The House voted to approve the Civilian Property Realignment Act. It would establish a commission to get rid of underused buildings, just the way the BRAC process worked for military bases.
“What unites us is selling off things that we don’t need, redeveloping things that aren’t being used today and actually providing more jobs and more revenue for the taxpayers of the nation,” said Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), sponsor of the bill.
He told The Federal Drive with Tom Temin the coming Senate version may have some differences with his bill, but that’s OK.
“The federal government has a horrible track record of getting rid of properties that we don’t need,” Denham said. “These large buildings in many of the urban areas sat vacant for well over a decade, and the federal government has sold 82 properties over 25 years.”
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.