Lawmakers Push GSA to Unload More Properties

February 27, 2013

Key lawmakers are pressing the General Services Administration and other agencies to more aggressively dispose of excess and underutilized federal properties.

Reps. John Mica, R-Fla., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee government operations that agencies need to do better at tracking, reporting and disposing of excess and underutilized property.

Mica, the subcommittee chairman, said that a 7,000-acre Agricultural Research Service site in Beltsville, Md., is nearly half empty, and that 200 out of 400 of its buildings are vacant or underutilized.

“This is some of the most valuable real estate in the country,” Mica said.

While agencies have moved ahead with disposing of some properties, it is not enough, he said.

“We are only scratching the surface of some of the problems that we have,” Mica said.

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