• 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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  • Michigan Looks to Economic Study to Help Grow Defense Presence

    Michigan Looks to Economic Study to Help Grow Defense Presence0

    A study sponsored by the Michigan Defense Center is expected to shape state efforts to preserve its Army and Air National Guard facilities following a future BRAC round as well as to attract new missions. DOD accounts for an estimated $8 billion in annual spending in Michigan, an impact the center would like to grow. About 67 of Michigan’s 83 counties are a place of business under at least one defense contract, said Sean Carlson, the agency’s executive director. The $400,000 study — being prepared by Matrix Design Group — should provide officials an understanding of what military activities would best fit the state’s industries and workforce, reported Crain’s Detroit Business. The study should be completed within several weeks. The military has a significant amount of excess infrastructure and needs to find ways to cut spending on its infrastructure. “It stands to reason that you can’t afford to keep everything you have open, so there is a lot of pressure to make base operations dollars stretch further,” said Sal Nodjomian, executive vice president at Matrix and program manager for the study.

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  • Obama Administration Again Looks to Military Bases to House Border-Crossing Minors

    Obama Administration Again Looks to Military Bases to House Border-Crossing Minors1

    For the second time in less than two years, the Obama administration is considering using military installations to house unaccompanied children who have crossed the nation’s southern border illegally, according to lawmakers. The Department of Health and Human Services has asked for a total of 5,000 beds at military facilities to meet an increase in demand, said DOD spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Crosson. HHS, which would be responsible for overseeing and funding the operation, is considering six installations to house the minors …

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  • Senate Committee Passes Measure to Streamline Disposal of Civilian Property0

    Federal agencies would be able to use a streamlined process to dispose of unneeded properties as part of an effort to slash the size of the federal real property inventory, under bipartisan legislation approved last week by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “The federal government is sitting on thousands of federal properties that could be consolidated or sold. Because it doesn’t dispose of them, it wastes millions of taxpayer dollars each year in overhead costs. This bill will simplify and accelerate the disposal process for these costly properties,” said Sen. Ron Johnson …

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  • Deconstruction Helps Army Reduce Waste from Aging Facilities

    Deconstruction Helps Army Reduce Waste from Aging Facilities0

    In a pilot project conducted at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., the Army found that deconstructing, rather than demolishing, three buildings allowed it to increase the percentage of material that could be diverted from a landfill. In a standard demolition, a building is quickly torn down using mechanical equipment, with the primary goals being cost reduction and reducing the amount of materials sent to a landfill, reported the Army Corp of Engineers’ Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. The Corps’ goal is to divert 60 percent of the materials following a demolition; the salvaged materials are either reuse or recycled. During a deconstruction, a contractor removes the greatest amount of materials that are intact and suitable to reuse or recycle …

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  • GSA Initiative to Consolidate Federal Footprint, Boost Economic Development0

    The General Services Administration (GSA) will look for real estate deals that allow it to reduce the federal government’s footprint in downtown areas while promoting economic growth for communities, Director Denise Turner Roth said last week. “It’s really how we try to seek to leverage our footprint in communities and support the economic visions of those communities while getting the best value for our partner agencies,” said Roth, after returning from a three-city tour to promote the agency’s new Economic Catalyst Initiative …

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