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12 Inside GNSS S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 T hough the Senate approved next year's funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) just before its Labor Day break there were still hurdles to overcome before the fiscal year runs out on September 30. For the most part fur- ther delay should not greatly impact GPS efforts — as long as stopgap funding is secured to keep DOD's doors open — but extending the deadline will likely put the GPS IIIF program on hold. e threat is threefold: Congress has little time to pass a final bill, the White House may veto the measure and the GPS IIIF program is a "new start" which, under budgetary rules, can't get off the ground until a fully fleshed-out funding bill is signed into law. In other words a continuing resolution or CR — the usual funding bridge used when congress does not meet its appropriations sched- ule — won't do for getting the GPS IIIF program going. So far, the House has completed all 12 of its appropriations bills and the Senate has finished nine. e Defense Depart- ment measure was part of a mini-omni- bus or minibus bill comprising appro- priations for a number of departments including Labor and Health and Human Services. To wrap things up the Senate first needs to work out its differences with the House and then the final bill needs to be signed into law — and the time window to do that is closing. "e House and Senate will only be in session together 11 days between now and the start of the fiscal year," said Stan Collender, a leading federal budget expert who blogs and tweets as The- BudgetGuy, in late August. "…ere's really not enough time to get everything compromised with the House especially because the House is likely to be far more of a stickler on a variety of key issues. So let me put it this way — the need for a continuing resolution is almost guaran- teed." "We have September basically to get all this done," said Mike Tierney, a senior consultant and budget expert with the defense, space/intelligence, homeland security consulting firm Jacques & Asso- ciates. "…Anything that doesn't get done in the month of September will neces- sitate a CR for sure." e issue holding up final action on appropriations, said Tierney, has to do with putting money in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget to build a border wall as demanded by the White House. What's likely to happen, Tierney said, is legislation combining some version of a CR — at a minimum for DHS — with a full funding, full-year funding bill for things like defense and other agencies. "So the president signs one bill and a lot of agencies get a full year, some get the CR through a defined period." Tierney had said at that time that there was enough time to work out the DOD funding as a lot of the prep work has already been done. "We know for sure that there'd been some informal discussions and pre- conferencing going on before the Senate officially cleared its bill. So a lot of the underbrush has been cleared," Tierney told Inside GNSS. e clear intent of all the appropriators, he said, is to get the defense funding bill done by the end of the fiscal year. e fact that the minibus passed without the sort of "poison pill" provisions seen in years past "demon- strates a commitment by the entire (Sen- ate) chamber, and by Congress on the whole, to get those bills cleared." Putting a CR and the appropriations legislation all in one bill, however, is a bit risky. President Trump said earlier this year he would refuse to sign any more funding bills until there were sufficient monies allocated to build the wall along the border with Mexico. at approach does allow the presi- dent to exert influence over the process and potentially refuse to sign that legis- lation or something on those lines, said Tierney. A complete version of this article can be found online at < http://insidegnss. com/gps-iiif-could-be-delayed-if-full- dod-funding-not-approved/>. GPS IIIF Could Be Facing Delays See Additional News Stories at • GPS III Space Vehicle 01 "Vespucci" Arrives in Florida • Final Defense Authorization Act Supports GPS Spending, Cuts Back-Up • DOD Prohibits GPS-enabled Devices for Soldiers, But Civilian Risks are Low • Air Force's First Advanced, "More Powerful" GPS III Satellite Headed to Cape Canarveral • UrsaNav Awarded Contract to Supply eLoran Transmitter Test Bed System in the Republic of Korea . . . and more. News from the world of GNSS DEGREES U.S. Air Force's next generation Global Position System III satellites

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