The deadline for carrying out up to seven BRAC recommendations could be extended by one year, under the draft version of the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill that will be considered Thursday by the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee.
The subcommittee is “aware that the department is encountering difficulties in completing all of the BRAC 2005 actions by September 2011,” according to a written statement released by the panel. One specific concern of the subcommittee is that patient care standards at military hospitals are maintained.
Before the implementation deadline for a recommendation could be extended, the defense secretary would need to submit a report justifying the extension, certifying that the extension is needed to ensure the operational readiness of units or functions being relocated, and explaining the impact of the extension on affected communities. The report also would need to explain the impact of not providing the extension and include an estimate of the costs of an extension.
Another provision in the subcommittee’s mark would expand DOD’s authority to use military construction appropriations to mitigate impacts on local roads stemming from mission growth. The defense secretary would determine “the magnitude of the required improvements without regard to the extent to which traffic generated by the reservation is greater than other traffic in the vicinity of the reservation,” according to the draft language.
Implementation of recommendations from the 2005 round of BRAC would be covered under the provision.
The language also calls for DOD to convene the Economic Adjustment Committee to consider additional sources of funding for the Defense Access Roads program. The defense secretary would be required to submit an implementation plan for expanding funding sources to mitigate significant transportation impacts to military installations. Finally, the section would require DOD to submit a separate exhibit for the Defense Access Roads program as part of its annual budget request.
The full committee is scheduled to consider the authorization bill May 11.