H. R. 2345
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 1, 2021
Mr. Ryan (for himself, Mr. Joyce of Ohio, and Mr. Gonzalez of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To establish a commission to study the relocation of select executive agencies or divisions of such agencies outside the Washington metropolitan area, to make recommendations to Congress on appropriate findings, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Federal Government Decentralization Commission Act.
There is established in the General Services Administration a commission to be known as the
Federal Government Decentralization Commission (in this Act referred to as the
Duties of Commission
The Commission shall—
study the relocation of executive agencies or divisions of executive agencies outside the Washington metropolitan area; and
submit to Congress a plan for the relocation of recommended agencies or divisions.
Number and appointment
The Commission shall be composed of the Administrator of General Services (or a designee) and 10 other members, appointed as follows:
Two members shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate.
Two members shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Two members shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.
Two members shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives.
Two members shall be appointed by the Administrator of the General Service Administration.
Deadline for initial appointment
The initial members of the Commission shall be appointed not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.
A vacancy in the Commission—
shall not affect the powers of the Commission; and
shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment was made.
Each member of the Commission shall serve without pay.
Each member of the Commission shall be allowed a per diem allowance for travel expenses, at rates consistent with those authorized under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code.
The Chairperson of the Commission shall be the Administrator of General Services (or a designee).
Administrative support and staff provided by the General Services Administration
Administrative and support staff for the Commission shall be provided by the General Services Administration.
Submission of plan to Congress
Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commission shall develop and submit to Congress a plan for the relocation of executive agencies or divisions of executive agencies outside the Washington metropolitan area.
Requirements for plan
The plan shall include the following:
An identification of new locations for executive agencies or divisions of executive agencies outside the Washington metropolitan area, which shall be prioritized—
by relocation to a low-income community; or
by relocation to areas with expertise in the mission and goal of the executive agency or division.
A consideration of national security implications of the relocation.
An economic and workforce development study on how the relocation of an executive agency or division would impact the new location.
A list of potential site acquisitions and partial prospectus for executive agencies or divisions of executive agencies, which shall include—
a brief description of the building to be constructed, altered, or leased;
the location of the building; and
an estimate of the maximum cost of the acquisition and the relocation.
In this Act:
The term executive agency has the meaning given the term Executive agency in section 105 of title 5, United States Code, except that the term does not include the Executive Office of the President.
The term low-income community has the meaning given that term in section 45D(e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 45D(e)).
Washington metropolitan area
The term Washington metropolitan area means the geographic area located within the boundaries of—
the District of Columbia;
Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in the State of Maryland; and
Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon, and Prince William Counties and the City of Alexandria in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Commission shall terminate 30 days after the submission of the plan under section 6.
No new appropriations may be obligated to carry out this Act.