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Picerne Military Housing Becomes Corvias Military Living

  • April 25, 2013
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Picerne Military Housing, the East Greenwich, R.I.-based firm founded in 1998 to partner with DOD to run military housing, is now Corvias Military Living. The name change announced earlier this month reinforces the corporate re-branding that began last July when the firm launched a student housing division, Corvias Campus Living. Since its founding, the company has partnered with the Army at seven posts to build, renovate and manage more than 21,000 homes. Corvias, which manages 6,500 homes at Fort Bragg, N.C., recently announced plans to expand the pilot program of apartments it built there in 2009 for single enlisted soldiers E6 and above. The company will add 120 units to the existing 312-unit Randolph Pointe complex, reported the Fayetteville Observer.

Energy, Utility Projects Create Potential Liability following BRAC, GAO Finds

  • April 21, 2013
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DOD expects to incur more than $24 million in costs at two installations shuttered during the 2005 round of base closures to unwind renewable energy and privatized utility projects affected by the closures, according to a new Government Accountability Office study. At Fort Monmouth, N.J., the Army paid about $24.3 million to terminate a renewable energy contract involving ground source heat pumps and to install several boilers to replace the heat pumps. The Army also terminated a privatized electrical utility contract at Fort Monroe, Va., but has not yet reached a settlement with the utility over the termination …

Public-Private Projects Should Be Accounted for in BRAC Analysis, GAO Recommends

  • April 18, 2013
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In a review of the impact of the growing number of privatization projects on military installations, the Government Accountability Office concluded that future base closure rounds would benefit from the Defense Department providing more comprehensive information about the potential costs created when DOD terminates project agreements with the private sector. The congressional watchdog agency found that the department likely would incur liabilities following a BRAC round for renewable energy and privatized utility projects on affected installations …

Senate Report Criticizes Planned Housing Privatization Project in Korea

  • April 17, 2013
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Pentagon spending to support a permanent military presence in Germany, South Korea and Japan is subject to little oversight and rising faster than anticipated, according to a report released Wednesday by the Senate Armed Services Committee. Nearly 70 percent of the $10 billion DOD spends on overseas installations goes to facilities in those three countries. The committee’s review looked at how the burden of costs is shared between the United States and its allies, the impact of planned posture changes on those costs, and the spending and oversight of foreign governments’ in-kind payments used for military construction projects …

Reforming Federal Property Disposal Still a Priority of Congress, White House

  • April 9, 2013
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Despite recently auctioning off a high-profile property in Northwest Washington, D.C., the federal government still has a way to go in its effort to streamline the process for agencies to dispose of excess properties. Last month a development team submitted the winning bid of $19.5 million to purchase the Georgetown West Heating Plant, a vacant property over the past decade that has cost $3.5 million in annual upkeep. Still, only a minority of the savings made in response to President Obama’s initiative to cut real estate spending has come from getting rid of some of the federal government’s 14,000 excess properties …

Lend Lease Closes on Fourth Phase of Construction at Carolina Marine Corps Bases

  • April 2, 2013
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Lend Lease is set to start construction of new homes and other facilities after closing Monday on $78.9 million in government funding for phase four of its housing privatization project covering Marine Corps installations in four states. Much of the new construction under phase four for Atlantic Marine Corps Communities LLC — the 50-year partnership between Lend Lease and the Navy — will take place at Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. …

Florida Legislature to Debate Bill to Exempt Base Housing from Local Taxes

  • March 31, 2013
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A measure to exempt military housing owned by the private sector from local property taxes has been steadily moving through both chambers of the Florida Legislature. On Thursday the legislation cleared the last of several House committees and now will go to that chamber’s floor. A version of the bill also has moved through multiple Senate panels, and is expected to be debated in that chamber this week …

Air Force Looks to Grow EUL Program

  • March 31, 2013
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Air Force officials have set a goal of realizing $5 billion in net present value through the service’s enhanced use leasing program by 2020. The net present value of existing EULs is an estimated $249.2 million, reports the Air Force Civil Engineer Center. The center also has 25 projects in different EUL development phases worth an estimated $696 million in net present value …

House Panel Approves Bipartisan Measure to Accelerate Property Disposal

  • March 20, 2013
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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday approved a measure that would establish a five-year pilot program to expedite the disposal of the federal government’s most profitable surplus properties. H.R. 328, the Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act, would remove red tape and increase transparency by creating an online database for all property owned by the federal government …

Federal Agencies Directed to Streamline Real Estate Inventories

  • March 17, 2013
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The Office of Management and Budget is imposing a “Freeze the Footprint” policy on federal agencies designed to restrict the growth in their office and warehouse space. To avoid a net increase in their real property assets, compared to a fiscal 2012 baseline, agencies will be encouraged to pursue more co-locations and consolidations while selling off unneeded properties …

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