first_imgIn addition to requesting a study that could help determine whether a new BRAC round is required, the House Appropriations Committee directs DOD to submit a report highlighting underutilized facilities out of concern that it is spending significant sums on unneeded infrastructure.“The committee is concerned that Department of Defense officials have stated an estimated 30 percent of defense facilities are in excess of mission requirements, a fiscally unsustainable diversion of scarce resources from readiness,” according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 military construction-veterans affairs spending measure that was released Tuesday.The report should include:each DOD facility with a utilization rate lower than 50 percent of available capacity;number of uniformed personnel and civilian employees at each of those facilities;annual budget for personnel; andoperations and maintenance costs associated with each facility.The study, due 60 days after the legislation is enacted, also should identify “any facility determined to be 100 percent in excess of mission requirements,” the committee report states.A separate item directs each service’s installations chief to prepare a strategic plan for managing excess real property efficiently. The plan should describe what opportunities there are to consolidate underutilized facilities that would result in reducing the operating and maintenance costs for those facilities, according to the committee report.The lawmakers cited long-term challenges facing DOD in maintaining its portfolio of facilities, along with the need for the military departments to improve the ability of their real property databases to identify consolidation opportunities.The full Appropriations Committee marks up the milcon spending bill today. The committee report can be found on the Appropriations website. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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