- To examine properties held by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the statutory requirements for real property disposal.
- To consider potential legislative solutions for handling vacant federal properties.
- The federal government is the largest single holder of real property in the United States, with more than 273,000 buildings at an operating cost exceeding $18.7 billion. USDA owns a significant number of buildings.
- Federal real property management has been on the Government Accountability Office’s High Risk List since 2003.
- Federal agencies are required to dispose of excess real property, but are hindered by statutory disposal requirements, costs of preparing properties for disposal, conflicts with stakeholders, and other constraints.
- H.R. 4665, the Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act, introduced by Rep. Denham ( R-CA) and cosponsored by Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings was marked-up by the Committee and passed by the full House earlier this year.
Witnesses and testimonies
|The Honorable David Mader||Controller||Office of Management and Budget||Document|
|The Honorable Gregory Parham||Assistant Secretary for Administration||Department of Agriculture||Document|
|Mr. Michael Gelber||Deputy Commissioner, Public Buildings Service||General Services Administration||Document|
|Mr. David Wise||Director, Physical Infrastructure||Government Accountability Office||Document|