• GAO Highlights Primary Challenges to Reducing Unneeded Federal Facilities

    GAO Highlights Primary Challenges to Reducing Unneeded Federal Facilities0

    Since 2012 the federal government has taken steps to trim its inventory of underutilized properties but the current administration still faces a variety of challenges before it can make a significant dent in its portfolio of excess properties, a senior official from the Government Accountability Office told lawmakers on Friday. The five primary challenges agencies need to overcome, according to Dave Wise, GAO’s director of physical infrastructure, include: a lack of reliable data with which to measure the extent of the problem; a complex disposal process; costly environmental requirements; competing stakeholder interests; and limited accessibility of some federal properties …

  • Senate Committee Passes Measure to Streamline Disposal of Civilian Property0

    Federal agencies would be able to use a streamlined process to dispose of unneeded properties as part of an effort to slash the size of the federal real property inventory, under bipartisan legislation approved last week by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “The federal government is sitting on thousands of federal properties that could be consolidated or sold. Because it doesn’t dispose of them, it wastes millions of taxpayer dollars each year in overhead costs. This bill will simplify and accelerate the disposal process for these costly properties,” said Sen. Ron Johnson …

  • BRAC Process Would Help VA Replace Obsolete Facilities0

    Veterans Affairs officials have concluded the agency is badly in need of a BRAC-like process that would allow it to dispose of hundreds of facilities that are either antiquated or no longer needed because they are located far from veteran populations. “VA cannot be a sound steward of the taxpayers’ resources with the asset portfolio we carry. No business would carry such a portfolio, and veterans deserve better,” Secretary Robert McDonald told the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee last week. “It’s time to close VA’s old substandard and underutilized infrastructure …

  • Signs of Progress in Federal Effort to Pare List of Excess Properties0

    At a House hearing on Tuesday, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) said the federal government’s ownership of 7,000 unneeded properties worth $350 billion is “unacceptable.” “The Congress and public will be astounded to learn of the unbelievable inventory of properties uncovered in documents provided to the committee after waiting nearly three years,” said Mica, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform’s Government Operations Subcommittee. Nearly 1,500 of the unneeded properties are valued in the multi-million-dollar range …

  • House Panel Demands Data on Excess Federal Property0

    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 …

  • Lawmakers Encouraged about Prospect of Moving Legislation to Shed Federal Properties0

    A bipartisan push may be under way to enact legislation motivating the federal government to thin its portfolio of an estimated 14,000 unneeded properties. Multiple efforts since the beginning of 2011 to reform the process for federal property disposal have not advanced, but following a Capitol Hill roundtable last week featuring real estate experts and former federal officials, two lawmakers are eager to try again …