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Civilian Property Realignment Act - Upcoming

Letters to Officials

January 31, 2012

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) will soon introduce the Civilian Property Realignment Act. On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support this legislation.

According to a February 10, 2011 Government Accountability Office report, 24 federal agencies identified 45,190 underutilized buildings that cost $1.66 billion annually to operate. This large inventory is the product of a convoluted and inefficient disposal process. Current law requires that any federal real property identified by an agency as having no further use, or serving a purpose that could be satisfied with only a portion of the property, must be screened for use by other agencies prior to its sale. If the property goes unclaimed, it is then screened for homeless use. Any properties remaining at the end of this process are put up for public auction and sold to the highest bidder. This drawn-out disposal procedure can often last multiple years, during which time taxpayers are on the hook for the massive maintenance costs associated with operating these buildings.

Rep. Denham’s legislation would expedite and reform the disposal process by establishing a one-year period for surplus properties to be available for public sale and exempt from the current screening process. If by the end of the one year period no written offer is received to purchase a surplus property, the asset would at that point be subjected to the screening process. The bill requires that by no later than September 30, 2016, the Administrator of General Services must produce $25 billion in combined profits from the sale of real property, reductions in operating and maintenance expenses, and savings generated from other space consolidation efforts. All proceeds garnered from this process would be applied to reduce the federal deficit.

Placing long, drawn-out administrative roadblocks in the way of the government’s ability to sell properties and produce billions of dollars to help pay down the deficit is wasteful and highly inefficient. I strongly urge you to support Rep. Kelly’s legislation to begin prioritizing the public auction of unused federal property and reducing the nation’s $1.4 trillion deficit. All votes on the Expedited Sale and Savings of Federal Property Act will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2011 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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