House Panel Demands Data on Excess Federal Property

Two top members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are pressing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide data on federal property holdings needed to support legislation intended to streamline the process for disposing of underutilized property.

A March 24 letter sent by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Subcommittee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) repeats a request from December 2011 for Federal Real Property Profile data on property valued at $50 million or more which does not currently meet federal government needs.

More than two years later, OMB has not yet provided the data, according to the letter. If necessary, the committee may subpoena the agency to obtain the information.

“Should OMB continue to ignore the committee’s requests, we will have no alternative but to consider the use of compulsory process to obtain the requested documents and information,” the letter states.

Last year, the Subcommittee on Government Operations held four hearings on the approximately $1.5 billion spent annually on operations and maintenance costs for vacant or underutilized federal properties. One year ago, the committee approved H.R. 328, the Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act. The legislation would create an independent civilian property oversight board.

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