• 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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  • Eglin AFB Seeks Partner to Develop Excess Property

    Eglin AFB Seeks Partner to Develop Excess Property0

    After partnering with a developer to build a 152-room, beachfront Holiday Inn Resort on 17 acres in Fort Walton Beach, officials at Eglin Air Force Base are seeking ideas for a 50-acre property in the same city on the Florida Panhandle. “Some of our land was underutilized and not necessary for our mission needs,” Glenn Wagner, director of real estate for Eglin, told the Pensacola News Journal. The 2014 project, built through an enhanced use lease, was so successful that the developer is building a 175-room Hilton Garden Inn next door, Wagner said …

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  • Army Rethinking Model for Delivering Installation Support Services

    Army Rethinking Model for Delivering Installation Support Services1

    The Army has launched a formal effort to consider a new model for providing installation support services with the aim of turning over some functions to the private sector and finding more efficient uses for posts’ excess property. Army facility experts next month will meet for one week to determine what functions need to be located on an installation and to craft a plan for transferring responsibility for on-base services that could be delivered outside a post’s security perimeter to private operators, reported Federal News Radio. “I think we have an opportunity to reset ourselves for the future, taking a look at new technologies, new requirements, current affordability,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and the environment …

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  • Congress to Hold off New Base Closures for Now, Colorado Lawmaker Says0

    The leadership of the House Armed Services Committee remains opposed to DOD’s request for a new BRAC round, said Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn (R), but Colorado Springs leaders need to be prepared for the prospect that Congress OKs a BRAC at some point. “It’s an issue that isn’t going away,” Lamborn told local business leaders Monday. “How we respond as a community is a big deal …

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