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American Water Upgrades Utilities at Hill AFB

  • April 28, 2015
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After being awarded a $288 million utilities privatization contract for Hill Air Force Base in January 2014, American Water has launched an initiative to invest $3.6 million in its first three contract years to upgrade water and wastewater systems at the installation in northern Utah. “The first year efforts include a major upgrade to one of our wells, as well as other replacements and infrastructure improvements,” Mark Persico, primary contracting officer representative for the contract, told Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs. “Over the next two to three months, projects include work on three sewage lift stations, 1,900 linear feet of sewer line, 13 pressure-reducing valves and replacement of 10 fire hydrants …

Subcommittee Chairman Appears to Favor Consolidation Plan for Exchanges, Commissaries

  • April 19, 2015
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After gaining support among top DOD leaders, a plan to consolidate the military’s commissary and exchange systems now may be favored by a key lawmaker responsible for personnel policy. Rep. Joe Heck, chairman of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, has been reviewing the report of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, which in January called for consolidating DOD’s three exchange services with the Defense Commissary Agency into a single Defense Resale Activity …

GAO Highlights Need for DOD to Improve Tracking of Underutilized Facilities

  • April 14, 2015
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In a report presenting 66 actions the federal government could take to improve efficiency, the Government Accountability Office reiterates the need for the Defense Department to improve its processes for identifying underutilized facilities as a prerequisite for consolidating or disposing of unneeded facilities. The congressional watchdog agency cited its earlier recommendations calling for DOD to modify its procedures for updating and verifying data on the utilization of facilities, and to establish a strategic plan to manage its real property. The plan should include long-term goals, strategies and use of metrics to help the department identify potential consolidation or disposal opportunities …

Ceremony Marks Demolition of Aging Housing at Ft. Hood

  • April 8, 2015
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Fort Hood’s garrison commander took the first ceremonial swipe with an excavator on Tuesday as installation officials celebrated the beginning of an 18-month effort to demolish 518 residences built in 1953 and 1954 to house enlisted families. The project is part of a larger plan to modernize the post’s housing, reports the Killeen Daily Herald. Since assuming responsibility for family housing at Fort Hood in 2001, Lend Lease Public Partnerships has built 232 single-family homes and 974 duplexes, and renovated more than 1,600 units. Not counting the homes slated for demolition, the installation has 5,351 homes for families …

Higher Prices Won’t Offset Cuts in Commissary Subsidies, RAND Concludes

  • March 31, 2015
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The administration’s plan to offset cuts in subsidies to military grocery stores through higher prices likely won’t be successful, according to a new RAND study. Raising prices at commissaries can be expected to result in a drop in unit sales and total revenue as shoppers are likely to be relatively responsive to changes in price. As a result, the authors conclude that “raising overall price levels will likely not be a successful strategy to cover shortfalls in costs caused by the elimination of the annual U.S. Department of Defense appropriation.” And while military families who shop at commissaries would see their grocery bills increase, their extra expenses likely would be offset somewhat as they shopped elsewhere for some groceries and other items …

White House Endorses Recommendations to Overhaul Military Compensation

  • March 30, 2015
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President Obama said Monday he will support the broad package of reforms to military pay and benefits proposed earlier this year by a congressionally chartered panel. “I believe the recommendations are an important step forward in protecting the long-term viability of the all-volunteer force, improving quality-of-life for service members and their families, and ensuring the fiscal sustainability of the military compensation and retirement systems,” Obama wrote in a letter to Congress. The president said the administration will send Congress by April 30 a set of legislative proposals based on the recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission …

Installations Could House Commercial Cloud Centers, Pentagon CIO Says

  • March 30, 2015
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The Defense Department is assessing a proposal to house commercial data distribution centers on military installations as way to speed the military’s reliance on commercial cloud services. The facilities would serve both DOD and non-DOD customers, providing high-level security for data and applications belonging to both military and non-governmental entities, such as financial institutions, reported Federal Times. The plan, broached by Pentagon Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen earlier this month, would provide new revenue opportunities for commercial cloud providers and result in lower prices for DOD …

Air Force Selects Developer for EUL at JB Charleston

  • March 26, 2015
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Air Force officials are negotiating a final lease agreement for a 30-acre parcel at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., with Charleston Area 2000 LLC, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center announced this week. The property would be leased through the enhanced use lease program. An opportunity assessment performed by AFCEC in January 2014 identified aviation-related, light-industrial development as the property’s highest potential value and use, according to Dave Funk, EUL program chief. “We’ve got a valuable piece of property that is currently underutilized …

All Federal Agencies Will Need to Trim Real Property, under New OMB Policy

  • March 25, 2015
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Federal agencies, including the Defense Department, will be required to craft plans to reduce their real property footprint over the next five years, under a memo the Office of Management and Budget is scheduled to issue today. The memo, titled “National Strategy for the Efficient Use of Real Property: Reducing the Federal Portfolio through Improved Space Utilization, Consolidation and Disposal,” is a follow-on to the agency’s “Freeze the Footprint” policy issued in 2013. For the Pentagon, the policy means reducing excess space without relying on a BRAC round to shed large chunks of its real estate portfolio …

BRAC Process Would Help VA Replace Obsolete Facilities

  • March 9, 2015
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Veterans Affairs officials have concluded the agency is badly in need of a BRAC-like process that would allow it to dispose of hundreds of facilities that are either antiquated or no longer needed because they are located far from veteran populations. “VA cannot be a sound steward of the taxpayers’ resources with the asset portfolio we carry. No business would carry such a portfolio, and veterans deserve better,” Secretary Robert McDonald told the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee last week. “It’s time to close VA’s old substandard and underutilized infrastructure …

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