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Valadao, Costa Probe DoD Report Related to Lajes Field

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Washington, July 24, 2015 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
In response to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s investigation into potential waste and fraud in DoD decisions related to the consolidation of U.S. military bases in Europe, Rep. David G. Valadao and Rep. Jim Costa led a letter to House and Senate Conferees of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The letter requests that funding be withheld for construction activity related to the JIAC at RAF Croughton until the Committee completes its investigation.
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WASHINGTON – In response to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s investigation into potential waste and fraud in Department of Defense (DoD) decisions related to the consolidation of United States military bases in Europe, Members of Congress sent a letter to House and Senate Conferees of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The letter requests that funding be withheld for construction activity related to the Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex (JIAC) at Royal Air Force (RAF) Croughton until the Committee completes its investigation. Representatives Jim Costa (CA-16) and David G. Valadao (CA-21) led the bipartisan letter, which was signed by 111 Members of Congress.

“It is disappointing to find out that the Department of Defense may have given Congress an inaccurate cost-analysis in regards to making decisions to consolidate U.S. military bases in Europe. For over 70 years, Lajes Field has proven to be an important component to ensuring our national safety both at home and abroad,” said Rep. Costa. “Furthermore, the DOD’s potential lack of consideration of the existing facilities at Lajes Field inaccurately reflects the U.S. relationship with our strong ally, Portugal. If the Committee determines that the Department of Defense failed to do its due diligence in efforts to consolidate U.S. military bases in Europe, then I believe it is in the best interest of our national security and diplomatic relationship with Portugal to reevaluate Lajes Field’s suitability for a Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex.”

Congressman Valadao stated, “It is unacceptable that the DOD may have used improper information and incorrect calculations when making decisions regarding the consolidation of military bases in Europe. Especially during these tough economic times, it is critical for the United States to use the best and most accurate information when making decisions regarding military expenditures.” He continued, “Additionally, utilizing already existing resources should be a simple, common sense method of achieving cost savings. Relocating facilities to Lajes Field, instead of building new facilities at RAF Croughton, could save the United States government hundreds of millions of dollars.”

A recent draft report by the Department of Defense found that creating a Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex (JIAC) at RAF Croughton in the United Kingdom would cost an estimated 317 million dollars. However, a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence staff review of the JIAC consolidation found that cost analysis provided to Congress by the Department of Defense may not accurately portray the potential cost-savings from siting a JIAC at existing facilities. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has initiated an investigation into the methodology used by DOD in evaluating the siting of a JIAC at Lajes Field in the Azores and other existing facilities in Europe.

The full letter to the House and Senate Conferees of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) can be found here

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District of California, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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