BRAC Spending Levels in House Milcon Bill Match Request … Almost
BRAC funding levels in the fiscal 2012 spending bill marked up Friday by the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee corresponded with the president’s budget request until the panel approved an amendment shifting $50 million from the BRAC 2005 account to the BRAC 1990 account.
Following adoption of the amendment, offered by Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), the measure would provide $209 million to finish implementing the BRAC recommendations from the 2005 base closure round and $374 million for environmental cleanup remaining from the first four BRAC rounds. The reprogramming represents a $13 million increase for legacy BRAC bases, compared to the FY 2011 allocation.
BRAC 2005 received $2.4 billion for FY 2011, which is intended to be the last year to carry out the recommendations.
The subcommittee approved the FY 2012 spending bill by voice vote. The full committee is scheduled to mark up the legislation May 23.
The bill includes $483 million for construction of DOD schools to address problems highlighted in a report requested by the committee in FY 2010, matching the president’s budget request. The funding would refurbish 15 schools, six at U.S. installations and nine overseas.
The report accompanying the bill includes language encouraging the department to establish and publicize procedures allowing charter schools to be created when parents at the military installations see that as an alternative to local schools, according to a statement from Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (R-Tex.).
Spending for military construction, the largest line item in the DOD portion of the bill, would fall $1.0 billion to $11.5 billion, compared to the current year. The subcommittee’s FY 2012 recommendation is $652 million less than the president’s request. Some of the decline can be attributed to lower-than-expected construction costs.
More details on the spending bill are available from the Appropriations Committee website.