H.R. 1734 (112th): Civilian Property Realignment Act

May 04, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Passed House)
Jeff Denham
Representative for California's 19th congressional district
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Feb 09, 2012
40 pages
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Last Action: Aug 02, 2011


This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on February 7, 2012 but was never passed by the Senate.

Introduced May 04, 2011
Referred to Committee May 04, 2011
Reported by Committee Oct 13, 2011
Passed House Feb 07, 2012
Full Title

To decrease the deficit by realigning, consolidating, selling, disposing, and improving the efficiency of federal buildings and other civilian real property, and for other purposes.


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Feb 07, 2012 1:53 p.m.
Failed 191/230
Feb 07, 2012 2:40 p.m.
Passed 259/164

31 cosponsors (29R, 2D) (show)

House Oversight and Government Reform

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Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

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2/7/2012--Passed House amended.
Civilian Property Realignment Act or CPRA -
Section 2 -
States as the purposes of this Act to:
(1) consolidate the footprint of federal buildings and facilities;
(2) maximize the utilization rate for such buildings and facilities;
(3) reduce the reliance on leased space;
(4) sell or redevelop high value assets that are underutilized to obtain the highest and best value and to maximize the return to the taxpayer;
(5) reduce the operating and maintenance costs of federal civilian real properties;
(6) reduce redundancy, overlap, and costs associated with field offices;
(7) create incentives for federal agencies to achieve greater efficiency in their inventories of civilian real property;
(8) facilitate and expedite the sale or disposal of unneeded civilian properties; and
(9) assist federal agencies in achieving sustainability goals.
Section 3 -
Defines "federal civilian real property and civilian real property" as federal real property assets, including public buildings, occupied and improved grounds, leased space, or other physical structures under the custody and control of any federal agency, except for:
(1) a base, camp, post, or other facility under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense (DOD);
(2) properties excluded for national security reasons;
(3) properties in the public domain, certain naval vessels, and government records;
(4) Indian and Native Alaskan properties;
(5) properties operated and maintained by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA);
(6) postal properties;
(7) properties used for federal agricultural, recreational, and conservation purposes;
(8) properties used in connection with river, harbor, flood control, reclamation, or power projects; and
(9) properties located outside the United States operated or maintained by the Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Section 4 -
Establishes the Civilian Property Realignment Commission as an independent commission for the purpose of identifying opportunities for the federal government to reduce significantly its inventory of civilian real property and reduce costs to the government. Terminates the Commission six years after the enactment of this Act.
Section 11 -
Requires federal agency heads, not later than 120 days after the enactment of this Act and 120 days after the beginning of each fiscal year, to submit to the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB):
(1) current data on all federal civilian real properties owned, leased or controlled by federal agencies, including the age and condition of such properties, operating costs, history of capital expenditures, sustainability metrics, and square footage; and
(2) recommendations for the sale for proceeds or disposal of federal civilian properties and for achieving operational efficiencies for such properties.
Requires the Director, in consultation with the Administrator, to:
(1) review agency recommendations and develop consistent standards and criteria for such review, and
(2) develop recommendations to the Commission based upon such standards and criteria.
Section 12 -
Sets forth the duties of the Commission, including:
(1) identifying opportunities to reduce significantly the inventory of civilian real property and reduce costs to the government,
(2) identifying not less than 5 federal properties not on the list of surplus or excess buildings with a total fair market value of not less than $500 million,
(3) performing an independent analysis of the inventory of federal civilian real property and of recommendations for the sale of such properties, and
(4) identifying or developing and implementing an accounting system for evaluating recommendations for sales of civilian real property.
Requires the Comptroller General (GAO) to report on Commission recommendations and its selection process.
Section 13 -
Requires the President to review the Commission's recommendations and report on his or her approval or disapproval of them. Requires the Commission to revise its recommendations if disapproved by the President.
Section 14 -
Sets forth procedures for congressional consideration of Commission recommendations approved by the President.
Section 15 -
Requires federal agencies to: (1) immediately begin preparation to carry out the Commission's recommendations after the congressional review process, (2) initiate all activities for implementation not later than two years after the President transmits the approved recommendations to Congress, and (3) complete implementation within six years unless extenuating circumstances prevent timely completion.
Section 16 -
Authorizes appropriations and establishes accounts for the salaries and expenses of the Commission and for implementing the Commission's recommendations.
Section 18 -
Exempts provisions of this Act relating to the development of recommendations by the Commission from the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Limits the period for bringing a civil action under such Act for judicial review of implementation activities under this Act.
Section 19 -
Requires congressional review of proposed projects for the construction, alteration, or acquisition of federal buildings for: (1) compliance with criteria established by this Act relating to the economic feasibility of maintaining underutilized federal buildings, and (2) the use of life-cycle cost analysis to achieve long-term savings.
Section 20 -
Limits the authority of executive agencies to lease space for the purposes of a public building. Requires the Administrator of GSA to comply with requirements of the Small Business Act when using commercial leasing services.
Section 21 -
Requires GAO to annually monitor, review, and report on implementation activities under this Act.
Section 22 -
Expresses the sense of Congress that:
(1) the Commission should assist small, minority, and women-owned businesses in obtaining contracts to redevelop federal property;
(2) the Commission and other federal officials should conduct a public information campaign to advise small, minority, and women-owned businesses regarding such contracts; and
(3) firms that are awarded such contracts should, to the maximum extent practicable, seek to award subcontracts to small, minority, and women-owned businesses.
Section 23 -
Requires the Administrator to ensure that the life-cycle cost of a public building is considered in the construction or lease of a public building that:
(1) is constructed or leased after the enactment of this Act;
(2) has estimated construction costs exceeding $1 million;
(3) if leased, has square footage of more than 25,000 square feet; and
(4) has more than 50% of its estimated construction or lease costs federally-funded.
Defines "life-cycle cost" as the sum of investment, capital, installation, energy, operating, maintenance, and replacement costs.

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