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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Customer Service Operation to Bring 600 Jobs to Ft. Monroe

  • July 31, 2014
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Liberty-Source PBC, a business process outsourcer, will invest $1.6 million to locate a customer service facility at the former Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va., that will create 596 jobs, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced last month. The company, which will provide finance, accounting, human resources, customer care and additional support services for its clients, employs a business model that uniquely relies on military spouses …

Air Force BRAC Program Is ‘Audit Ready’

  • July 30, 2014
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The environmental liability of $1.3 billion recorded on the books of the Air Force’s BRAC program is “complete and accurate,” the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) said this week. The announcement comes after AFCEC verified that internal processes are in place and information systems are properly tracking information for more than 5,200 sites for which it is responsible to clean up. The BRAC program achieved “audit readiness” three years ahead of the defense secretary’s mandated deadline …

Signs of Progress in Federal Effort to Pare List of Excess Properties

  • July 30, 2014
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At a House hearing on Tuesday, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) said the federal government’s ownership of 7,000 unneeded properties worth $350 billion is “unacceptable.” “The Congress and public will be astounded to learn of the unbelievable inventory of properties uncovered in documents provided to the committee after waiting nearly three years,” said Mica, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform’s Government Operations Subcommittee. Nearly 1,500 of the unneeded properties are valued in the multi-million-dollar range …

Walter Reed out of Running for FBI Headquarters

  • July 29, 2014
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The former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., will not become the new home of the FBI, after the General Services Administration (GSA) on Tuesday announced three candidate locations in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs to house the federal law enforcement agency. Walter Reed was never under official consideration by GSA for the headquarters, but strict security requirements recently prompted officials to look at additional locations that could accommodate a 350-foot setback, the Washington Post reported earlier this month …

Move of DOD Activity Could Jump Start Redevelopment of Annapolis Research Facility

  • July 28, 2014
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The planned move of the U.S. Joint Spectrum Center from the former David Taylor Research Center in Annapolis could revitalize a 10-year-old, $250 million reuse plan for the site on the Severn River. The Joint Spectrum Center, part of the Defense Information Systems Agency, remained at David Taylor after it was shuttered following an earlier BRAC round. The center and its 160 employees will relocate to Fort Meade, Md. …

LRA Looks for New Uses for Former Brunswick Control Tower

  • July 24, 2014
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The LRA for the former Brunswick Naval Air Station is considering a variety of uses for the $15 million air traffic control tower the Navy built 10 years ago, but directing air traffic is not likely to make the shortlist. That’s because there’s not enough flights to justify operating a tower at what is now home to Brunswick Executive Airport, Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, told the Times Record. The facility, located on Maine’s coast, needs to retain an aeronautical-related use, according to the terms of the public benefit conveyance allowing the Navy to transfer the airfield property to the authority …

Senate Appropriators Lend Support for Revising HUBZone Program

  • July 24, 2014
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A proposal to ease requirements for tenants at closed installations to qualify for the HUBZone program — a Small Business Administration (SBA) initiative offering preferential access to federal procurements to businesses in distressed areas — has picked up the endorsement of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The legislative change was added to the Senate version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill before the Armed Services Committee approved the measure in May. The language would expand the geographic boundaries of HUBZones at BRAC sites to include the town or county where the installation is located, or census tracts contiguous to the installation …

Growth Lags behind BRAC Projections outside Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • July 24, 2014
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Optimistic projections that BRAC-fueled growth would bring more than 18,000 contractor jobs and create demand for dozens of office buildings outside of Aberdeen Proving Ground have not been met since the installation in northeast Maryland was identified as the destination of R&D activities from other locations nine years ago. “We just haven’t seen the transformation of Aberdeen itself that a lot of people thought we would see,” Scott Dorsey, CEO of Merritt Properties LLC, told the Baltimore Sun. In 2008, Merritt purchased land in Aberdeen for five buildings, but so far has completed only one; it currently is empty …

House Readiness Chair Reiterates Stance on New BRAC Round

  • July 23, 2014
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At a summit on maintaining military readiness under spending constraints, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, reiterated his position that Congress shouldn’t consider approving a new round of base closures until the Pentagon clarifies the future direction of force structure and its objectives for the next BRAC. “And if we’re going to get this right, we need to finish some things, we need to understand where’s end strength going to end up, how are we going to properly resource in the face of sequester, in the face of transitioning out of [the overseas contingency operations account] …

New Jersey Adopts Comprehensive Approach to BRAC

  • July 21, 2014
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The state of New Jersey has launched a wide-ranging effort to stave off closures of its major installations in a future BRAC round, with state and elected officials joining with other stakeholders to preserve Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the Picatinny Arsenal. Earlier this year, Gov. Chris Christie approved $200,000 in the state budget for the Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force, headed by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. “We have to be amazingly proactive in . . . growing the missions at our bases …

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