The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has notified the President and Congress of its findings that the Commonwealth of Virginia and the municipal governments of Virginia Beach, Va. and Chesapeake, Va. have not met all the requirements of the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) law regarding Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana.
The DoD OIG review was part of the BRAC-directed process to potentially re-align Navy East Coast Master Jet Base functions. The 2005 BRAC law required the DoD OIG to certify to the President and Congress by June 1, 2006, whether specified actions had been taken by commonwealth and municipal governments by the end of March 2006.
The 2005 BRAC law specified six actions required by the commonwealth of Virginia and municipal governments. Among them was the enactment of “state and local legislation and ordinances to establish a program to condemn and purchase all the incompatible use property located within the Accident Potential Zone 1 for NAS Oceana,” known as BRAC criterion 2.
In the report the DoD OIG found “the commonwealth of Virginia and the city of Virginia Beach took significant actions to address the criterion; however, the actions did not satisfy BRAC criterion 2.”
The state of Florida, in accordance with the 2005 BRAC law, now has the opportunity to meet conditions that would allow the realignment from NAS Oceana, Va. to Cecil Field, Fla., of “all of the Navy F/A-18 strike fighter wings, aviation operations and support schools, maintenance support, training and any other additional support activities the Navy deems necessary and appropriate to support the operations of the Master Jet Base.”
Florida would be required to complete actions specified in the 2005 BRAC law by December 31, 2006. The DoD OIG certification on whether or not those actions have been completed would be due to the President and oversight committees of Congress by June 1, 2007.
“The Department of Defense Report on the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission’s Report Recommendation #193 Regarding Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia” is posted at http://www.dodig.mil/Audit/reports/FY06/06-091.pdf as report number D-2006-091.
For further information, contact Mr. John R. Crane, Assistant Inspector General for Communications and Congressional Liaison, at (703) 604-8324.