Military Bases:

Reuse Plans for Selected Bases Closed in 1988 and 1991

NSIAD-95-3: Published: Nov 1, 1994. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 1994.

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GAO provided information on the Department of Defense's (DOD) projected revenues from property sales from closed military bases, focusing on the: (1) revenues the government has received and expects to receive from military base property sales; (2) amount of additional resources the government has given to support communities' reuse plans; and (3) factors which delay the transfer of property to communities.

GAO found that: (1) revenues from military base property sales are expected to be far less than DOD anticipated; (2) the majority of the disposed property will be retained by DOD or transferred to other federal agencies, states, and localities at no cost; (3) where Congress has not specifically authorized a property transfer without reimbursement, it has specified that agencies receiving transferred property should reimburse DOD for 100 percent of the property's estimated fair-market value or acquire a reimbursement waiver; (4) $69.4 million of the projected $92 million in revenues from military base property sales has been realized and an additional $22.2 million is expected from pending property sales; (5) about $19 million in property sales has been the result of interagency transfers; (6) DOD could increase its revenues by selling an additional 9,400 acres of military property; (7) DOD continues to reduce its property sales revenue estimates as it obtains better property value and property availability information; (8) in addition to transfers of large portions of land at no cost, many communities have asked the government for cash grants, marketable revenue-producing properties, and building and infrastructure upgrades; (9) as of May 1994, 37 communities have received $107 million in cash grants; (10) additional funding requirements will increase as the base closure process continues; and (11) reasons for the delays in property transfers include disagreements over reuse plans between competing interests, changing laws and regulations, and unresolved environmental cleanup efforts at some bases.

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