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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Milcon Bill Becomes Vehicle for House to Block Cost-Cutting Measures

  • May 4, 2014
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A new BRAC round wasn’t the only cost-saving measure House lawmakers voted to block last week during debate over the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. The House also approved an amendment barring the Defense Department from closing any commissaries. That amendment, passed by voice vote, was introduced by Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) in response to the Pentagon’s proposal to reduce the direct subsidy for commissaries by $1 billion over three years. The funding reduction would slash the average savings on groceries from 30 percent to 10 percent …

Panel Questions Potential for BRAC to Generate Savings

  • May 4, 2014
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Due to concerns that potential savings produced by base closures and realignments may never be fully realized, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is requesting a report on the “overall effectiveness” of the property disposal process, including an assessment of sales revenue and cleanup costs associated with BRAC actions, according to report language accompanying the panel’s portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. “The committee is concerned that efficiencies associated with the BRAC process are offset with the inability to quickly dispose of excess property and the potential lack of overall savings to the federal government …

Wittman Highlights Readiness Shortfall at Markup

  • May 1, 2014
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Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, underscored the military’s gap in readiness stemming from the strict spending caps enacted in 2011 along with the prospect of deeper cuts in training starting in fiscal 2016, at the outset of the panel’s markup of its portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. Wittman cited a number of facts to illustrate the military’s shortfall: the Air Force has restored only 50 percent of its pilots back to appropriate training levels after slashing flying hours last year …

Smith to Offer BRAC Authorization Amendment on House Floor

  • May 1, 2014
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Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, plans to offer an amendment to the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill calling for a new base closure round when the legislation reaches the chamber floor. Smith, speaking Thursday at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said he doesn’t plan to offer the amendment next week when the Armed Services Committee marks up the annual defense policy bill because it would “get crushed …

House Tacks on Provision Prohibiting BRAC Round to Milcon Spending Bill

  • April 30, 2014
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The House approved an amendment to the fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill Wednesday blocking DOD from proposing, planning for or carrying out a new round of base closures. The chamber passed the underlying legislation by a 416-1 vote, getting Congress off to the earliest start to the appropriations process since 1974. The milcon spending bill would provide $6.6 billion for military construction and family housing programs next year, a figure which matches the administration’s request but represents a $3.3 billion decline from the FY 2014 allocation. The measure would provide $270.1 million for the cleanup of BRAC sites, matching the Obama administration’s budget request, but representing a $181.3 million drop from current year funding. The bill would allocate $45 billion for medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, including mental health care, job training and suicide prevention efforts, reported the Hill.

House Panel Sets Table for Future BRAC Round

  • April 30, 2014
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee unsurprisingly rejects the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017 according to the portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill it is scheduled to mark up this morning, but at the same time the panel calls for DOD to prepare a comprehensive assessment of the need for additional base closures. The analysis would compare 20-year force structure plans for each of the services with an inventory of their installations to determine the level of excess infrastructure throughout the department …

Officials Break Ground on Ft. Belvoir Highway Expansion

  • April 29, 2014
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Leaders from northern Virginia broke ground Monday on a project to widen a 3.5-mile stretch of U.S. Route 1, the primary access road to Fort Belvoir. Traffic congestion outside the post’s gates has been a problem for the past two decades, even before the installation’s population grew by thousands of personnel following the last round of BRAC …

Community Issues May Be Critical to Preserving Robins AFB, Advocate Says

  • April 28, 2014
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Two areas that leaders in Middle Georgia should pursue to boost the prospects that Robins Air Force Base survives a future BRAC is reducing crime and improving the quality of its public schools. “We have to find a resolution to the growing crime issue in Middle Georgia,” said Robert McMahon, president and CEO of the 21st Century Partnership, the local support group for Robins. “That’s an issue that impacts not only the military’s perception but industry’s perception of our region, and I think we have to work that aggressively,” said McMahon …

Army to Finish BRAC Property Transfers by 2021, Hammack Says

  • April 27, 2014
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The Army plans to complete the transfer of excess property at closed installations by 2021, according to a recent blog post by Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment.
The Army has about 73,000 acres remaining from prior BRAC rounds. That represents 25 percent of the service’s total acreage disposal requirement of 297,000 acres. “Placing this property into productive reuse helps communities rebuild the local tax base, generate revenue, and, most importantly, replace lost jobs …

Ventura County Leaders Face Possibility of New BRAC Round

  • April 27, 2014
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Elected officials, business representatives and military leaders from Ventura County, Calif., discussed the economic importance of Naval Base Ventura County, potential reuse opportunities if the installation were closed and the need to advocate for the base during a public forum held Friday. The base — formed by the merger of Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island in Southern California — is critical to the local economy as it employs 17,000 people, reported the Pacific Coast Business Times. And while Navy property at Point Mugu and Port Hueneme could find productive uses for civilian purposes, county residents likely would oppose developing the sites …

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