• Wright-Patterson AFB Weighs Options for Future of Historic Homes0

    Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base outside of Dayton, Ohio, held two public forums this week to gather input on the future of 89 historic brick homes that are among the Air Force’s last remaining government-owned housing. The homes in the Brick Quarters Housing District were built from 1934-1937 and are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Wright-Patt needs 30 homes for “key and essential” personnel — senior military and civilian leaders required to live on base. The installation’s portfolio of privatized housing does not meet the needs of key and essential personnel as those residences are not large enough or are located too far away from work locations …

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  • GAO Highlights Primary Challenges to Reducing Unneeded Federal Facilities

    GAO Highlights Primary Challenges to Reducing Unneeded Federal Facilities0

    Since 2012 the federal government has taken steps to trim its inventory of underutilized properties but the current administration still faces a variety of challenges before it can make a significant dent in its portfolio of excess properties, a senior official from the Government Accountability Office told lawmakers on Friday. The five primary challenges agencies need to overcome, according to Dave Wise, GAO’s director of physical infrastructure, include: a lack of reliable data with which to measure the extent of the problem; a complex disposal process; costly environmental requirements; competing stakeholder interests; and limited accessibility of some federal properties …

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  • Services Failed to Check Backgrounds of Civilians in Military Housing, IG Finds

    Services Failed to Check Backgrounds of Civilians in Military Housing, IG Finds0

    Installation officials failed to conduct complete background checks on a majority of civilians who applied to live in family housing projects at two of three bases studied by the DOD Inspector General. “As a result, DOD assumed an unnecessary safety and security risk to military personnel, their dependents, civilians and assets,” the Inspector General found. The office reviewed records at Fort Detrick, Md.; Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; and Naval Station Mayport, Fla. …

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  • Bipartisan Legislation Would Allow Arsenals to Lease Excess Space

    Bipartisan Legislation Would Allow Arsenals to Lease Excess Space0

    The Defense Department’s three manufacturing arsenals would regain the authority to offer long-term leases for excess space to the private sector, under bipartisan legislation introduced last week in the Senate. The Arsenal Installation Reutilization Authority would allow the arsenals — Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.; Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark.; and Watervliet Arsenal, N.Y. — to approve 25-year leases until September 2019, generating jobs and income until 2044, according to a news release issued by the office of Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). Ernst introduced the legislation along with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). The arsenals’ long-term leasing authority expired in 2012 …

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  • Eglin AFB Seeks Partner to Develop Excess Property

    Eglin AFB Seeks Partner to Develop Excess Property0

    After partnering with a developer to build a 152-room, beachfront Holiday Inn Resort on 17 acres in Fort Walton Beach, officials at Eglin Air Force Base are seeking ideas for a 50-acre property in the same city on the Florida Panhandle. “Some of our land was underutilized and not necessary for our mission needs,” Glenn Wagner, director of real estate for Eglin, told the Pensacola News Journal. The 2014 project, built through an enhanced use lease, was so successful that the developer is building a 175-room Hilton Garden Inn next door, Wagner said …

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  • Lessons from Housing Privatization Can Be Applied to New Installation Initiatives

    Lessons from Housing Privatization Can Be Applied to New Installation Initiatives0

    The Army’s successful housing privatization initiative can be used as a model to guide future reforms of DOD’s real estate portfolio, two former high-ranking Army officials say in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal. “The program’s success shows how partnerships between business and the military can often achieve better outcomes than the military can achieve on its own. This is especially so when applied to the vast infrastructure that consumes more than $200 billion of today’s defense budget,” say Sandy Apgar, who served as assistant secretary of the Army for installations and environment from 1998-2001, and Jack Keane, who served as the Army’s vice chief of staff from 1999-2003. Apgar and Keane suggest that other assets, such as offices, warehousing and maintenance, could be monetized and their performance improved …

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