Congress Reaches Deal on the FY22 Omnibus Bill

decorative imageAfter six months Congress finally reached a deal on the FY22 Omnibus Budget. Released this morning, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022” provides $1.5T to fund our government for the remainder of the fiscal year – that is through Sep 30th, 2022.

For those interested in Defense, the DoD’s unclassified budget will be $780B. Domestic budgets have increased substantially over FY21.

The bill still needs to be approved by both the House and Senate, and Congress has until March 11th to pass this bill, otherwise they’ll need an additional CR (continuing resolution). According to The Hill lawmakers are considering adding an additional four days to the current CR to ensure the bill passes without running into the current deadline.

You can read the full text, and any of the associated explanatory notes (i.e., where the money is…) here:

Bills This Week – Home (house.gov)

If you want to read The Hill’s reporting you can see it here:

Lawmakers reach $1.5T deal on government funding package | TheHill

Breaking Defense Reports the DoD has stopped implementing Contractor Mandatory Vaccinations

In a story published today, Breaking Defense reports the DoD has issued a memorandum dated Dec. 9th, 2021 instructing contracting officers to stop enforcing President Biden’s Sep. 9th Executive Order imposing vaccine mandates on defense contractors. Citing an earlier report from Politico, Breaking Defense quotes Pentagon spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell, who has “…acknowledged that the department has “provided guidance to contracting officers to ensure compliance with the court order and instructed contracting officers not to enforce the vaccination mandate at this time,” she said in a statement.”

President Biden’s Executive Order has created consternation and confusion regarding which contractors and which employees are covered. All government contractors with contracts valued at $250,000 or more are effectively impacted by this Order. Multiple lawsuits have been filed across the country and a Federal District Court Judge in Georgia issued an injunction stopping its implementation on December 7th, 2021.

You can read the entire story here:

Pentagon stops implementing vaccine mandate for defense contractors – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary