Letter from Colorado Senator Wayne Allard to Chairman Anthony J. Principi dtd 22 July 2005 Page: 2 of 3
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July 22, 2005
The Honorable Anthony Principi
Base Closure and Realignment Commission
2521 South Clark Street, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22202
Dear Chairman Principi and Commissioners,
We are writing to express our disappointment in the Base Closure and
Realiinment Commission's (BRAC) July 19, 2005 vote, which added the Defense
Financial and Accounting Service (DFAS) facility in Denver to the 2005 list of
installations to be considered by the Base Closure and Realignment Commission. While
we understand that this vote was not final and that the Commission will be conducting a
final vote in August, we are deeply troubled that the importance of DFAS Denver to the
Department of Defense (DoD) and to the State of Colorado may not be fully appreciated.
Since its activation in 1991, DFAS Denver has become one of the Department of
Defense's premier finance and accounting operations centers. It maintains the largest pay
system m the world, paying 2.2 million military members and 295,000 DoD civilians and
is responsible for overseeing five field sites. DFAS Denver also manages accounting and
reporting for the collection of individual and contractor debt and provides financial
services for the Department of Defense's Security Assistance Program.
DFAS Denver's proven ability to manage administrative and payroll services
became apparent during the DoD's analysis in prep aration of the 2005 BRAC round. For
example, DoD's Military Value analysis ranked DFAS Denver third of 26 DFAS
locations. The Department of Defense further recognized the value of DFAS Denver
when it recommended to the BRAC Commission that DFAS Denver be realigned for the
purposes of expanding its operations as part of the Department's larger DFAS
DFAS Denver, housed in The 600,000 square foot Buckley Air Force Base Annex
on the former Lowry Air Force Base, also meets the Department's objective of fully
utilizing the Department's owned property. Currently, the Annex is not fully occupied,
with approximately 30,000 to 40,000 square feet sitting vacant. Even more space will
become available when the Air Force Reserve Personnel Center, which also is currently
located at the Buckley Annex, realigns to Randolph Air Force Base in Texas as part of
the Department of Defense's 2005 BRAC recommendations.
PN'E-D ON nCYCLED PAER
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