ADVISORY: Oversight Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Wasted Federal Properties at Vacant D.C. Warehouse

April 23, 2013

WASHINGTON – The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, chaired by Rep. John Mica (R-FL), will continue its examination of vacant or underutilized federal real properties with a field hearing held at a vacant, GSA-owned warehouse in Washington, D.C.
 
The warehouse, located at 49 L Street S.E., Washington, D.C., has been empty since September 2009 and costs taxpayers approximately $70,000 a year to maintain. The hearing will examine the empty building’s cost to taxpayers and highlight the on-going problems with the collection and accuracy of data contained in the Federal Real Property Portfolio (FRPP).
 
The Subcommittee on Government Operations has previously held two hearings on federal real property in February and March 2013. Federal real-property has been on the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) “high-risk list” since 2003 due to concerns about the reliability of real property data. GAO estimates that vacant or underutilized properties cost taxpayers $1.67 billion annually.
 
For details on parking and location, please contact Caitlin Carroll at 202-225-0037 or Caitlin.carroll@mail.house.gov.
 
Hearing Details:
Government Operations Oversight: Addressing Unused and Vacant Federal Property
Subcommittee on Government Operations, Chairman John Mica (R-FL)
9:30 a.m. at 49 L Street S.E., Washington, D.C. Public entrance on L St. S.E.
*** This hearing will not be streamed online, but a recording will available at oversight.house.gov following the hearing.***
 
Witness List:
Michael Gelber
Deputy Commissioner, Public Buildings Service
General Services Administration
 
David Wise
Director, Physical Infrastructure Team
U.S. Government Accountability Office
 
The Honorable Tommy Wells
D.C. Councilmember
Ward 6
 
Ed Kaminski
Commissioner
Washington DC Advisory Neighborhood Commissions
 

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