The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides $4.26 billion in funding for the Department of Defense Facilities Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization (FSRM) Program, in addition to annual appropriations by Congress. This program invests in facility improvements only in the U.S., including the repair of roads, roofs, barracks, family housing, medical facilities, and buildings that support operational requirements, such as aircraft hangars or training sites.
The Department of Defense FSRM Program helps to ensure that Department facilities are maintained and comply with standards necessary for meeting national security objectives and provide, operate, and sustain suitable housing, medical, and base facilities for the warfighter and their families in a cost-effective manner. Construction and repair projects in the Facility Infrastructure Investment Program will use sustainable materials with an objective of maximizing life expectancy of military facilities and infrastructure, thereby maximizing cost-effectiveness within the program. For example, Recovery Act funding for FSRM will upgrade existing family housing and buildings in the Military Health System, so they are safe and modernized. Use of sustainable materials in these facilities will help minimize the maintenance costs associated with them upon completion of the projects.
Targeted measures for the program are aligned with the objectives set forth in the Recovery Act by enhancing job creation, job retention, improving military facilities, and providing projects that will help improve the quality of life for troops and their families. As a result, these investments will support the goals of improving family housing, improving patient outcomes, providing better clinical performance, and enhancing the quality of care provided to our active duty members, retirees, and their families. In accomplishing these goals, the Department will comply with any restrictions in the use of these funds.
FSRM projects are constructed on a much faster time scale than Military Construction (MILCON) since many of these projects are ready for immediate execution and have on-the-shelf design that requires little acquisition time. Many projects also consist of only a single component (e.g., roof, pavement), so they are quick to contract and construct. The longstanding FSRM evaluation and prioritization processes ensure that proposed projects are evaluated and selected to maximize the greatest benefit to the warfighter and thereby to the public.
The Department selected projects based primarily on the following criteria: (1) mission requirements, (2) quality of life impact, (3) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation status, and (4) acquisition strategy, with a focus on the ability to execute projects quickly. In addition, the Department is including over $120 million of repair and modernization projects for facilities that are currently vacant and which potentially could be occupied by troops returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, or other overseas contingency operations.
The public will benefit from these investments in multiple ways. First, these projects will contribute to the economic recovery of local base communities by employing architects, engineers, craftsmen, laborers, and suppliers to fix these installation facilities. Second, reducing the FSRM Program backlog of projects helps to arrest and reverse facility deterioration, thereby reducing costly future expenditures. Third, these repairs help enable the Military Services and their members to meet present and future mission requirements. Fourth, these investments will improve the quality of life for Service members and their families with improved housing and medical facilities. For instance, Navy projects funded by the Recovery Act will include fire protection system renovations and replacement, wharf and pier repairs, galley renovations, runway repairs, facility energy improvement, and child care facility renovations.