House Passes Bill Strengthening U.S. Military, Including Rep. Issa's Federal IT Reforms
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, which included a key, bipartisan amendment led by Congressman Darrell Issa and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) that would extend key measures of their Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, which was signed into law in 2013. The Amendment would extend three provisions of their law to reduce duplication of efforts, increase transparency, reduce waste, and improve how the federal government acquires, implements and manages its information technology investments.
"This year's NDAA helps rebuild America's military and ensures our forces are ready to take on the threats of our ever-changing world," said Congressman Darrell Issa. "It provides funding for long-overdue modernization efforts, a well-deserved pay raise for our troops, all while providing crucial increases for our missile defense and cyberwarfareprograms. I'm also thrilled the bill included our measure to extend key provisions from the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. This will ensure agencies continue to be held accountable, that efforts in this program to cut waste continue, and that agencies will not be able to avoid reporting and transparency requirements by slow-rolling until the sunset. I'm proud of the work we've done on this great piece of legislation and hope the Senate will get it to the President's desk as soon as possible."
Among other provisions, the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018:
Fully funds a 2.4% pay increase for our troops
Boosts defense spending 10% over the previous year to $696.1 billion
Makes key investments in modernizing our military's tools and equipment to ensure our troops have exactly what they need to keep us safe
Allocates an additional $2.5 billion to missile defense systems to protect our homeland from the threats posed by ICMBs from North Korea and Iran
Bolsters funding for impact aid to educate children of military families
Increases defensive and offensive cyber operations budgets by $1.7 billion to close critical gaps in cyberwarfare capabilities
Extends key provisions of Congressman Issa's landmark federal IT reform measure, the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, that were set to expire in 2018 and 2019. For more information on this amendment, please click here.
The bill also included key investments to help support Camp Pendleton including:
$61 million to upgrade the base's ammunition supply point
$24.6 million for a new ambulatory care center
$9.9 million to build new battalion company headquarters and team facilities
$7.2 million for a motor transport facility expansion
More more on the projects included, click here.
For a more thorough summary of the NDAA as a whole, please click here.