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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

BRAC Rejection Will Help Ease Readiness Issues, Wittman Suggests

  • May 27, 2013
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Rob Wittman, chair of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, began last week’s markup of his panel’s portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill by highlighting the “readiness shortfalls” of the armed forces primarily caused by the government’s undue focus on deficit reduction. “While the mark represents a good first step toward addressing our readiness challenges, much work remains to be done and the mark won’t completely fix what many have labeled a ‘readiness crisis,’” Wittman said on Thursday. Surprisingly, though, he cited the legislation’s bar on spending by DOD to plan for or carry out a new BRAC round as “one of the provisions that will provide some relief” to the military’s readiness challenges …

Specter of BRAC Keeps K Street Occupied

  • May 24, 2013
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Lobbying revolving around the looming potential for a new BRAC round has emerged as one of the few bright spots for an industry that has experienced a decline in revenue since 2010. The Obama administration’s request this year — along with one last year — for additional base closures has resulted in a spike in new business among the specialized firms that represent states and defense communities trying to keep their regions’ military installations off of a future BRAC list …

Lawmakers Question Success of Joint Basing Initiative

  • May 24, 2013
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Due to concerns that DOD’s joint basing initiative has not generated the savings initially projected, the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is requesting the Government Accountability Office to determine whether the effort has created efficiencies in installation support, according to report language it drafted to accompany the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. The initiative, a BRAC 2005 recommendation, merged installation support functions at two, and sometimes three, bases — often located contiguously — at 12 locations around the nation …

Has Pentagon Reduced Reliance on Leased Space, Panel Asks

  • May 22, 2013
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One of the Pentagon’s objectives in the previous round of BRAC was to reduce its use of leased space, particularly in the Washington metro area. Recommendations directing DOD offices to move from leased space to DOD-owned facilities, primarily installations, were intended to save money and ensure DOD activities occupied facilities meeting anti-terrorism/force protection standards. Since the conclusion of the 2005 round, however, the department has continued to rely on leased space …

Authorization Bill Language Would Put Kibosh on BRAC

  • May 22, 2013
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee went one step further than it did last year in rejecting the Pentagon’s request for two base closure rounds. Rather than simply ignoring this year’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2015, the panel included language in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it is scheduled to mark up Thursday precluding the department from using FY 2014 appropriations “to propose, plan for or execute an additional BRAC round …

Navy Completes Transfer of Federal City Property

  • May 21, 2013
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The Navy on Tuesday transferred 118 acres at the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans to the Algiers Development District, one of two local groups leading the Federal City project located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The Algiers district had signed a lease with the Navy for the site in 2008 and due to a provision in the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill, it was designated to take ownership of the property from the Navy. The property contains 51 buildings, nine of which are considered historic …

Milcon Panel Focuses Concerns on Impacts of Past Growth

  • May 21, 2013
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With the Army expected to decide shortly how it will rebalance its force structure as it reduces its active-duty end strength by 72,000 soldiers, House appropriators are concerned the service may commit to spending money on building new facilities after it already spent billions of dollars since 2005 on military construction to accommodate the population shifts generated by the last BRAC round. “Army planning to potentially add combat maneuver battalions and supporting units at certain installations in support of Army 2020 may result in a sizeable obligation to the Army’s budget at the same time the Army is trying to reduce the size of its force structure …

House Panel Expected to Avoid DOD Budget-Cutting Initiatives in Policy Bill

  • May 20, 2013
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Lawmakers on the six subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee are expected to tackle a number of high-profile issues when then mark up the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill this week — including the military’s handling of sexual assault, women in combat and oversight of drone strikes — but initiatives proposed by the Pentagon to help curb spending likely will be ignored. For starters, the Readiness Subcommittee is almost certain to leave out authorization for a base closure round in 2015 as DOD has requested …

Navy Expected to Transfer Alameda Point Parcel to City Soon

  • May 19, 2013
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The city of Alameda could take possession of a large chunk of the former Naval Air Station Alameda in a matter of weeks, following a vote this week by the City Council to approve the transfer of 509 acres of land and 870 acres of submerged property at the site on San Francisco Bay. The transfer would be the first of four from the Navy at what is now called Alameda Point under a no-cost economic development conveyance …

Army Should Issue Guidance on Facility Maintenance for Closed Bases, GAO Says

  • May 15, 2013
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In many instances following the closure of an Army installation during BRAC 2005, facilities were not maintained adequately to support reuse, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Community officials told the agency that the Army did not always maintain the facilities to their expectations, resulting in facility deterioration …

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