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Denham's civilian property realignment bill passes voice vote

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jeff Denham’s legislation, the Civilian Property Realignment Act (CPRA), passed by voice vote in a Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management mark-up. Denham’s bill would employ a BRAC-like process to civilian properties, reduce the federal footprint and save taxpayers billions of dollars, his office said in a news release.

Denham’s bill, the Civilian Property Realignment Act (H.R. 1734), would employ the use of a civilian BRAC process to address chronic management issues and waste as it relates to federal real property. Denham’s legislation would establish a framework through which an independent commission would review federal properties and make recommendations for consolidations, co-locations, redevelopment, selling or other actions to minimize costs and produce savings for the taxpayer, according to the news release.

“My legislation would establish an independent commission, similar to the BRAC commission, to review our federal assets and develop recommendations that will allow us to maximize real savings and efficiencies,” Denham said in the release. “It has always been my intention to move my bill through Congress quickly. Today marked the next step towards consolidating our federal footprint, increasing government efficiency and saving billions of taxpayer dollars.”

A substitute amendment offered by Denham was approved, making clarifying and technical changes to the legislation. The amendment clarifies GAO’s oversight role, modifies the commission’s duties to ensure it is clear the commission may develop its own recommendations for consideration and clarifies net proceeds are subject to appropriation, and ensures GSA’s expertise in civilian property management is part of the process, the news release said.

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