The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has introduced a bill to help federal agencies better manage their properties.
The Federal Real Property Asset Management Reform Act of 2013 would help agencies in disposing and managing their buildings and facilities in a more efficient manner. Committee Chair Senator Tom Carper of Delaware says improving the way federal property is managed can get better results and save taxpayer money. Carper says the bill that’s been introduced will save taxpayers billions of dollars in costs associated with excess and underutilized federal government property.
The bill would require agencies to inventory their properties, and require a Federal Real Property Council to create management plans. The Government Services Administration would have to maintain a single database of all properties, and then create a pilot program to speed up the disposal of surplus properties.
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