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Installation Chiefs Brief Lawmakers on Use of Public-Private Partnerships

  • May 4, 2014
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The Congressional Caucus on Public-Private Partnerships last week hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to learn how each of the military departments have employed public-private partnerships and to find out if there are “lessons learned” other federal agencies can benefit from. One possible outcome, though, could be new legislation to support DOD. “As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I see the importance of flexibility and innovation in the Department of Defense, and I think the department would benefit from expanded P3 authority …

Elimination of Commissary Subsidy Could Have Far-Reaching Consequences

  • April 24, 2014
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The Obama administration’s plan to slash the annual subsidy for military grocery stores could jeopardize the viability of military exchanges as well as quality-of-life programs, according to a former director of the Defense Commissary Agency. “The role of the dice is not just on whether the commissaries will survive, it’s whether the entire system can survive,” Richard Beale Jr., who led the Defense Commissary Agency from 1992 to 1999 …

Installation Chiefs to Brief Lawmakers on Public-Private Partnerships

  • April 23, 2014
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The military services’ installation chiefs will talk about the various ways DOD leverages the private sector to support its infrastructure needs during a panel discussion next week hosted by the Congressional Caucus on Public-Private Partnerships (P3). The panel will include: Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics; Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment; and Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment …

Feds Reconsider Wage Rules Affecting On-Base Eateries

  • April 22, 2014
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The Labor Department is reconsidering new rules requiring federal contractors to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers, after restaurants at several military installations opted to close recently. The rules, issued last fall, require federal contractors operating under the Service Contract Act to pay fast food workers a higher minimum wage, as well as additional health and welfare benefits. Now, the Labor Department has said it would “reissue industry-specific fast food wage determinations in the near future …

Army Needs to Help Communities Understand Impact of Privatized Lodging, Panel Says

  • April 15, 2014
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The owners of hotels outside military installations that have privatized lodging are concerned on-post facilities could gain an unfair competitive advantage, according to the report of the House Appropriations Committee accompanying its fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. Their concern stems from the possibility that hotels developed under the Privatized Army Lodging (PAL) program could be made available to the general public while also benefitting from hotel stays made by soldiers who are traveling …

Army Breaks Ground on Flight Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

  • April 14, 2014
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The Army’s flight activity center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurt is finally getting a new home – after operating for more than 50 years out of an outdated hangar originally designed for the Navy’s antisubmarine blimp fleet. Officials broke ground Friday on a new facility to house Communications-Electronics Research…

Deal over UAS Park at Grand Forks AFB Expected in June

  • April 13, 2014
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The Air Force expects to reach final agreement over an enhanced use lease (EUL) at Grand Forks Air Force Base for a business and technology park focused on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in June, Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, said last week. Grand Forks County is the Air Force’s local partner for the EUL, which will cover 217 acres at the installation. Northrop Grumman will be the Grand Sky project’s anchor tenant. “The agreement we’re forging in North Dakota between Grand Forks County, the Air Force and Northrop Grumman will help create one of the premier hubs in this country for developing unmanned aerial system technologies,” said North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven …

Key West Housing Project Exempt from Property Taxes, Florida Court Rules

  • April 3, 2014
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The Navy’s housing partner in Key West, Fla., is exempt from paying local property taxes and, as a result, does not need to pay about $11 million in back taxes, a Monroe County Circuit Court judge ruled this week. The county’s property appraiser ended the property tax exemption in 2012 on 895 units at Naval Air Station Key West and filed liens seeking back taxes, penalties and interest for the previous four years …

Plan to Consolidate Exchanges, Commissaries Would Mitigate Budget Cuts

  • March 31, 2014
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A proposal from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) to consolidate military commissaries and base exchanges could provide an alternate means to generate some of the savings required under the Pentagon’s plan to trim the annual subsidy for military grocery stores over the next three years. The AAFES proposal, submitted March 17 to senior DOD officials, concluded that a consolidation could save $250 million to $450 million a year in commissary overhead …

Only Two Services Used Privatization Authority for Unaccompanied Housing

  • March 30, 2014
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The four military services have come to varying conclusions regarding the feasibility of relying on privatized housing for unaccompanied personnel, with only the Army and Navy taking advantage of the authority, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Analyses conducted by the services about the potential of privatizing housing for personnel with no dependents considered a number of factors, including the availability of the basic allowance for housing (BAH) — which provides a stream of revenue in the form of rent payments for the projects — for junior unaccompanied personnel …

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