Budget Hearing to Focus on DOD’s Declining Investment in Facilities

The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee next week will hold a hearing to assess the long-term impact of the steep cuts in spending on facilities spurred by the Budget Control Act.

“The budget reductions, compounded by the deep cut of sequestration, have placed a significant strain on installation investment accounts and forced the acceptance of increased risk within aging infrastructure,” according to a statement from the committee. 

The hearing, titled “Alignment of Infrastructure Investment and Risk and Defense Strategic Requirements,” will look at the fiscal 2016 budget request for military construction, family housing, BRAC, and facilities operations and maintenance. It also is expected to explore the justification for DOD’s request to hold a BRAC round in 2017.

The statement summarized the hearing’s main objectives as determining “to what extent the risks in infrastructure investment have been calculated, what has been the impact of reduced investment, is the new base realignment and closure request appropriate in the near-term, and does the infrastructure investment strategy align with the national security strategy and defense strategic guidance?”

The installation chiefs for DOD and each of the services will appear:

  • John Conger, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations, and environment
  • Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy, and environment
  • Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations, and environment
  • Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy

The hearing, scheduled for March 3 at 3:30 p.m., can be viewed live on the committee website.


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