National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Did Not Comply with Base Realignment and Closure Legislation
OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) ALEXANDRIA VA
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We conducted this audit in response to a request from then Senator Jim Webb. We determined whether the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency NGA complied with Public Law 101- 510, Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990, as amended. Specifically, we determined whether NGA complied with Base Realignment and Closure BRAC Recommendation 168, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Activities, which required NGA to close the following sites and relocate all NGA functions to the new facility at Fort Belvoir, Virginia Dalecarlia and Sumner sites, Bethesda, Maryland Reston 1, 2 and 3, Reston, Virginia Newington buildings 8510, 8520, and 8530, Newington, Virginia and Building 213, South East Federal Center, Washington, D.C. DODIG found that NGA did not comply with BRAC legislation. Specifically, NGA continued operations and made modifications to Newington 8520 and did not move all functions to the NGA Campus East NCE at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, as required. This occurred because instead of implementing BRAC legislation requirements, NGA officials developed a flawed rationale to justify continuing operations at the Newington site. In addition, the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics USDATL officials who were responsible for overseeing the BRAC planning process did not promptly determine that NGAs actions were not compliant with the BRAC legislation. NGA could have minimized or avoided 11.4 million in total costs if they had incorporated the Newington site into the original plans for the NCE as required by BRAC legislation. The DODIG recommends that USDATL monitor NGAs plans to relocate functions remaining at NGAs Newington site to NCE, as required by the BRAC legislation.
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