BRAC Timeline

  • May 13, 2005, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will forward the department's recommendations to the BRAC Commission.
  • The commission will then forward its report on the recommendations to the president by Sept. 8, 2005.    The commission will review the recommendations for conformity with force structure plans and selection criteria.
-- The commission must find the Secretary of Defense "deviated substantially" from force structure plan or selection criteria to reject, change, or add new recommendations.
  • The president will have until Sept. 23, 2005, to accept or reject the recommendations in their entirety.
-- If the president rejects the recommendations, the commission has to provide a revised report to the President by October 20, 2005.  The President then has until November 2005 to approve the revised report and send it to Congress.
  • If accepted, Congress will have 45 legislative days to reject the recommendations in their entirety or they become binding on the department.