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H.R. 3069: Army Arsenal Revitalization Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 27, 2017 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3069

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 27, 2017

(for herself, Mr. Westerman, Mr. Loebsack, and Mr. Tonko) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To provide for guidance relating to the management of Department of Defense arsenals to ensure affordability and competence in critical capabilities areas, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Army Arsenal Revitalization Act of 2017.

2.

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that it should be the goal of the Secretary of Defense in conjunction with the Secretary of each of the military departments to ensure the management of the manufacturing workload of the military arsenals to maintain critical capabilities and ensure cost efficiency and technical competence in peacetime, while preserving the ability to provide an effective and timely response to mobilizations, national defense contingency situations and other emergent requirements.

3.

Management of Department of Defense arsenal workload capabilities

(a)

Guidance for conducting make-or-Buy analyses

The Secretary of the Army shall maintain the arsenals with sufficient workloads to ensure affordability and technical competence in all critical capability areas by establishing, not later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act, clear, step-by-step, prescriptive guidance on the process for conducting make-or-buy analyses, including the use of the organic industrial base.

(b)

Report on use of arsenals To manufacture certain items

Not later than 30 days after the date on which the budget of the president for a fiscal year is submitted to Congress pursuant to section 1105 of title 31, United States Code, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the equipment, weapons, weapons systems, components, subcomponents, and end-items purchased from foreign entities that identifies those items which could be manufactured in the military arsenals, depots, or ammunition plants of the United States to meet the goals described in section 2 or section 2464 of title 10, United States Code, as well as a plan for moving that workload into such arsenals, depots, or ammunition plants.

(c)

Pilot program on arsenal labor rates

(1)

In general

Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall establish a three-year pilot program for the purpose of permitting the Army arsenals to adjust periodically, throughout the year, their labor rates charged to customers based upon changes in workload and other factors.

(2)

Congressional briefing

Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter, the Secretary of Defense shall provide a briefing to the congressional defense committees that includes an assessment of each of the following:

(A)

The changes in labor rates throughout the previous year for each Army arsenal.

(B)

The ability of each arsenal to meet the costs of its working-capital fund.

(C)

The effect on arsenal workloads of labor changes.

(d)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

The term congressional defense committees has the meaning given that term in section 101(a)(16) of title 10, United States Code.

(2)

The term organic industrial base means United States military facilities that advance a vital national security interest by producing necessary materials, munitions, and hardware, including arsenals, depots, and ammunition plants.