Observations on DoD's 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Selection Process and Recommendations--From the United States Government Accountability Office Page: 4 of 36
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our future standard of living; and in due course, affect our ability to
address key national and homeland security needs. These factors create
the need to make choices at a national level that will only become more
difficult the longer they are postponed.
Now, f If could turn your attention to the specifics of the 2005 BRAC
round. On May 13,2005, the Secretary of Defense publicly announced his
list of recommended realignment and closure actions. The department's
list consists of 222 recommendations involving an unprecedented 837
closure and realignment actions-including 33 major base closures and 30
major realignments, plus numerous other closures and realignments. The
department expects that these recommendations, if approved, would
generate net annual recurring savings of about $5.5 billion beginning in
fiscal year 2012 and nearly $50 billion in net present value savings over a
20-year period, despite an up-front expected cost of over $24 billion to
implement those recommended actions. In my testimony today, I will
address (1) whether DOD's selection process in developing the
recommended actions was logical and reasoned; (2) selected issues
regarding the recommendations that the BRAC Commission may wish to
consider as part of its analysis of DOD's recommendations; and (3) certain
challenges we see in implementing DOD's proposed BRAC
recommendations, if they are approved.
To analyze the BRAC selection process and the proposed
recommendations, we monitored various aspects of the process as it
evolved over time leading up to and following the public release of the
Secretary of Defense's recommendations. We sought to assure ourselves
that DOD followed a logical, reasoned, and well-documented decision-
making process leading to the proposed recommendations. With the
approval of the large number of recommendations occurring in the final
weeks of the process, the broad scope and complexity of the
recommendations, and the limited time available for us to report our
results, we generally focused-greater attention following the
announcement of the proposed closures and realignments on those issues
affecting more than one recommendation than on issues pertaining to the
implementation of individual recommendations. However, as time
permitted, we visited selected installations to better gauge the operational
and economic impact of the proposed recommendations. We generally
experienced good access to relevant documentation and to key senior
officials and staff involved in the BRAC process.
My statement is based primarily on our July 1, 2005, report on the 2005
BRAC selection process and recommendations, which was provided to
GAO05-9O5 Military Bases
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Observations on DoD's 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Selection Process and Recommendations--From the United States Government Accountability Office, text, July 28, 2005; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc18918/m1/4/: accessed October 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.