The Transportation & Infrastructure Committee passed today bipartisan legislation to reform the General Services Administration (GSA) to increase transparency, oversight of federal public building programs, and save taxpayers money. Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the T & I Committee, says this bill will keep federal agencies accountable and preserve taxpayer dollars.
"For too long taxpayers have watched the GSA take their hard earned dollars and spend that money on ridiculous conferences, bonuses, and travel. It is time for Congress to take back the reins and hold government agencies accountable," said Shuster.
The Public Buildings Savings and Reform Act of 2013 (H.R 2612) improves the function and management of the Public Buildings Service of the GSA. The bill addresses waste and mismanagement identified by Committee investigations, Government Accountability Office studies, and the GSA Inspector General, including expansion of the federal real property footprint, the lack of transparency on federal property information and utilization, the overbuilding of federal courthouses, and GSA's bonus and internship systems and conferences.
"Thousands of federal properties sit vacant and thousands more are underutilized. The Public Buildings Savings and Reform Act will provide the needed reforms to help eliminate this senseless waste," Shuster added.
Shuster began working on a number of these reforms when he was a subcommittee chairman and is a co-sponsor of H.R. 2612.