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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Amendment Would Allow Some Older BRAC Sites to Retain HUBZone Status

  • December 5, 2012
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Among the 145 amendments the Senate passed during debate over the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill is one that would extend the period during which certain base closure sites can be designated as HUBZones, a status conferring preferential access to federal procurements for qualified small businesses. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown sponsored the provision to benefit the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, the central Ohio site of the former Newark Air Force Base …

Community College Coming to Former Onizuka AFS

  • December 4, 2012
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The Foothill-De Anza Community College District last week took a major step toward opening a new campus at the former Onizuka Air Force Station in northern California after selecting a general contractor for a planned $25 million education center. The district plans to acquire 9.2 acres of Onizuka at no cost for the multi-story structure slated to house classrooms, conference rooms, offices and food services. Construction is scheduled to take about three years, reported School Construction News. The Air Force station, located in Sunnyvale, closed following the last round of base closures. The city is the designated local redevelopment authority and is working with the Veterans Affairs Department to develop the remainder of the 23-acre site.

Senate Clears Authorization Bill

  • December 4, 2012
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After five days of debate and six months of waiting, the Senate approved the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill Tuesday on a unanimous 98-0 vote, setting up a House-Senate conference needed to hash out discrepancies between the two chambers. While there are numerous disparities between the two versions of the annual policy bill, Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed confidence the two chambers would be able to settle their differences …

New York Awards $2.9M to Strengthen Military Installations

  • December 3, 2012
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) last week awarded $2.9 million to local municipalities and community organizations to help preserve the state’s military installations as tens of billions of dollars in federal defense spending is threatened. The state’s military installations provide more than 10,000 direct jobs, $688 million in direct wages and a $1.9 billion economic impact …

Senate Bill Would Extend BRAC Environmental Protections to Other Sites

  • November 29, 2012
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Military installations closed outside of the BRAC process would receive the same liability protections as BRAC sites when unknown contamination is discovered, under a bill introduced Wednesday by Indiana Sen. Dan Coats (R). The bill, a companion measure to language included in the House version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, would extend liability protections provided to developers of BRAC installations to all DOD facilities closed after Oct. 24, 1988 …

Newly Discovered Contamination Closes Bike Park at Former Orlando Base

  • November 14, 2012
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The Navy continues to test soil in one portion of the former Naval Training Center Orlando to determine the boundaries of newly discovered contamination. The Navy expects to finish removing contaminated soil within a year after it completes testing, reported the Orlando Sentinel. For residents, the discovery is setting back plans to open Orlando’s first mountain bike park. It also is proving frustrating as the Navy already has ripped up parts of the bike track built by volunteers in its search for contamination. The Navy previously performed an extensive cleanup of the tract before turning it over to the city for use as a park in 2009.

Ft. Monmouth to Open Shortly to House Storm Victims

  • November 13, 2012
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Fort Monmouth is expected to open by next week to provide long-term temporary housing to residents of coastal New Jersey displaced by Hurricane Sandy and last week’s nor’easter. Utilities should be restored at the former Army post by the end of the week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Wednesday. The site can accommodate between 400 and 500 families, reported NJ.com. Approximately 900 state residents are still in shelters. The state plans to use a lottery to select residents for the emergency housing, Christie said.

GSA Pushing Excess Properties to Market

  • November 12, 2012
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The General Services Administration is bolstering efforts to auction unneeded federal properties as part of a push to identify and dispose of surplus facilities. GSA is working with other agencies to accelerate the process of preparing unneeded properties for sale and moving them to market, reported Federal Times. Last year the agency sold 79 properties for $37 million, and this year it plans to surpass that pace …

Military Adds $27B to San Antonio’s Economy

  • November 11, 2012
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San Antonio didn’t earn the moniker “Military City USA” for nothing. The economic impact of the military accounted for $27.7 billion and 189,000 jobs, directly and indirectly, in the region in 2011, city officials reported Thursday. The study, sponsored by the city’s Economic Development Department and Office of Military Affairs, found that DOD accounts for over 132,000 direct jobs in San Antonio, with Joint Base San Antonio the largest single employer in the community employing more than 92,000 personnel …

Officials Consider Housing Storm Victims at Ft. Monmouth

  • November 11, 2012
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Housing inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs visited Fort Monmouth on Friday to assess whether the former Army post could provide long-term temporary housing for residents of coastal New Jersey displaced by Hurricane Sandy and last week’s nor’easter. The inspectors gave good grades to 300 units in seven buildings that could accommodate 600 to 900 people, reported NJ.com. Other buildings could accommodate additional families …

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