WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the administration updated its excess property list, making the case for Rep. Jeff Denham’s bill, the Civilian Property Realignment Act (CPRA)., according to a news release from Denham's office.
Among the properties added, the GSA Georgetown West Heat Plant has been identified as “truly unneeded,” and if sold, could result millions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
The GSA Georgetown West Heat Plant has been sitting underused for 11 years. Despite its addition to the excess properties list, under current law, there is no guarantee this valuable property will be sold. This building highlights the importance of Denham’s bill, the CPRA, which takes politics out of the process and eliminates the red tape that continues to obstruct the sale or consolidation of these buildings and is standing in the way of immediate taxpayer savings.
Denham, chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, issued the following statement after OMB’s action today:
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"I am happy to be working with the Administration to reduce our federal footprint and save taxpayer dollars. There has been inaction on these vacant and underused buildings for too long. Identifying excess property is step one. My bill, CPRA, also takes politics out of the process and cuts through the bureaucratic red tape to ensure the sale or consolidation of these properties, resulting in real savings to reduce our $14.3 trillion deficit.”
NOTE: Rep. Denham’s bill, The Civilian Property Realignment Act (CPRA), H.R. 1734 passed the full Transportation and Infrastructure committee last week. The Civilian Property Realignment Act (CPRA), according to the news release:
- Takes politics out of the process
- Literally shrinks the size of government
- Employs common sense solutions to begin to reduce our 14.3 trillion dollar deficit.
- Solution to save taxpayer dollars without raising taxes.
Denham first introduced the idea for CPRA at a hearing in February at the Old Post Office – another federal building that has been unoccupied for 10 years.