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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

‘Civilian BRAC’ Bill Headed to House Floor

  • February 5, 2012
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A measure that would jump start a process to unload excess federal properties could receive a vote on the House floor as early as this week.

After making a quick stop in the House Rules Committee Friday, the Civilian BRAC bill, H.R. 1734, is expected to gain passage in the chamber, reports the Washington Business Journal.

Prospects for the Civilian Property Realignment Act received a significant boost after lawmakers stripped out a controversial provision requiring the federal government to sell or swap a number of properties in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. The provision would have forced the federal government to sell the Energy Department’s headquarters, transfer the Federal Trade Commission’s headquarters to the National Gallery of Art and sell land in Los Angeles slated to be the site of a new federal courthouse.

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) introduced companion legislation, S. 1503, in the Senate last August. That measure was referred to the Environment and Public Works Committee, but has not yet received a hearing.

H.R. 1734 would establish a framework through which an independent commission would review federal properties and make recommendations for consolidations, co-locations, redevelopment, selling or other actions to minimize costs and produce savings for the taxpayer. The bill would save an estimated $15 billion, according to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Military facilities are excluded from the bill’s purview.

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