DOD will need to redo its 2017 estimate of its excess capacity in a way that addresses shortcomings with the department’s methodology that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified in a recent study, according to the committee report accompanying the Senate version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. GAO said DOD’s analysis did not offer a clear rationale for using a 1989 baseline for excess capacity and used assumptions that may not be reasonable. “The committee is concerned that without initial excess capacity estimates that are accurate and sufficient, the department may not be providing the Congress with the information necessary to make a fully informed decision on a future BRAC round,” the panel states.
The committee directs the assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment to “reliably update the baseline used for estimating excess infrastructure capacity, using assumptions in estimating excess capacity that are considered realistic and credible.” The report language directs DOD to report back to the committee by Feb. 1, 2019. The House version of the authorization bill includes statutory text requiring DOD to conduct a more rigorous analysis of the department’s excess capacity. It calls for the department to identify any deficit or surplus in infrastructure for each military department, and for locations within the continental United States.