Act
To direct the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress a certain study by the Defense Business Board regarding potential cost savings in the Department of Defense and to provide for expedited consideration of legislation to implement such cost savings.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on Armed ServicesCommittee on RulesIntroducedDecember 8th, 2016
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