The Pentagon is not asking Congress for authority to close any of its facilities in the fiscal 2019 budget request, the Defense Department comptroller announced today.
David Norquist said that instead of asking lawmakers to approve a round of base closures, the military will instead try “working with Congress to find common areas where we can make reforms and changes that don’t create the same types of obstacles.”
The military has asked Congress to create a new Base Realignment and Closure Commission in the past several budget requests, but the proposal has faced stiff opposition.
Norquist cited the ongoing audit of the Pentagon, which is assessing the military’s property and ways to improve data collection on excess infrastructure.
“There’s a view of being able to take advantage of the data coming out of that process to help us make better decision making on real property,” Norquist said.