Department of the Interior:

Transfer of the Presidio From the Army to the National Park Service

RCED-94-61: Published: Oct 26, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 1993.

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Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO provided information on the National Park Service's acquisition and management of the Presidio of San Francisco, focusing on: (1) the alternatives the Park Service is considering for managing the Presidio; (2) estimated transition and annual operating and maintenance (O&M) costs; (3) current and future appropriation levels; and (4) the estimated value of the Presidio's land and buildings.

GAO found that: (1) the Park Service's draft management plan for the Presidio includes four management alternatives; (2) the management alternative the Park Service prefers would allow it to share Presidio rehabilitation and O&M costs with public and private sponsors; (3) the proposed uses for the Presidio are consistent with the purposes of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area; (4) although infrastructure repair and upgrade, building rehabilitation, environmental clean-up, and other transition costs are uncertain, transition costs are estimated between $702 million and $1.2 billion depending on the management alternative used; (5) the Army and the Park Service estimate that the Presidio's O&M costs will total $45.5 million annually through fiscal year (FY) 1995; (6) Park Service estimates for future O&M costs range between $38 million and $40 million annually through FY 2010; (7) appropriations for the Presidio's transition to the Park Service totalled $80.5 million between 1991 and 1993; and (8) although the Park Service has estimated that future appropriations will not exceed $25 million annually, it cannot determine actual appropriation levels because it has not selected a management alternative and the revenues generated are not known.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Park Service is using the Presidio's general management plan (GMP) as its plan of action. The GMP prioitizes objectives, identifies costs and funding sources, but does not estimate dates for completing objectives.

    Recommendation: Once an alternative for managing the Presidio has been selected, the Secretary of the Interior should direct the Director, National Park Service, to establish a plan of action to achieve the objectives of the selected alternative. At a minimum, this plan should: (1) prioritize the objectives; (2) identify their associated costs and funding sources; and (3) estimate the dates for their completion.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Interior

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Park Service plans to keep the Congress informed on the progress made in achieving the objectives of the general management plan.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Interior should periodically report the progress in achieving the plan's objectives to the appropriate congressional oversight and appropriations committees.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Interior


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