Information Papers

Real Estate Disposal

What is it?
Real estate disposal is the act of transferring or relinquishing property to the possession of another. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the real estate agent for the Army and can dispose of property via numerous authorities. The laws and implementing regulations set out a guide for the disposal of property. The authorities include the following:

Public Buildings, Property, and Works Act of 2002 (also known as the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act). Property must be declared excess (property under control of a federal agency that the head of the agency determines is not needed) or surplus (property not needed by the federal government). USACE is the disposal agency for the Army for property valued at $50,000 or less, and certain less than fee interest.

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). USACE is the disposal agency for the Army using the Property Act rules and regulations, the BRAC implementation regulations, and the Base Redevelopment and Realignment Manual.

Special legislation. USACE is the disposal agency.

What is the Army doing?
The USACE real estate staff is implementing BRAC 2005 disposal actions by utilizing model documents and guidance from the Lean Six Sigma study on the BRAC disposal process. A multidisciplinary team led by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Housing (DASA-I&H) and the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management conducted this study, which focused on speeding up the process, recouping real property asset value, minimizing risk of liability of unplanned cost, promoting communication among key stakeholders, and improving quality control.

The Army is also disposing of property that is excess or surplus to the civil works mission of the USACE.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The USACE real estate staff is expanding its role in BRAC disposal by spearheading the entire process and schedule for four priority sites. We are working with the BRAC Division and the DASA-I&H staff to identify program requirements and major milestones for each fiscal year. Real estate staff is also looking for innovative ways to utilize the MilCon Exchange authority to obtain over a billion land, family housing, or construction. Potential locations include Forts Gillem, McPherson, Monmouth, and Monroe, as well as reserve centers at San Jose, Ca.; Seattle, Wash.; and Edison, N.J.

Additionally, we disposed of over 40,000 acres for the civil works program in FY07, and we are poised to exceed this for FY08.

Why is it important to the Army?
Accelerated property transfer saves operation and maintenance costs while avoiding long-term caretaker responsibilities.