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Letter to Robert Peck, Commissioner of U.S. General Services Administration - GSA Controlled Properties

Representative Jeff Denham, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, sent a letter to Commissioner Robert Peck at the General Services Administration (GSA) requesting a complete list of all GSA-controlled properties. Rep. Denham received full backing from the subcommittee on this letter that further advances his agenda to eliminate government waste and provide oversight over the management of federal properties.

In this formal request, Chairman Denham asked for access to the database as it pertains to GSA-controlled properties and a complete list of all properties included in the database. Mr. Denham asked for all information pertaining to the properties including: the building address, square footage, estimated market value, how much the property costs the federal government to maintain, current building capacity, current building use, and other associated information.

"I have made it clear that eliminating waste and getting our fiscal house in order is a priority of mine," said Rep. Denham. "I am focused on selling excess, underused federal buildings and will remain committed to providing the necessary oversight as Chair of the subcommittee."

During the Subcommittee's first hearing of the 112th Congress, Chairman Denham issued a warning to all federal agencies putting them on notice that he wants a list of excess and surplus properties and will request subpoenas if necessary. Since this hearing, over three weeks ago, the GSA has failed to fulfill multiple requests for lists of properties.

The letter appears below:

March 2, 2011

The Honorable Robert Peck
Commissioner, Public Buildings Service
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20405

Dear Commissioner Peck,

We write to request information regarding the General Services Administration's (GSA) properties. On several occasions, including directly with you, during a Subcommittee hearing, and subsequently with your staff, requests have been made regarding access to property lists and other information.

In particular, we would request that GSA provide access to the property lists and other information contained in the Federal Real Property Profile database of GSA-controlled properties. Access to this database is critical to ensuring that our Subcommittee can properly conduct oversight and evaluate proposals for space submitted for congressional approval.

We would request that the following be provided to the Subcommittee no later than Friday, March 11, 2011:

* Access to the database as it pertains the GSA-controlled properties; and
* A compelte list, both a hard copy and electronically, of all GSA-controlled estimated market value, how much the property costs the federal government to maintain, current building capacity, current building use, and other associated information.

Should you have any questions regarding this request, please contact the Subcommittee Staff Director, Dan Mathews at (202) 225-3014.

Sincerely,

Jeff Denham, M.C.
Chairman
Subcommittee on Economic Development,
Public Buildings,
and Emergency Management,

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Delegate
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Economic Development,
Public Buildings,
and Emergency Management,

(Signed)
Timothy V. Johnson
Bob Gibbs
Bob Filner
Donna F. Edwards
Timothy J. Walz
Richard L. Hanna
Mike Michaud
Lou Barletta
Rick Crawford
Randy Hultgren
Patrick Meehan
Stephen Lee Fincher
Russ Carnahan


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