Federal Real Estate Board Would Have Broad Mandate
The independent advisory panel the White House proposed last week to help slash Uncle Sam’s real estate holdings would assess the entire inventory of federal civilian real property and recommend operational efficiencies to improve management of federal property.
The Civilian Property Realignment Board would be modeled after past BRAC commissions; military installations, however, would be beyond its jurisdiction, according to additional details included in the 2012 budget request President Obama released last month. The panel, which would be composed of seven members appointed by the president, would review recommendations provided by federal agencies for reducing the real property inventory and government operating costs by disposing, transferring, consolidating, co-locating or reconfiguring property.
The initiative still needs to be approved by Congress before the Obama administration can carry out its plans. Within 120 days of being formed, the panel would be required to submit a report to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with its recommendations for consolidating property, according to the White House proposal. OMB then would have 25 days to approve or disapprove of the recommendations. If the OMB director rejects them, the realignment board would have 10 days to produce a revised list.
The process would continue only if OMB informs Congress within 10 days that it approves the revised list. Congress then would have 45 days to pass a joint resolution rejecting the entire package of recommendations, with no amendments allowed. If it fails to pass such a resolution within 45 days, the recommendations would become law.
The realignment board would, at a minimum, submit conclusions and recommendations to OMB for streamlining the federal real estate portfolio biannually. Read Monday’s Federal Times story for more details.