• Defense Bill Would Impose Limits on European Infrastructure Consolidation0

    Congress intends to reconsider the Pentagon’s plan to downsize its European footprint in light of Russia’s aggressive stance toward the West. The final version of the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill calls for DOD to craft a strategy for stationing more troops in Europe on a permanent basis, an effort that will require officials to assess the capacity of existing locations and potential new sites, and to reevaluate locations slated to be divested under the European Infrastructure Consolidation initiative …

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  • GAO Highlights Primary Challenges to Reducing Unneeded Federal Facilities

    GAO Highlights Primary Challenges to Reducing Unneeded Federal Facilities0

    Since 2012 the federal government has taken steps to trim its inventory of underutilized properties but the current administration still faces a variety of challenges before it can make a significant dent in its portfolio of excess properties, a senior official from the Government Accountability Office told lawmakers on Friday. The five primary challenges agencies need to overcome, according to Dave Wise, GAO’s director of physical infrastructure, include: a lack of reliable data with which to measure the extent of the problem; a complex disposal process; costly environmental requirements; competing stakeholder interests; and limited accessibility of some federal properties …

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  • Bipartisan Legislation Would Allow Arsenals to Lease Excess Space

    Bipartisan Legislation Would Allow Arsenals to Lease Excess Space0

    The Defense Department’s three manufacturing arsenals would regain the authority to offer long-term leases for excess space to the private sector, under bipartisan legislation introduced last week in the Senate. The Arsenal Installation Reutilization Authority would allow the arsenals — Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.; Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark.; and Watervliet Arsenal, N.Y. — to approve 25-year leases until September 2019, generating jobs and income until 2044, according to a news release issued by the office of Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). Ernst introduced the legislation along with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). The arsenals’ long-term leasing authority expired in 2012 …

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