• Army Demolishing Ft. Jackson Headquarters in Consolidation Move0

    In a move that will allow the Army to shed some of its excess facilities and consolidate remaining activities at Fort Jackson, the service has decided to demolish the Columbia, S.C., post’s World War II-era headquarters building. The installation will not get a replacement headquarters and, instead, the command and garrison staff will be relocated to a much newer facility that formerly housed the Noncommissioned Officer Academy. The move will benefit the post by consolidating command and garrison staff in the 41,700-square-foot building instead of remaining scattered throughout the post, reported the Charlotte Observer. The Army’s Installation Management Command “wants to get out of World War II wood buildings” in all of its installations, said Col. Mark Shade, Fort Jackson’s deputy commanding officer. “They are inefficient. They are not up to code. They are cold in the winter and hot in the summer …

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  • GAO Highlights Need for DOD to Improve Tracking of Underutilized Facilities0

    In a report presenting 66 actions the federal government could take to improve efficiency, the Government Accountability Office reiterates the need for the Defense Department to improve its processes for identifying underutilized facilities as a prerequisite for consolidating or disposing of unneeded facilities. The congressional watchdog agency cited its earlier recommendations calling for DOD to modify its procedures for updating and verifying data on the utilization of facilities, and to establish a strategic plan to manage its real property. The plan should include long-term goals, strategies and use of metrics to help the department identify potential consolidation or disposal opportunities …

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  • All Federal Agencies Will Need to Trim Real Property, under New OMB Policy0

    Federal agencies, including the Defense Department, will be required to craft plans to reduce their real property footprint over the next five years, under a memo the Office of Management and Budget is scheduled to issue today. The memo, titled “National Strategy for the Efficient Use of Real Property: Reducing the Federal Portfolio through Improved Space Utilization, Consolidation and Disposal,” is a follow-on to the agency’s “Freeze the Footprint” policy issued in 2013. For the Pentagon, the policy means reducing excess space without relying on a BRAC round to shed large chunks of its real estate portfolio …

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  • GAO: Improve BRAC Homeless Assistance Process0

    During the 2005 BRAC homeless assistance process, it took the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) an average of 666 days to approve the 51 redevelopment plans that included notices of interest for homeless assistance, adding to the delay in providing homeless assistance in base closure communities and slowing the base reuse process, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. …

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  • Better Reporting Needed to Improve DOD Facility Utilization Data, GAO Says0

    Despite some improvements in its real property records, DOD data on utilization of its buildings continues to be incomplete and inaccurate, limiting the department’s ability to identify opportunities to consolidate facilities, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a new report. Reported utilization rates were available for only 53 percent of DOD’s real property assets as of fiscal 2013. That figure, however, was an improvement from FY 2010, when officials had utilization rates for only 46 percent of the department’s assets …

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  • Criteria Needed to Help GSA Better Target Property Exchanges, GAO Finds0

    Developing criteria to determine when it should pursue a real property exchange would help the General Services Administration better target promising opportunities for taking advantage of the authority, a recent report by the Government Accountability Office concludes. Real property exchanges, which the report calls “swap-construct” exchanges, allow the government to trade property to developers for construction services or existing facilities. The authority can help GSA deal with the challenge of disposing of unneeded property and modernizing or replacing federal buildings, but multiple factors can affect the success of such an approach …

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