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Recommendation: To help reduce facility costs and reliance on leased space, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretaries of the military departments to require that their departments look for opportunities to relocate DOD organizations in leased space to installations that may have underutilized space due to force structure reductions or other indicators of potentially available space, where such relocation is cost-effective and does not interfere with the installation's ongoing military mission.
Agency: Department of Defense Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: In December 2015, DOD did not concur with our third recommendation, which was to look for opportunities to relocate DOD organizations in leased space to installations with available space. In its comments, DOD stated that its existing policy requires the effective and efficient use of DOD real property and current initiatives undertaken by each of the military departments and WHS reflect adherence to this policy. DOD further stated that-given that each of the military departments and WHS have implemented initiatives to reduce their dependence on leased space, especially where existing DOD assets may exist-an additional directive from the Secretary of Defense was not required. However, as of December 2017, a DOD official told us that DOD was pursuing an effort to consolidate and standardize leases. The initial focus was on 176 leased facilities within 35 miles of DOD-owned facilities that had underutilized or excess space, and are up for renewal over the next 5 years. According to the DOD official, this effort would develop criteria for reviewing these leases, including a cost-benefit analysis of whether it is feasible to relocate the function from leased space to existing space on an installation. Alternatively, if it is determined that the function cannot be moved, the DOD official stated that DOD would review whether to consolidate the lease to appropriately size the space to the function's requirement. Once this effort is completed, DOD may have opportunities to reduce its leased space at a DOD-wide level. As of March 2018, DOD identified this recommendation's status as "Closed Unresolved," i.e., DOD considers this recommendation to be "closed," but is aware that GAO considers this recommendation "open." GAO also considers this to be a priority recommendation. As of September 2018, the DOD official stated that the effort to consolidate leases was still underway.