There is a lack of consensus about what the U.S. military officer corps should look like, a new report from the Congressional Research Service says.
Divergent views exist about what type of military officers the country needs, what skills they should have, how they should be distributed by grade, what criteria should be used for their promotion or separation, and more.
“This report provides an overview of selected concepts and statutory provisions that shape and define officer appointments, assignments, grade structure, promotions, and separations.” See Military Officer Personnel Management: Key Concepts and Statutory Provisions, May 10, 2016.
Other new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following.
Goldwater-Nichols at 30: Defense Reform and Issues for Congress, updated May 11, 2016
Information Warfare: DOD’s Response to the Islamic State Hacking Activities, CRS Insight, May 10, 2016
Unaccompanied Alien Children: An Overview, updated May 11, 2016
Transportation Security: Issues for the 114th Congress, updated May 9, 2016
U.S.-Nordic Relations, CRS Insight, May 10, 2016
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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Commerce, and Department of Transportation should jointly develop and manage a data resource—a Housing Production Dashboard—to track housing production within and across states.
Exempting affordable housing from volume caps would address the underlying issue and have the greatest impact in this housing emergency.
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