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H.R. 4046 (115th): Department of Defense Check Before You Rent Act

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 12, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4046

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 12, 2017

(for herself, Mr. Jones, Mr. Loebsack, Mr. Meadows, and Mr. Gosar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of a military department to make certifications regarding the feasibility of using existing space in property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense prior to entering into certain agreements to acquire or lease real property for the use of such military department, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Department of Defense Check Before You Rent Act.

2.

Certification related to certain acquisitions or leases of real property for use of Department of Defense

(a)

Certification

Section 2662(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end of the first sentence and inserting the following: , as well as the certification described in paragraph (5).; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(5)

For purposes of paragraph (2), the certification described in this paragraph with respect to an acquisition or lease of real property is a certification that the Secretary concerned—

(A)

evaluated the feasibility of using space in property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense to satisfy the purposes of the acquisition or lease; and

(B)

determined that—

(i)

space in property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense is not reasonably available to be used to satisfy the purposes of the acquisition or lease;

(ii)

acquiring the property or entering into the lease would be more cost effective than the use of the Department of Defense property; or

(iii)

the use of the Department of Defense property would interfere with the ongoing military mission of the property.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to transactions occurring during fiscal year 2018 and each succeeding fiscal year.