Lawmakers Include Lengthy List of Requirements before Guam Realignment Can Proceed
The Defense Department will need to submit a variety of studies, plans and other documents to Congress before it can spend fiscal 2012 funds on the realignment of 8,600 Marines from Okinawa to Guam, if the compromise agreement on the defense authorization bill is enacted.
Before Congress will allot new funds to ready Guam for the move, the legislation requires:
- the Marine Corps commandant to provide a preferred force lay-down for the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility;
- the secretary of defense to submit a master plan for the construction of facilities and infrastructure to carry out the commandant’s lay-down on Guam, including a detailed description of costs and a construction schedule;
- the secretary certifies that tangible progress has been made regarding the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma;
- a federal plan is provided describing work, costs and a schedule for completing construction to non-military utilities, facilities and infrastructure on Guam affected by the realignment; and
- the secretary submits a report on the assessment of the U.S. force posture in East Asia and the Pacific region or certifies that it has failed to meet the report’s deadline.
The legislation also requires that if the defense secretary determines that any grant, cooperative agreement or transfer of funds to another federal agency will pay for the development of public infrastructure on Guam, the funding should be specifically authorized by law.
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