Navy Laboratories:

Concerns Regarding the Naval Undersea Warfare Center's Suffolk Facility

NSIAD-94-143: Published: Jun 22, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the relocation of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC)/Norfolk detachment from Norfolk, Virginia, to Newport, Rhode Island, focusing on whether the detachment's leasing of a new facility in Suffolk, Virginia, was in the best interest of U.S. taxpayers.

GAO found that: (1) construction of the Suffolk facility began in March 1992 and was completed in May 1993; (2) the justification for the building was originally submitted in 1987 prior to base closure considerations and was based on the detachment's planned growth and the desire to consolidate leased spaces in the Norfolk area; (3) the Navy should not have entered into a long-term lease in a period of downsizing; (4) the Navy has incurred over $9 million in relocation costs and could unnecessarily spend up to $24.3 million in lease costs; (5) options other than a long-term lease should have been considered, since there were indications that the proposed facility might not be needed; and (6) there was no indication that the Navy considered other options, even after it became clear in 1991 that Navy downsizing and reorganization would affect the size of the NUWC/Norfolk detachment.

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