Guidelines for $300 Million BRAC Transportation Funding Released
The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) released guidelines for a one-time opportunity to obtain funding to support the construction of transportation infrastructure improvements associated with medical facilities, related to recommendations from BRAC 2005. This funding, approved in the April budget deal, was first appropriated in 2009, but technical issues with the bill prevented funds from being spent.
The funding is specified to support highway or road projects, mass transit, pedestrian access, bicycle access, and any other types of public transportation infrastructure. Projects will be evaluated based on the extent to which the transportation issue impedes the military mission, the magnitude number of people affected, ability to execute the proposed project, and the extent to which the proposed construction project resolves the transportation issue.
Maryland and Virginia are anticipated to be likely candidates for funding to accommodate the traffic growth associated with the realignment of Walter Reed Army Medical Center to Bethesda, Md., and Fort Belvoir, Va. Also a likely qualifier for funding is San Antonio, home of Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston.
OEA is accepting comments on the proposed selection criteria no later than August 19, and a second notice will be released on or about September 9, 2011. Proposals must be submitted by October 27, and will be reviewed by a panel which will include other federal agency staff with technical proficiencies and relevant experience.
Additional information on the proposal requirements and the planned August 9 pre-proposal conference is available at the OEA website.