Today Congressman Bob Goodlatte announced that the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Committee with jurisdiction over federal buildings, will hold an oversight hearing on the renovation of the Richard H. Poff federal building on Thursday, April 14th at 10:00 a.m. The hearing, which is titled "Richard H. Poff Federal Building Renovation: Is it Costing the Taxpayer Too Much?", will be held in the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management and Congressman Goodlatte will testify before the Subcommittee.
Congressman Goodlatte made the following statement about the upcoming hearing:
"Since the announcement nearly two years ago that the Poff Building would undergo renovations which are now totaling more than $61 million, when including the cost of moving the current tenants, temporary locations for those tenants and security costs, I have received numerous inquiries from constituents concerned about this project. Specifically their concerns include the excessive price tag for the project, the cost effectiveness of this project relative to alternative construction, and the inability of local businesses to bid on the initial stages of the project. Since that time I have aggressively sought answers from the GSA regarding the cost and scope of this wasteful and misguided project and yet they haven't produced any satisfactory answers.
In fact, the incoming data continues to reflect poorly on how GSA has handled this taxpayer-funded undertaking. The federal government and the American taxpayers deserve answers from the GSA on this enormous project. I am hopeful that this public hearing will offer additional opportunities to understand why the Poff Federal Building project has been conducted in such an unconvincing manner thus far."
In addition to Congressman Goodlatte, David Ehrenwerth, the Regional Administrator of GSA, and Brian Miller, the Inspector General of GSA, will testify at the hearing.