Mr. CUMMINGS. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the bill's managers for including in this en bloc amendment a provision Congressman Langevin and I submitted to ensure the Department of Defense complies with the law.
The defense authorization act of fiscal year 2010 included a mandate that the Department make funding available to use civilian employees for requirements that last more than five years, thereby saving taxpayer dollars.
The Department's Comptroller's office was required to issue regulations on implementing this mandate. Yet, three years later they have still failed to do so.
This provision reinforces the law by requiring that within 45 days of enactment the Department finally issue these long-awaited regulations.
I ask my colleagues to vote in favor of this en bloc amendment, which includes this important provision.