Vacant Federal Properties

Hearing Date: September 23, 2016 9:15 am 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine properties held by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the statutory requirements for real property disposal.
  • To consider potential legislative solutions for handling vacant federal properties.


  • The federal government is the largest single holder of real property in the United States, with more than 273,000 buildings at an operating cost exceeding $18.7 billion. USDA owns a significant number of buildings.
  • Federal real property management has been on the Government Accountability Office’s High Risk List since 2003.
  • Federal agencies are required to dispose of excess real property, but are hindered by statutory disposal requirements, costs of preparing properties for disposal, conflicts with stakeholders, and other constraints.
  • H.R. 4665, the Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act, introduced by Rep. Denham ( R-CA) and cosponsored by Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings was marked-up by the Committee and passed by the full House earlier this year.


Witnesses and testimonies

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The Honorable David Mader Controller Office of Management and Budget Document
The Honorable Gregory Parham Assistant Secretary for Administration Department of Agriculture Document
Mr. Michael Gelber Deputy Commissioner, Public Buildings Service General Services Administration Document
Mr. David Wise Director, Physical Infrastructure Government Accountability Office Document

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