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H.R. 1254: Eliminate Agency Excess Space Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 23, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1254

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 23, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Steube, Mr. Budd, Mr. Hice of Georgia, Mr. Allen, Mr. Roy, Mr. Keller, Mr. Duncan, Mrs. Boebert, Mr. Gaetz, Ms. Herrell, Mr. Palmer, Mrs. Hinson, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Brooks, Mr. Weber of Texas, Mr. Cawthorn, Mr. Moore of Alabama, Mr. Baird, Mr. Jackson, Mrs. McClain, and Mr. Babin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform

A BILL

To amend title 40, United States Code, to modify certain requirements for Federal agencies in the disposition of surplus real property, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Eliminate Agency Excess Space Act.

2.

Findings; sense of Congress

(a)

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

Under the status quo, empty Federal agency office buildings cannot be sold by agencies that want to be efficient. Instead, each agency must let their vacant office spaces remain a purposeless and excessive cost on their balance sheets.

(2)

According to a 2017 Congressional Research Service report, in fiscal year 2016, U.S. Federal agencies owned 3,120 buildings that were vacant or unutilized and owned another 7,859 buildings that were partially empty or underutilized.

(b)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1)

Federal agencies should not be limited when placing unused or underused office space on the market for sale; and

(2)

Federal agencies should be able to sell their unused offices to provide for greater fiscal responsibility and better stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

3.

Removal of GSA verification requirement

(a)

In general

Section 524 of title 40, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking subsection (a);

(2)

in subsection (b)—

(A)

in paragraph (1) by striking the semicolon and inserting ; and;

(B)

by striking paragraph (2); and

(C)

by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (2); and

(3)

by redesignating subsections (b) and (c) as subsections (a) and (b), respectively.

(b)

Procedure for disposal

Section 545 of title 40, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)—

(A)

in paragraph (7) by striking the semicolon and inserting ; or;

(B)

by striking paragraph (8); and

(C)

by redesignating paragraph (9) as paragraph (8); and

(2)

in subsection (d)—

(A)

by striking Negotiated sale at fixed price and all that follows through The Administrator may and inserting Negotiated sale at fixed price.—The Administrator may; and

(B)

by striking paragraph (2).

(c)

Real property

Chapter 5 of title 40, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 574 the following new section:

575.

Proceeds from sale of certain agency property

Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, proceeds from the sale of excess property or surplus property by an agency pursuant to section 102-75.255 of title 41, Code of Federal Regulations, shall be deposited into the General Fund of the Treasury where such amounts shall be—

(1)

dedicated to the sole purpose of deficit reduction; and

(2)

prohibited from use as an offset for other spending increases or revenue reductions.

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(d)

Clerical amendment

The analysis for chapter 5 of title 40, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 574 the following new item:

575. Proceeds from sale of certain agency property.

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(e)

Regulations

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of General Services shall issue such regulations as are necessary to update section 102–75.255 of title 41, Code of Federal Regulations, to authorize executive agencies to dispose of surplus property and excess property without making the property available to other executive agencies or State and local governments before such disposal.

(f)

Definitions

In this section, the terms excess property, executive agency, and surplus property have the meaning given such terms in section 102 of title 40, United States Code.

4.

GSA Reports

(a)

Review

Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, and every 5 years thereafter, the Administrator of General Services, in coordination with the Congressional Research Service, shall submit to Congress a report containing the information described in subsection (b).

(b)

Contents of report

The report required under subsection (a) shall contain the following:

(1)

A survey of all unused or vacant office space held by each executive agency and recommendations for reducing each agency’s real property assets, selling such assets in an efficient manner, and addressing any potential safety hazards associated with vacant office space.

(2)

A survey of all the underutilized or partially empty agency office space held by each executive agency and recommendations for reducing each agency’s real property assets, selling such assets in an efficient manner, and addressing any potential safety hazards associated with partially empty office space.

(3)

For each excess property and surplus property disposed of by an executive agency, an indication of—

(A)

the date and method of disposal; and

(B)

the proceeds obtained from the disposition of such disposal.

(4)

For all excess property and surplus property disposed of by all executive agencies, an indication of

(A)

the amount of time required to fully dispose of excess property and surplus property under the custody and control of all executive agencies; and

(B)

the cost to dispose of excess property and surplus property under the custody and control of all executive agencies.

(c)

Definitions

In this section, the terms excess property, executive agency, and surplus property have the meaning given such terms in section 102 of title 40, United States Code.