GAO to Look at Potential for Military Bases to Host Other Agencies, under Defense Bill

The House and Senate Armed Services committees are interested in finding out whether relocating non-defense agencies to military installations would save the federal government money and enhance security, according to language in the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill released earlier this week.

The bill would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a feasibility study that would answer the following questions:

  • whether military installations have sufficient excess facilities to accommodate the missions of non-defense agencies’ operations?
  • what factors would DOD and candidate agencies need to consider when evaluating the potential for relocating?
  • what obstacles exist to consolidating non-defense agencies onto military installations having excess capacity?
  • what non-federal organizations currently are tenants on installations?

The report also should assess the feasibility of relocating federal tenants — particularly those with national security-related missions — to installations that support Arctic missions, according to the bill.

The House is expected to pass the “pre-conferenced” measure before it adjourns for the year on Friday. The policy bill’s fate is less certain in the Senate, which is expected to take it up next week. The text of the legislation is available on the House Armed Services Committee website.

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