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Posts Tagged ‘defense real estate’

Eglin EUL Enhances Mission while Supporting Upgrades for Base Facilities

  • June 1, 2014
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Air Force officials had plenty of reasons to be happy during last month’s ribbon-cutting for a resort hotel at Fort Walton Beach built on property owned by Eglin AFB. The 152-room Holiday Inn Destin West Resort on the Florida Panhandle, developed by Emerald Breeze Resort Group through an enhanced use lease (EUL), will provide the installation with an added revenue stream to fund infrastructure upgrades and repairs. The EUL program has helped make up for a significant shortfall in Eglin’s budget for facility repairs and upgrades, providing almost $30 million through in-kind payments from existing projects …

Solar Project Coming to Luke AFB under EUL with Arizona Utility

  • May 23, 2014
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The Air Force and Arizona Public Service have completed negotiations over an enhanced use lease (EUL) project that will result in the development of a photovoltaic solar energy project on a 102-acre parcel at Luke Air Force Base, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center announced this week. The local utility will construct, operate and maintain the project at the installation located northwest of Phoenix. The power generated would be used to meet Luke’s renewable energy generation goals. To date, AFCEC has closed eight EUL projects with considerations worth more than $250 million.

Committee Asks whether DOD Is Using Property Efficiently

  • May 15, 2014
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Due to concern as to whether the Defense Department is managing its real estate holdings efficiently, the House Armed Services Committee asks the Air Force to provide a report on its need to retain a housing area formerly used by Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., according to report language accompanying the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. “In an era of declining resources, the committee is concerned by decisions made by the Department of Defense to retain underutilized real property …

Panel Interested in Feasibility of Privatized Housing Venture on Guam

  • May 13, 2014
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee is directing DOD to conduct a feasibility study for relying on a public-private venture to provide military housing on Guam following the arrival of about 4,000 Marines from Okinawa beginning in the mid-2020s, according to report language accompanying the panel’s portion of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The report should address any factors that could inhibit establishment of such a venture, and assess the current backlog and projected backlogs in family housing under the department’s five-year spending plan …

Federal Scoring Rules Need to Be Revisited, Robyn Says

  • May 8, 2014
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Dorothy Robyn, a former deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, makes the case for reforming the way the federal government treats real estate leases and public-private ventures for budgetary purposes, in a commentary in the Washington Post. “The budgetary rules that govern investment in these assets are a blunt instrument that does serious collateral damage. Reforming these rules would allow the government to shrink its real estate footprint, modernize its legacy infrastructure for the 21st century and save billions of dollars …

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 …

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