Base Closure and Realignment: A Case Study
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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As part of the fiscal 1991 FY 1991 defense authorization bill Public Law 101-510 of November 5, 1990, Congress established the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. In 1991, 1993, and 1995, eight presidential appointees would consider a Department of Defense DoD list of base closure and realignment nominees and subsequently submit their version to the President for approval. After his approval or the established presidential amendment process, Congress could approve or disapprove the list only in its entirety. In April 1991, DoD nominated to the 1991 Commission 43 installations for closure and 29 for realignment. Over a period of two and a half months, the Commission conducted 15 open hearings in Washington, DC, for inputs from Congress, GAO, DoD, and others 14 regional and site hearings across the country for inputs from communities affected by the potential closings and several televised deliberations with its research staff. All commission proceedings were noted for their openness, attention to due process, and a demand for accuracy. The final list, which was approved by the President and Congress, recommended 34 bases for closure and 48 activities for realignment.
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