Last Year's Accomplishments

2017 – 2018 Accomplishments

 

Federal Initiatives

 

Worked closely with Maryland’s Office of Military and Federal Affairs (OMFA) to maximize the resources, tenants and programs at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in support of the Futures Command.  The Futures Command is a new four-star Command with control of and accountability for the Army’s end-to-end futures and modernization process.

 

Worked closely with OMFA to champion policy clarification for the Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) interpretation of regulatory and policy guidance issues regarding prior A-76 studies on Intergovernmental Services Agreements (IGSAs).  This issue affects APG Garrison’s use of IGSAs to partner with Harford County on certain mutual services.

 

Continued to advocate for sufficient funding under the Army’s Facility Reduction Program to clean up contaminated buildings in the Edgewood Area.  Efforts paid off with an Army Corps of Engineers Report affirming the scope of effort, and APG receiving $20M this fiscal year, with significant more expected in FY19.

 

Continued to focus on ways to improve APG workforce recruitment through expansion of Direct Hire Authority and in engagement in ways to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal hiring process, including USAjobs.

 

Worked with Congressman Brown’s Office to put in place an amendment to FY19 House NDAA to stop the elimination of the Test Resource Management Center.

 

 

State Initiatives

 

Worked with other alliances across the state to educate the Maryland General Assembly on positive impacts of Maryland Military Installations.  The Army Alliance hosted the third annual Maryland Alliances Open House Lunch in Annapolis and participated in Greater Harford Committee’s Harford Night.

 

Continued to support Maryland tax exemption of military retirement pay.  The Army Alliance submitted letters of support and Tom Albro, President, provided oral testimony in Annapolis.  Bills were passed that allowed a total of $15,000 exemption for military retirement income.  The Army Alliance will continue to advocate for the full exemption next year.

 

With Army Alliance support and the sponsorship of Delegate Lisanti, HB 1542 was passed to study employment needs of the defense industry and the potential impact of the military retirement tax exemption.  The Army Alliance feels the study results will document positive fiscal impacts and will support our continuing tax exemption efforts in the future.

 

Submitted testimony in support of SB 204, which established a Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program to support students who are pursuing this field.  This program is an opportunity for Harford Community College to collaborate with APG to expand the cybersecurity workforce.

 

 

Other Accomplishments

 

The Army Alliance hosted the pre-gala reception for APG’s Centennial Gala on October 20, 2017.  Congressman Ruppersberger along with other local area officials were in attendance to kick off the event, billed as the “Party of the Century.”

 

The Army Alliance hosted the congressional staffers visit and tour of APG on February 21, 2018 with a focus on the areas of legislative concern.

 

The Army Alliance prepared the nomination that resulted in the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor (CSSC) being named as a “2018 Great American Defense Community.”  The CSSC was one of five communities nation-wide to earn this recognition.  The CSSC is the regional designation for communities in Northeast Maryland that surround and support APG, the region’s number one employer.  APG is the State of Maryland’s sixth largest workforce center by population.  The Army Alliance hosted a local celebration of the award at Hutchins Park, Havre de Grace on May 4, 2018 and participated in a national celebration at the Association of Defense Communities National Summit on June 18, 2018.