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Robert Hale: Shutdown Deal Stalls DoD Acquisition, R&D Projects

RobertHaleThe Congressional resolution that was recently passed to end the U.S. government shutdown suspends the Defense Department’s current acquisition and research programs, Federal Times reported Monday.

Citing DoD Comptroller Robert Hale’s statement, Nicole Blake Johnson writes the department is prohibited from starting new projects, raising salaries or working on fresh construction projects under the resolution.

DoD spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban told a press briefing the Congress’ shutdown agreement has delayed the Afloat Forward Staging Base program for the U.S. Navy, research and development programs, equipment modifications initiatives and minor equipment procurement, according to the report.

“Perhaps one of the biggest problems … is the fact that we essentially required under the CR to buy the same ships this year as last year, because Congress appropriates by ship, and we have to repeat last year,” Hale said.

“It’s a Groundhog Day approach to budgeting.” he added.

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