Base Visit Report from BRAC Commission Visit to DFAS Charleston, SC dtd 7 June 2005 Page: 3 of 3
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Military Value 4: DFAS Charleston has 362 employees, almost half of which are in the GS-4 to
GS-7 pay range. 134 employees are eligible for early retirement and an addition 56 employees
could opt for optional retirement. 57% of the workforce is over the age of 50, higher than the
49% figure DFAS-wide. DFAS Charleston has a career development program that covers 35
employees and 83 employees have a bachelor degree or above level of educational attainment.
Under the recommendation these employees would be relocated to three different installations.
Military Value 5:_DFAS Charleston is located on the former Charleston Naval Shipyard at 1545
Truxtun Avenue North Charleston, SC. DFAS assumed the former Navy supply building in
1995. It is currently leased from the North Charleston Development Authority at $1 a year for
50 years. The lease is renewable. The location was refurbished in 1997 at a cost of $6.9 million.
A new roof with waterproofing was also completed in 2005.
KEY ISSUES IDENTIFIED
Military Value 1 & 2: DFAS appears to have made a considerable investment to establish an
accounting operation at Charleston including maintenance of their building and the training and
recruiting of a skilled workforce. The current facility, which could hold over 661 employees, is
Based upon dialogue during the base visit most employees have strong ties to the local
community and are at a wage grade that would make relocation unlikely. There is no measure
for performance of the mission included in the military value analysis and the center that
coordinates DFAS Charleston is also being closed (DFAS Cleveland), which means that there
will be a major relocation of the DFAS business lines without consideration of the most effective
workforce or the training of the employees.
INSTALLATION CONCERNS RAISED
Many of the current employees at DFAS Charleston have endured prior BRAC closure and
undergone retraining from the Charleston Naval Shipyard and Naval Supply Center. They would
like to continue their federal service and are generally apprehensive about the BRAC process.
COMMUNITY CONCERNS RAISED:
Other Criteria 6: The community was concerned about the economic impact of the closing of
DFAS Charleston. During a meeting with Congressional and community representatives the
community acknowledged that the DFAS Charleston recommendation was part of a broader
nation-wide consolidation and would be difficult to disassociate from the larger move.
REQUESTS FOR STAFF AS A RESULT OF VISIT:
Commissioner Hill asked whether DFAS Indianapolis and DFAS Columbus are on the same
electrical grid. Review of a map at the FERC website indicates that they are on separate grids.
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United States. Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. Base Visit Report from BRAC Commission Visit to DFAS Charleston, SC dtd 7 June 2005, book, July 8, 2005; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc16715/m1/3/: accessed December 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.