• IMCOM Chief Looks to Policy Changes to Meet Strategic Constraints

    IMCOM Chief Looks to Policy Changes to Meet Strategic Constraints0

    With the prospect of getting more resources from Washington not promising, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, commanding general of the Army’s Installation Management Command, says he’ll push for policy changes to better support his agency’s mission. “I don’t need more money and I don’t need more people. I need to change policies,” he said during a visit last month to the Presidio of Monterey, Calif. One change the Army is considering is phasing out single occupancy rooms in barracks as a way to reduce costs …

  • Time to Consider Privatizing Installation Management, Officials Suggest0

    With funding for installation support falling to historically low levels, the military services should consider using a public-private partnership model to construct and manage facilities, several officials suggested last week at the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit. A developer could be responsible for financing the construction of a new installation — and operating it — if DOD wanted to consolidate its facilities and update its remaining infrastructure, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. Other nations, including the United Kingdom rely more heavily on the private sector for installation support. For instance, U.K.’s Ministry of Defence is redeveloping a garrison in a project slated to result in the design and construction of 110 buildings, including living and working accommodations, and training, recreation, education and welfare facilities …

  • Increased Collaboration with GSA Would Help Installations Find Space for Federal Agencies0

    The Defense Department and the General Services Administration do not routinely share information about opportunities to move non-DOD federal agencies onto military installations to take advantage of unused and underutilized facilities, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. GSA does not routinely contact installations to find out whether space is available when it is trying to support federal agencies with new workspace requirements. Similarly, DOD waits for non-DOD agencies to inquire about opportunities to move onto an installation and does not generally reach out to GSA or agencies that may be looking for space, the congressional watchdog agency found …