Real Property FAQs

  1. What are Real Property assets?
      • Asset: Something of value. DoD Real Property asset types are Land (L), Building (B), Structure (S), and Linear Structure (LS).
      • Building: A roofed and floored facility enclosed by exterior walls and consisting of one or more levels that is suitable for single or multiple functions.
      • Structure: A real property facility that is classified as other than a building, linear asset, or land. Typical examples bridges, fences, flagpoles, swimming pools, airfield pavements, roads, storage sheds, and athletic fields.
      • Linear Structure: A facility whose function requires that it traverse land (such as a road, rail line, pipeline, fence, pavement). Includes distribution systems that provide a common service or commodity to more than one building or structure.
      • Land: Generally the surface of the earth. Legal definitions often distinguish land from water.
      • Real Property Installed Equipment (RPIE): Items of equipment that are affixed and built into the facility as an integral part of the facility. Equipment that is an integral part of the facility, which if removed would destroy or reduce the usefulness of the facility, heating, cooling, and electrical system and included in the cost of construction and/renovation.

      • Relocatable: Not Real Property. Personal property unless authorized for procurement using construction procedures or conversion to real property is approved. Readily moved, erected, disassembled, stored, and reused. Disassembly + repackaging + (non-recoverable including foundation costs) less than 20% of purchase.
      • Equipment-in-place: Not Real Property. Equipment-in-place is a special category of personal property as defined in AR 735-5. It consists of capital equipment and other non-expendable supplies of a movable nature that are not affixed as an integral part of the facility and may be removed without destroying or reducing the usefulness of the facility. Equipment-in-place is not Real Property and will not be reported as separate items of inventory in the RPI.

  2. What is Real Property?
    • Real Property consists of lands and improvements to land, buildings, and structures, including improvements and additions, and utilities. It includes equipment affixed and built into the facility as an integral part of the facility (such as heating systems), but not movable equipment (such as plant equipment). In many instances, this term is synonymous with "real estate".

  3. What is a Real Property Inventory (RPI)?
    • Real Property Inventory is a detailed inventory of each item of real property. It serves as the basic source of information for the category, status, cost, area, capacity, condition, use, construction material, and capital improvements for each item of real property as defined by category code in DA PAM 415-28.

  4. What are the Garrision Commanders Real Property responsibilities?
    • Account for and be responsible for the proper custody, safekeeping, efficient and effective use of all Army real property assets, lands, buildings, structures, linear structures and space under their purview.
    • Promote sound and efficient real property management practices and procedures.
    • Increase accuracy and usefulness of the Army real property inventory information.
    • Appoint in writing a qualified Real Property Accountable Officer who is accountable for all real property.
    • Produce auditable financial statements.

  5. Who is the Real Property Accountable Officer (RPAO)?
    • Will be a US Citizen and an employee of the Federal Government.
    • Acts on behalf of the installation commander for real property custody.
    • Must have appropriate current training.
    • Responsibilities may not be contracted out; however, contractors may perform certain functions in support of the RPAO.

  6. What is RPI used for?
      The RPI is used to:
    • Drives facility budgets:
      . Sustainment (RPI adjusted for MILCON, Disposals, Excesses)
      . MILCON (Build RPI shortages)
      . Restoration (Restore facilities based on observed conditions)
      . Modernization (Recapitalization of again facilities)
    • Validates MILCON requirements
    • Basis for installation master planning, Real Property Planning and Analysis System (RPLANS) and Installation Status Report (ISR) facility condition assessment survey.
    • Used for financial statements, DoD, and OMB reporting. RPI is the baseline for other systems, such as RPLANS and BRM.

  7. How does the Army know how Real Property assets are used?

      Army owned and planned facilities are accounted for using a uniform real property category coding system. AR 415-28, Real Property Category Codes; DA PAM 415-28, Guide to Real Property Category Codes and UFC 3-701-0X DoD Facilities Pricing Guide, establish standard real property categories that are used together with a numerical facility category code (CATCD) based on a hierarchical grouping of similar facility types to classify real property and provide facility pricing data.

    • FAC - OSD groupings of like usage, construction and sustainment cost factors and Basis for OSD cost models i.e., FSM (SRM $$, upper limit screens), FRM (Recap rate), FOM (Services), MILCON costs.
    • FCG - Master planning groupings based on space authorization algorithms.
    • CATCD - Real property groupings by categories.

  8. What are the various classifications of Army Real Property holdings?
    • Installation - An aggregation of mission supporting real property holdings commanded by a HQDA centrally-selected commander or equivalent.
      • May be made of one or more sites
      • Virtual Installation
        • State NG
        • Reserve RRCs
    • Site - A site is a physically defined location which can be supported by a legal boundary survey which closes a polygon. It can be owned, leased, or otherwise possessed or used. A site is the sum of all real property at a specific location.
      • May exist in one of three forms
        • Land only
        • Facility or facilities only
        • Land and all the facilities on it

    • Base (used for master planning) is assigned at HQDA.
      • The official installtion/site list is the basis for master planning reporting. All codes are in alignment. Sites can not belong to more than one base and bases can not belong to more than one installation.
      • One or more contiguous or near-contiguous sites for the purposes of facility master planning, requirements analysis, and condition assessment.
      • The list is updated in accordance with the official installation/site list.
      NOTE: Reserve component includes both Army Reserve and Army National Guard federal properties.

  9. What is the link for the HQIIS Installation and Site Registry Module?