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Malmstrom AFB Solicitation for EUL Fails to Attract Proposals

  • February 24, 2015
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A recent solicitation from Malmstrom Air Force Base to lease a 42-acre parcel via an enhanced use lease failed to attract any proposals. Installation officials had published a request for information for prospective developers, even though its family housing partner, Balfour Beatty Communities, retained the right of first refusal, reported the Great Falls Tribune. Balfour Beatty now is considering using the property for base housing, even though the firm did not respond to Malmstrom’s request. Balfour’s proposal could be connected to its housing project or it could pursue an enhanced use lease, according to Mark Coleman, Malmstrom’s real property officer. Base officials believed an enhanced use lease for the tract would benefit the Air Force Community Partnership Program, the service’s effort to take advantage of the new authority allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with their host community, according to the story.

UK Leads the Way in Employing Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Military’s Efficiency

  • February 23, 2015
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The Department of Defense has taken advantage of public-private partnerships (P3s) to upgrade its infrastructure for family housing and utilities, and to develop new on-base sources of renewable energy, but there are a host of other areas for the department to leverage private sector investment, according to a recent commentary in Government Executive. Nick Greenwood, managing director of the infrastructure advisory group for KPMG LLP, points to the United Kingdom, where its Ministry of Defence has relied on P3s for a variety of infrastructure needs along with an array of military and support services. P3s have been used to refurbish the ministry’s main building in Whitehall, consolidate its real estate in London and rebuild the government’s communications headquarters …

Finding Consensus on Best Approach to Reforming Commissary Benefit Proves Elusive

  • February 22, 2015
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Neither the Pentagon’s plan for slashing the federal subsidy for military grocery stores nor a congressional commission’s recommendations for gaining efficiencies in the commissary system will prove successful, according to two recent analyses. Last month, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission called for consolidating DOD’s three exchange services with the Defense Commissary Agency as a way to maintain the benefits of all base stores. Consolidating those four organizations into a new Defense Resale Activity, though, would cost $466 million and take from six to nine years to carry out, according to a position paper from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. The upfront costs wouldn’t be recouped through efficiencies for 85 years, AAFES concluded …

Officials Celebrate Lease Signing for UAS Park at Grand Forks AFB

  • February 18, 2015
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The Air Force, Grand Forks County and Grand Sky Development Co. on Wednesday celebrated the execution of the enhanced use lease — and the beginning of development — for the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) business and aviation park at Grand Forks AFB, N.D. Grand Sky is expected to take advantage of the burgeoning unmanned systems industry, catering to organizations interested in taking advantage of the open airspace in the northern Plains for UAS research, testing, training and operations. In addition to growth in the use of UAS by federal agencies, commercial applications are projected to jump dramatically as the FAA opens up the national airspace to unmanned aircraft …

VA Contemplates Holding Exercise to Trim Unneeded Facilities

  • February 18, 2015
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During a Capitol Hill hearing on its fiscal 2016 budget request, the Veterans Affairs Department last week broached the possibility of conducting a BRAC-like exercise that would allow it to shed hundreds of aging hospitals and clinics it no longer needs. “VA cannot be a sound steward of the taxpayers’ resources with the asset portfolio that we’re currently carrying,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald told the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “No business would carry such a portfolio. Veterans deserve much better. It’s time to close the VA’s old substandard and underutilized infrastructure …

Army Housing Partners Intent on Minimizing Impact of Benefits Cut

  • February 16, 2015
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Family housing developers at Army installations are trying to absorb the one percent reduction in basic allowance for housing imposed starting this fiscal year so that military families won’t need to make up the difference out-of-pocket. Slowing the growth in the BAH so it covers only 99 percent of rental costs was one of the few cost-saving reforms Congress included in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. To absorb the extra cost, developers are looking for ways to operate more efficiently, said Ivan Bolden, chief of the privatization and partnerships division of the Army’s office of the assistant chief of staff for installation management …

Housing Partner to Expand Eligibility at Camp Lejeune

  • January 28, 2015
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Atlantic Marine Corps Communities is opening up family housing at Camp Lejeune, N.C., to military retirees, surviving spouses of active-duty and retired service members, and DOD employees and contractors. The move is intended to lower the housing project’s vacancy rate. Many installations across DOD have similarly opened their doors to residents who are not active-duty military personnel. “Lejeune is one of the last few installations that hasn’t opened to these categories until now,” Alanna King, marketing manager for Atlantic Marine, told the Jacksonville Daily News …

Two More Posts Open Family Housing to Military Retirees, Civilians

  • January 12, 2015
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Two Army installations recently have opened their family housing to military retirees and DOD civilians in an effort to raise occupancy rates. Last month, Corvias Military Living started allowing military retirees, DOD civilians and the families of slain soldiers to apply to live on Fort Bragg, N.C. Last week, housing officials there said they would accept DOD civilians who are single and service members at the rank of sergeant in an on-base apartment complex, reported the Fayetteville Observer. Those apartments previously were available only to service members with a rank of E-6 or higher …

Stakeholders Meet to Streamline Air Force’s Utilities Privatization Process

  • January 6, 2015
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Stakeholders from across the Air Force and DOD met at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) to streamline the process for turning over utility systems to the private sector. Officials from headquarters Air Force, AFCEC’s Installations and Energy directorates, and the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, along with Air Force legal counsel, major command utilities privatization representatives and installation contracting officer representatives, focused on eliminating redundancies from the existing process for privatizing water, wastewater, electric and natural gas utilities …

Commissaries Earn Reprieve in Omnibus

  • December 10, 2014
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The massive omnibus spending bill unveiled Tuesday would restore most of the $100 million cut in the federal subsidy for military grocery stores included in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, a move that should ensure commissary operations remain at current levels. The FY 2015 omnibus, which would fund almost all government agencies through next September, would restore $90 million of the proposed reduction, reports Stars and Stripes. As a result, service members, their family members and veterans should not see a reduction in the discounts offered at the stores …

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