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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

House Panel to Examine Competing Federal Property Reform Bills

  • May 9, 2011
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A House panel seeking to establish a civilian BRAC commission to expedite the disposal of excess federal property has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to scrutinize two measures introduced last week to authorize the initiative.

The two bills — each is called the Civilian Property Realignment Act — are largely similar. The one introduced by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, would create a nine-member commission which would last for six years. The other proposal, offered by the Obama administration, calls for a seven-member board with a 12-year life.

Federal agencies would submit initial recommendations to the board, under the White House proposal. Denham’s bill, H.R. 1734, calls for the General Services Administration, in consultation with the Federal Real Property Council, to compile initial recommendations. Both versions are designed to trim the government’s inventory of 14,000 unneeded properties and save $15 billion. A comparison of the two bills can be found on the subcommittee’s website.

The hearing will be held May 12 at 10:30 a.m.

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