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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Could Joint Basing Generate More Savings, Senate Committee Wonders

  • June 24, 2013
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The deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment would be required to assess the potential for the joint basing initiative to produce additional savings through “more rigorous management and streamlined administration of joint bases,” under a provision in the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this month. The provision follows a Government Accountability Office conclusion that the estimated, 20-year savings for the initiative have fallen by nearly 90 percent from $2.3 billion to $249 million …

City Council Votes to Dissolve Bayonne LRA

  • June 23, 2013
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The Bayonne (N.J.) City Council last week voted to abolish the city authority responsible for realizing an ambitious plan to turn the former 432-acre Military Ocean Terminal Bayonne into an upscale, mixed-use development. The Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority’s mission had been greatly scaled back since the city sold a large chunk of the one-mile-long strip of land jutting into New York Harbor to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey …

Navy Stands apart on BRAC, Shared Services

  • June 23, 2013
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It’s not quite like Goldilocks and the Three Bears — the Army and Navy both believe their infrastructure is too large. But for the Navy, it’s just right. At the Defense Communities National Summit earlier this month, Roger Natsuhara, the Navy’s acting assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, drew a sharp distinction between recent trends facing the Army and the Air Force, and the Navy. While the force structure of the other two services has declined since the last base closure round, or is slated to, the Navy’s has not …

It’s Not Entirely Clear How Much Excess Capacity Exists in DOD, GAO Finds

  • June 20, 2013
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It is difficult to evaluate the accuracy of the Pentagon’s estimate that about 20 percent excess capacity remains since the end of BRAC 2005 due to a number of limitations in the methods DOD uses to estimate its surplus property outside of a base closure round, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). DOD has recently stated that it has 20 percent excess capacity based on calculations conducted in 2004 and 2005. GAO found, however, that the calculation combined figures expressing different measures …

Cruz Explains Amendment Blocking BRAC

  • June 19, 2013
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In light of recent reports describing questionable expenditures on overseas military bases, the Pentagon needs to curtail spending on those facilities before reviewing its domestic infrastructure, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said in explaining the amendment he sponsored last week during the Senate Armed Services Committee’s consideration of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. “It is essential that we ensure our nation’s spending on military bases is prioritized appropriately …

Milcon Funding Approved by Senate Panel Exceeds House Recommendation

  • June 18, 2013
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The Senate Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee approved a fiscal 2014 spending measure on Tuesday that would provide $10.7 billion for military construction programs, a figure that falls between the Pentagon’s budget request and the recommendation passed by the House earlier this month. The panel approved the bill following a nine-minute markup that was notable primarily for protests from Republican members over the topline spending level Senate Democrats are planning to use as the basis for the 12 annual spending bills …

House Language Would Require DOD to Consider Community Support before Realigning Bases

  • June 18, 2013
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An amendment to the House’s fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill would require the Pentagon to consider the monetary value of services provided to an installation by its host community before making realignment or closure decisions. When making such decisions, the provision requires the secretary of defense to account for “the value of services, such as schools, libraries, and utilities, as well as land, structures, and access to infrastructure, such as airports and seaports, that are provided by the local community to the military installation and that result in cost savings for the armed forces …

‘State of Base Redevelopment Report’ Provides National Snapshot

  • June 17, 2013
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Military base redevelopment projects represent a significant untapped resource for job creation and have a much more difficult time obtaining federal economic development support than they did 10 years ago, with the DOD Office of Economic Adjustment almost the sole resource for federal support Those are among the findings of the June 2013 edition of ADC’s State of Base Redevelopment Report, released last week at the Defense Communities National Summit and at a briefing on Capitol Hill for congressional staff, hosted by the House Defense Communities Caucus…

House Approves Authorization Bill

  • June 16, 2013
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The House approved its fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill Friday, ignoring a White House veto threat over multiple issues including the absence of language permitting the Pentagon to conduct a base closure round in 2015. In fact, rather than merely leaving out the BRAC authorization requested by the administration, the legislation, H.R. 1960, includes language precluding DOD from spending any funds “to propose, plan for or execute an additional BRAC round …

Senate Action on Policy Bill Likely Closes Window on BRAC this Year

  • June 16, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services Committee’s vote Thursday to approve a defense authorization bill that rejected the Obama administration’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 likely spells the end of the debate this year on Capitol Hill over the possibility of scheduling additional base closures. While the measure still needs to be debated on the Senate floor, even in the unlikely event an amendment authorizing a new round were to pass at that stage, without support from the Senate Armed Services Committee leadership, such a provision would have virtually no chance of surviving a House-Senate conference …

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