Defense Authorization Act rejects BRAC for 2017

Measure also simplifies design-build projects

The House of Representatives has passed the $584.2 billion Defense Authorization Act. The legislation rejects the possibility of a base realignment and closure round (BRAC) in 2017, something both the Obama Administration and the Defense Department support.

Lawmakers called previous savings estimates of earlier BRAC rounds “outdated” and said the Defense Department already has enough tools to reduce its infrastructure spending.

The act also makes design-build projects simpler. Some provisions are aimed at increasing transparency in certain small business contracting pilot programs. Additionally, the legislation limits the use of reverse auctions by banning single-bid auctions.


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