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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Federal Real Estate Consolidation Won’t Be Exactly Like BRAC, House Chair Says

  • May 15, 2011
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Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) expressed confidence in a radio interview last week that legislation creating a streamlined mechanism for disposing of thousands of unneeded federal properties would be enacted this year, allowing a BRAC-like commission to be up and running in 2012.

“The goal would be to sell several billion dollars off next year. I personally would like to see fifteen billion in the first year. That’s a high target to hit, but it’s only scratching the surface on the overall surplus property throughout the nation,” the chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, told FederalNewsRadio.com.

The legislation Denham is proposing would differ from the BRAC process in at least one critical way. Rather than asking the commission to only consider properties federal agencies have deemed surplus, the chairman’s plan will require agencies to justify retaining the space they currently occupy.

“We’re actually reversing the system,” Denham said. “And by going at it this way, it’s giving us the opportunity to take a look a lot of different properties that should be surplus, but have never been on a surplus list.”

Hear the interview on FederalNewsRadio.com.

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