Legislation intended to slash thousands of unneeded federal properties through a civilian BRAC commission and potentially save billions of dollars will be marked up Thursday by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
The panel’s Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee approved the Civilian Property Realignment Act (CPRA), H.R. 1734, in May. The legislation 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.
“In the face of a $14.3 trillion debt, CPRA is a bipartisan solution to literally shrink the size of government and save taxpayers billions of dollars,” Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) said in a written statement. “By taking politics out of the process, we will be able to consolidate our federal footprint and increase transparency in the leasing process in order to hold government accountable and achieve real savings,” added Denham, who introduced the bill.
The legislation is intended to eliminate surplus federal properties as well as high-value but under-utilized property. The second type of properties are not currently considered surplus and would be difficult to sell outside of a BRAC-style commission, according to the subcommittee.
In August, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) introduced companion legislation, S. 1503, in the Senate.
Watch Thursday’s 11:15 a.m. markup via live webcast.