H.R. 6131 (111th): Restoring Congressional Oversight and Strengthening Military Jointness Act

111th Congress, 2009–2010. Text as of Sep 15, 2010 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6131

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 15, 2010

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To impose conditions on the disestablishment, closure, or realignment of the United States Joint Forces Command and on workload reductions of civilian personnel of that command, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Restoring Congressional Oversight and Strengthening Military Jointness Act.

2.

Operations of United States Joint Forces Command

(a)

Conditions on disestablishment, closure, realignment, and workload reductions

The Secretary of Defense shall not take any action to effect or implement the disestablishment, closure, or realignment of the United States Joint Forces Command or conduct any workload reductions of civilian personnel of the United States Joint Forces Command until—

(1)

the report required by subsection (b) is submitted to the congressional defense committees;

(2)

the independent assessment required by subsection (c) is submitted to the congressional defense committees; and

(3)

a period of 30 legislative days or 60 calendar days, whichever is longer, expires following the day on which the assessment referred to in paragraph (2) has been submitted.

(b)

Report

If the Secretary of Defense proposes to disestablish, close, or realign the United States Joint Forces Command or conduct any workload reductions of civilian personnel of the Command, the Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense committees and the Comptroller General of the United States a report containing each of the following:

(1)

The proposal to disestablish, close, realign, or conduct workload reductions of civilian personnel of the United States Joint Forces Command.

(2)

A detailed plan of action, including functions terminated, retained, reduced, or expanded, and the resulting impact on projected contractor and civilian personnel.

(3)

A list of alternatives considered before the disestablishment of the Command, such as consolidation of similar functions into United States Joint Forces Command.

(4)

An evaluation of the impacts of the proposal on Federal budgets, including specific cost savings and increases anticipated for the Department of Defense and other Federal agencies.

(5)

An estimate of the anticipated costs of shifting workload to military and civilian personnel under a new command.

(6)

An assessment of the local economic and employment impacts of the proposal.

(7)

An assessment of the impacts of expertise lost if members of the civilian and contractor workforce refuse to relocate under the proposal.

(8)

A review on the impact of the proposal on the joint training, operations, and activities of the Armed Forces.

(9)

A notional time-line to implement the proposal.

(10)

A certification that the proposal will not result in a negative degradation to readiness and ongoing and future operations.

(c)

Independent assessment

Not later than 120 days after receiving the report required by subsection (b), the Comptroller General shall submit to the congressional defense committees an assessment of the proposal contained in the report.

(d)

Legislative day defined

For purposes of subsection (a)(3), the term legislative day means a day on which either House of Congress is in session.