Letter dated 8 Jul 2004 to Rep. Barney Frank from Michael Wynn Page: 1 of 2
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The Honorable Barney Frank
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Frank,
Thank you for your recent letter requesting subcriteria and metrics that each Joint
Cross Service Group uses to conduct its base realignment and closure (BRAC) analysis.
While I appreciate your desire to receive this information while the Department's
analysis is ongoing, the details of the BRAC decision making process must remain
internal to the Department of Defense until the Secretary issues his closure and
realignment recommendations in order to protect the integrity of the BRAC process. This
is necessary to preserve the deliberative process and follow the statutory BRAC direction
to treat all installations equally.
Revealing details of the decision making process through the release of such
things as data call questions, criteria weights, or any subcriteria before the Secretary has
made his closure and realignment recommendations could negatively affect the integrity
of the BRAC process by opening it up to external and unequal influences; inhibit open
and frank discussions necessary to produce quality decisions; and create public confusion
from the premature disclosure of information that ultimately may not be the grounds for a
recommendation to close or realign a military installation.
However, there is and will continue to be some implementing guidance to the Joint
Cross Service Groups and the Military Departments that, once finalized, is no longer
deliberative information and therefore available for release outside the Department in
advance of the Secretary issuing his closure and realignment recommendations in May
2005. As the Department develops and issues non-deliberative guidance, as with policy
memorandum one (enclosed), I assure you we will make it available to you, other
members of Congress, and the public. All such documents are currently available on the
Department's BRAC website, http: www.defenselink.mil/brac/.
Finally, regardless of its deliberative nature, all of the Department's BRAC
information will be provided to the Commission and the Congress upon submission of
the Secretarvy's recommendations.
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