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Excess Property Legislation Calls for Pilot Program to Expedite Disposal of Federal Sites

  • July 30, 2013
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Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate intended to slash the federal government’s inventory of unneeded building and facilities includes a pilot program for streamlining the rules for disposing of surplus properties. The 2013 Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act — introduced Monday by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and committee members Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) — would provide the director of the Office of Management and Budget the authority to dispose of up to 200 properties each year, with priority going to those properties that have the highest fair market value …

Congress, GSA Look to P3 to Tame Federal Real Estate Costs

  • July 24, 2013
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House lawmakers and federal officials believe public-private partnerships (P3s) are the key to helping the federal government dispose of excess properties as well as reduce its real estate costs. “The question is, can we provide that space in a more cost effective manner? P3s effectively used have the potential to help leverage private expertise in meeting those needs and developing and restoring agency properties,” said Rep. Lou Barletta …

Spending Bill Amendment Aimed at Underutilized Facilities

  • July 24, 2013
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Language adopted Tuesday by House lawmakers barring the Defense Department from spending money maintaining facilities it no longer uses is intended to eliminate wasteful spending, according to the office of Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy, who sponsored the amendment. The provision, approved during debate over the fiscal 2014 defense appropriations measure, is not targeted at installations closed through BRAC …

There is a Way to Jump Start a New BRAC Round, Former DOD Official Says

  • June 25, 2013
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One way the Pentagon could spur Congress to agree to hold another base closure round is to publicly release a list of bases it would close if it could, a strategy DOD relied on to build momentum to create the BRAC process more than 25 years ago, Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, writes in a commentary in the Hill. After President Reagan began his second term in 1985, the department faced a similar crisis as it does today, with a mandate to slash spending. Senate Armed Services Chairman Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) and Korb, then the assistant secretary of defense, came up with the idea of releasing a list of excess bases after Korb explained the difficulty of closing an installation under existing laws …

Navy Stands apart on BRAC, Shared Services

  • June 23, 2013
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It’s not quite like Goldilocks and the Three Bears — the Army and Navy both believe their infrastructure is too large. But for the Navy, it’s just right. At the Defense Communities National Summit earlier this month, Roger Natsuhara, the Navy’s acting assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, drew a sharp distinction between recent trends facing the Army and the Air Force, and the Navy. While the force structure of the other two services has declined since the last base closure round, or is slated to, the Navy’s has not …

GSA Eager to Streamline Federal Property Footprint

  • June 20, 2013
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Dan Tangherlini, acting administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), told lawmakers he’s eager to work with Congress to ease the process for disposing of excess property. “I think the three ingredients you need to cook anything up in Washington are there. You have a proposal from the administration, you have a version of the bill from the House and you have your own version of a bill here in the Senate …

It’s Not Entirely Clear How Much Excess Capacity Exists in DOD, GAO Finds

  • June 20, 2013
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It is difficult to evaluate the accuracy of the Pentagon’s estimate that about 20 percent excess capacity remains since the end of BRAC 2005 due to a number of limitations in the methods DOD uses to estimate its surplus property outside of a base closure round, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). DOD has recently stated that it has 20 percent excess capacity based on calculations conducted in 2004 and 2005. GAO found, however, that the calculation combined figures expressing different measures …

BRAC May Be Better than the Alternatives, Conger Tells Summit

  • June 12, 2013
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The initial reaction most lawmakers — and their constituents who live in defense communities — have when confronted with the question as to whether a new BRAC round is in their best interest is that the voters they represent would be better off without one. But that’s the wrong question to ask, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and energy, told the audience at the Defense Communities National Summit on Wednesday. The question lawmakers should be considering, Conger said, is what are the alternatives for DOD in the absence of congressional authorization to conduct additional base closures …

Budget Morass Holding Air Force Back, Donley Says

  • May 27, 2013
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The lack of a consensus between the Pentagon and Congress on a range of budget and strategic issues affecting the Air Force, especially changes to its force structure, could jeopardize the effectiveness of the service in the coming decade, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley told reporters during his last scheduled news conference. “We need a broader discussion with Congress on the strategic choices we’re going to have to make as a nation to make sure that we retain an effective and capable military and, for us, maintain our role as the best Air Force in the world over the next 10 years …

Readiness Panel Rejects BRAC Request

  • May 23, 2013
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee made it clear Thursday that it opposes the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2015, approving language in its portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that would preclude the department from using FY 2014 appropriations “to propose, plan for or execute an additional BRAC round.” Subcommittee Chairman Rob Wittman (R-Va.) said further review — including congressional hearings and DOD analysis — would be required before the Armed Services Committee could consider endorsing a new round of base closures …

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