27 Feb '18, 1am

Wicker-McCain Bill To Ease Navy O&M Rules On Collision Course With Appropriators

Wicker-McCain Bill To Ease Navy O&M Rules On Collision Course With Appropriators

The damaged destroyer USS Fitzgerald pulls into Yokosuka, Japan after colliding with a commercial ship. Seven sailors died. UPDATED with Harrison & Hunter analysis WASHINGTON: To prevent a repeat of last year’s lethal accidents , Senate authorizers Roger Wicker and John McCain want to give the Navy unprecedented flexibility to retain experienced officers and spend readiness funds. But the provision to let the Navy spend Operations & Maintenance money as late as in the fiscal year after it’s appropriated — instead of the current “spend it or lose it” rule — will face withering opposition from appropriators . The so-called cardinals do not like anything that can reduce their oversight of federal spending. They have consistently opposed suggestions to pass two-year spending bills and other similar reforms which, many argue, might make the Defense Department more efficient and...

Full article: https://breakingdefense.com/2018/02/wicker-mccain-bill-to...

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