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Federal Real Property Disposal Enhancement Act of 2008

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FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY DISPOSAL ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2008 -- (House of Representatives - September 29, 2008)

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Mr. DAVIS of Virginia. Madam Speaker, today we take up the Federal Real Property Disposal Enhancement Act of 2008. This bill is a common sense reform that I have long supported.

The federal government is the largest landholder in the country. As such, it is essential for the federal government to manage its properties as efficiently and effectively as possible.

More importantly, property which is no longer of use to the federal government should be removed from the inventory.

Unfortunately, over the years, federal property disposal processes have become increasingly cumbersome and unwieldy, and agencies often decide it's easier to sit on a property than try to get rid of it.

In fact, OMB estimates a backlog of more than 21,000 in properties in need of maintenance and repair, carrying a price tag of more than $18 billion.

When I chaired the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I spent a considerable amount of time working to reform the federal real property disposal system.

This bill does not go as far as I would like us to go in reforming our federal property laws.

But the databases and reporting requirements included in this legislation will at least allow us to know the extent of the problem.

Good government doesn't just mandate that we don't spend what we don't need to spend ..... it also mandates that we don't keep what we don't need to keep.

It's time the government does a better job at meeting that goal so I'll be supporting this legislation and I encourage my colleague to do the same.

The bill was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time, was read the third time, and passed, and a motion to reconsider was laid on the table.

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