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Headlines: Senate Legislation Puts GPS OCX Funding At Risk; What is OCX?; House Defense Bills Support GPS Program Funding
GPS Bulletin

Information for Policymakers from the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT)

June 17, 2016

Senate Legislation Puts GPS OCX Funding At Risk

The Senate passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017 (S. 2943) on June 14, 2016. The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its FY 2017 DOD Appropriations Act (S. 3000) on May 26. Both bills include significant provisions addressing the Air Force's Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) for GPS. 

On June 7, the White House issued a statement that, "If the President were presented with S. 2943, his senior advisors would recommend he veto the bill." It goes on to state that, "The Administration strongly objects to section 1610, which would withhold FY 2017 OCX funding until a Nunn-McCurdy certification is complete."

Program Element President's
Request
Senate
NDAA
Senate
Approps
Procurement: GPS III Satellites $34.059M $34.059M $34.059M
Development: GPS III Satellites $141.888M $141.888M $134.388M
Development: OCX & GPS Enterprise Integrator $393.268M $393.268M with conditions (Sec. 1610) $163.438M
Development: Military GPS User Equipment $278.147M $278.147M $253.147M
TOTAL $847.362M $847.362M $585.032M

Senate NDAA Provisions

  • Section 1610 establishes a "Limitation on Availability of Fiscal Year 2017 Funds for the Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System."
  • Section 1605 requires an "Independent Assessment of Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System."

Senate Appropriations Provisions

  • The Senate report recommends cutting $259.830 million to terminate OCX Blocks 1 and 2 and adding $30 million for enhancements to the current OCS ground system.

For more details on the Senate bills, visit www.gps.gov/policy/funding/2017.

What is OCX?

The Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) is the future version of the Operational Control Segment (OCS) that commands and controls the GPS constellation. The ground system upgrade is needed to enable the full military and civil capabilities of the modernized GPS satellites. OCX will also enhance cyber security, information assurance, and overall GPS performance. OCX consists of three blocks, with Block 0 providing GPS III launch checkout capabilities and Blocks 1 and 2 adding incremental satellite command and control functions.

House Defense Bills Support GPS Program Funding

On May 18, the House of Representatives passed its version of the NDAA (H.R. 4909), recommending full funding for the Air Force GPS program. On June 16, the House passed its defense spending measure (H.R. 5293), which also fully supported the official GPS program while making reductions in some related areas. View details at GPS.gov

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