The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the single largest procurement program in the Department of Defense, which anticipates acquiring thousands of these aircraft.
But while “the F-35 promises significant advances in military capability…, reaching that capability has put the program above its original budget and behind the planned schedule,” according to the Congressional Research Service. See F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, updated April 13, 2018.
Other new and updated CRS reports that have not been made publicly available include the following.
FY2018 Defense Appropriations Act: An Overview, CRS In Focus, April 5, 2018
The President’s FY2019 Military Construction Budget Request, CRS In Focus, April 4, 2018
Offshore Oil and Gas Development: Legal Framework, updated April 13, 2018
NASA Appropriations and Authorizations: A Fact Sheet, updated April 16, 2018
Cuba After the Castros, CRS Insight, April 17, 2018
These policy proposals will simplify the affordable housing qualification process for all federal housing programs, primarily focusing on PBV and LIHTC, to move eligible households into vacant units more quickly.
A uniform software tool for inputting building permit data would make the U.S. Census Bureau’s Building Permit Survey (BPS) more reliable, and it would also facilitate more fine-grained geographical analysis of new housing development.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) should prioritize funding water projects for local governments that would expand the production of new housing in their service areas if given the water resources to do so.
Congress needs to amend the definition of a manufactured home to remove the phrase “on a permanent chassis.” By doing this, Congress can eliminate wasted construction materials, allow new multifamily design options under the HUD Code, and unleash competition from factory-built manufactured housing.