• Maryland’s BRAC Subcabinet Lauded

    In recognition of the innovative efforts of Maryland’s BRAC Subcabinet to help the state prepare for new missions associated with the latest base closure round, the effort received the Achievement Award for State Agency Public Service from the Maryland chapter of the American Society for Public Administration this week. Signature achievements among the subcabinet’s initiatives included establishing BRAC zones to provide financial incentives to areas that are expecting growth due to BRAC, easing the school transfer process for military children, and funding $2.8 million for higher education grants …

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  • Navy to Transfer More Property at Brunswick in Coming Months

    The Navy plans to turn over about 1,500 acres at Naval Air Station Brunswick between June and November, a timeline that means more than two-thirds of the 3,200-acre installation would be conveyed the same year that it closes. The property — which includes much of the base housing, portions of the airfield that have not yet been conveyed and the base golf course — will have been cleaned up sufficiently to meet environmental requirements …

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  • Housing Project in Hawaii Hits Record High

    Island Palm Communities, the Army housing privatization project covering seven facilities in Hawaii including Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield, has exceeded 7,000 occupied homes, the largest of any Army residential community. As of February, project developer Lend Lease Public Partnerships had completed 3,290 new units and 1,141 renovations, bringing the total number of homes to 7,003 …

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  • Sunflower Redevelopment on Hold Again

    Sunflower Redevelopment LLC will suspend operations at the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant by this summer due to the mounting cost of environmental cleanup, the latest setback in a 14-year saga filled with difficulties. Last week, the project’s citizens advisory board learned that the Army would not commit to spending an additional $100 million on cleanup, after previously spending $109 million to remove arsenic, lead, mercury and other contaminants …

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  • Talk of a Budget Deal on Rise

    Party leaders Wednesday were increasingly optimistic about their chances to reach an agreement on a full-year fiscal 2011 spending bill. The news comes as many lawmakers expressed frustration over the repeated use of continuing resolutions to fund the federal government. On Thursday, the Senate is expected to pass the stopgap spending bill the House approved earlier this week to keep the federal government running through April 8 …

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  • Mark Center to Attract Federal Funding, Moran Says

    Northern Virginia is slated to receive $20 million in funding from the Pentagon to pay for road improvements needed to accommodate increased traffic resulting from the opening of the Army’s Mark Center site in Alexandria, Va., Rep. Jim Moran (D) told the city council last week. The money would fund short and medium-term fixes to prevent congestion from worsening …

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