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Posts Tagged ‘excess property’

Reforming Federal Property Disposal Still a Priority of Congress, White House

  • April 9, 2013
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Despite recently auctioning off a high-profile property in Northwest Washington, D.C., the federal government still has a way to go in its effort to streamline the process for agencies to dispose of excess properties. Last month a development team submitted the winning bid of $19.5 million to purchase the Georgetown West Heating Plant, a vacant property over the past decade that has cost $3.5 million in annual upkeep. Still, only a minority of the savings made in response to President Obama’s initiative to cut real estate spending has come from getting rid of some of the federal government’s 14,000 excess properties …

Levin Remains Opposed to New BRAC Round

  • April 9, 2013
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Reports of BRAC’s death have not been greatly exaggerated, at least according to the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. On Tuesday, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said he didn’t expect the Obama administration to request new base closure rounds in its fiscal 2014 budget request since Congress already made it clear last year that it was opposed to authorizing additional BRAC rounds …

House Panel Approves Bipartisan Measure to Accelerate Property Disposal

  • March 20, 2013
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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday approved a measure that would establish a five-year pilot program to expedite the disposal of the federal government’s most profitable surplus properties. H.R. 328, the Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act, would remove red tape and increase transparency by creating an online database for all property owned by the federal government …

Improved Industrial Efficiency Contributing to Excess Infrastructure, Hammack Says

  • March 18, 2013
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The Pentagon’s plan to shrink the Army’s active duty end strength from 570,00 soldiers in fiscal 2010 to 490,000 soldiers by FY 2017, along with possibility of greater reductions forced by sequestration, are the primary drivers behind the service’s argument that it needs a base closure round to trim excess capacity. But in her testimony delivered last week to the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and the environment, also cited improvements in the efficiency of the service’s industrial base as another factor driving the Army’s need for a smaller footprint …

Federal Agencies Directed to Streamline Real Estate Inventories

  • March 17, 2013
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The Office of Management and Budget is imposing a “Freeze the Footprint” policy on federal agencies designed to restrict the growth in their office and warehouse space. To avoid a net increase in their real property assets, compared to a fiscal 2012 baseline, agencies will be encouraged to pursue more co-locations and consolidations while selling off unneeded properties …

Pentagon Reviewing ‘Footprint’ in Europe

  • March 17, 2013
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Defense officials are conducting a comprehensive assessment of DOD’s European infrastructure with the goal of consolidating the military footprint to trim expenses. Options developed through the “BRAC-like” process, which then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta initiated in January, are scheduled to be completed for consideration by Panetta’s successor, Chuck Hagel, before the end of the calendar year …

Army Needs BRAC Too

  • March 5, 2013
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While Air Force officials have said over the past year they have a substantial amount of excess infrastructure that a new base closure round could address, the Army hasn’t been as clear about its interest in a new BRAC round. According to written testimony from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army would benefit from a new round as well, primarily due to reductions in the service’s end strength slated to occur over the next several years …

BRAC Badly Needed to Operate Efficiently, Air Force Commander Says

  • February 25, 2013
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The chief of Air Combat Command said last week he would like to close “every third base” under his responsibility to streamline the service’s excess infrastructure and eliminate inefficient spending. And to make it more likely that Congress goes along with the Pentagon’s request for a new round of BRAC, Gen. Mike Hostage, chief of Air Combat Command, suggested the department reverse the methodology used for selecting bases to close …

Air Force Has Little Left to Cut … Except for Bases, Secretary Says

  • January 9, 2013
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The Air Force has undergone a dramatic downsizing over the past decade to produce a force that is smaller than before 9/11, eliminating more than 30,000 personnel and retiring nearly 1,900 aircraft. Shrinking the Air Force has been the only effective response to declining budgets that would maintain readiness, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley explains in a series of commentaries this week …

Military Readiness Hampered by Excess Infrastructure, Defense Chief Says

  • December 21, 2012
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The Pentagon’s year-old defense strategy is threatened by two principal dangers, stress on the force and a political system that forces the military to operate with little certainty about available resources, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said this week at a National Press Club luncheon. The department’s effort to ensure the health of the force by investing in its readiness, though, is hamstrung by political considerations that prevent officials from directing funding to the military’s highest priorities …

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