• Government Overhaul Proposal Would ‘Rationalize’ Federal Property Management

    Government Overhaul Proposal Would ‘Rationalize’ Federal Property Management0

    A wide-ranging White House plan to reorganize the federal government released last week largely leaves the Pentagon untouched, but it includes several recommendations to shrink the federal real property footprint. The plan improves incentives for agencies to divest of unneeded assets, establishes a new budgetary mechanism for capital projects and outlines better leasing practices, reports

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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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  • GSA to Hold Second Auction for W.Va. Navy Facility

    GSA to Hold Second Auction for W.Va. Navy Facility0

    The General Services Administration (GSA) plans to hold a second auction for a former communications facility run by the Navy in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia after the winning bidder in an online auction was unable to complete the transaction. That auction closed in July with a high bid of $11.2 million for Sugar Grove Station submitted by an unidentified buyer. When that bidder entered the contest two days before it closed, the price had reached $6.95 million. The second auction will be a sealed bid competitive sale, with the bid opening date scheduled for early November, according to a press release. GSA expects to conduct an open house in mid-October …

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  • Auction for West Virginia Navy Facility Closes with Winning Bid

    Auction for West Virginia Navy Facility Closes with Winning Bid0

    The online auction for a former communications facility run by the Navy in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia closed Monday with the General Services Administration accepting the high bid of $11.2 million for the 122-acre campus. The winning bidder first entered the contest on Saturday, when the price had reached $6.95 million, reported the Washington Business Journal. Competing offers between the eventual winner and the runner-up over the weekend increased the final price to $11.2 million. The auction opened in February but the first bid of $1 million wasn’t received until July 8 …

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  • Local Utility to Develop 10MW Solar Farm at Alabama Depot

    Local Utility to Develop 10MW Solar Farm at Alabama Depot0

    Alabama Power Co. will develop a 10-megawatt alternating current solar farm at Anniston Army Depot in northeastern Alabama, the Army announced last week. The Army and Alabama Power will enter into a 30-year easement for up to 90 acres at the depot, according to an Army fact sheet. The depot will continue to procure power from the utility through an existing General Services Administration (GSA) area-wide contract. Alabama Power will deliver energy generated by the array to the grid. The project is a collaboration involving the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, the depot, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command, GSA and the utility …

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  • GSA Opens Online Auction for West Virginia Navy Facility

    GSA Opens Online Auction for West Virginia Navy Facility0

    The General Services Administration last week began accepting bids in an online auction for a former communications facility run by the Navy in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. The 122-acre campus at the former Navy Information Operations Command Sugar Grove once supported up to 450 personnel and their families in a self-contained community which includes residential housing among its 105 buildings. The Navy base closed in September, eliminating one of Pendleton County’s largest employers and the state’s only active-duty military installation, reported Stars and Stripes. The site is “ideal for a corporate training center, a university or academic campus, a spa/clinic, movie studio or mountain resort,” according to its listing on the GSA Auctions website …

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