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IRS closes facilities in broad real-estate consolidation plan

In a broad move to wring more savings from real estate costs, the IRS announced it will close 43 small offices over the next two years and reduce space at many other larger facilities.IRS also plans to consolidate multiple offices "within the same commuting area" and will increase the use of desk-sharing and telework to save space at other offices.

Tags: OMB , Jeffrey Zients , IRS , real property disposal , Doug Shulman

Tuesday - 05/22/2012, 06:26pm EDT

GAO: Faulty system lists rat-infested federal buildings in excellent condition

The administration has set steep goals in slashing the number of excess federal properties and the costs associated with operating them. But the main resource for tracking federal properties is plagued by unsound data collection efforts, inconsistent standards and inaccuracies, according to a new Government Accountability Office review.

Tags: Danny Werfel , GAO , Tom Carper , federal real property

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 09:54pm EDT

Agencies forced to freeze office space footprint

A memo from Controller Danny Werfel requires agencies to submit a plan to maintain current total square footage for office and warehouse space. Agencies must offset any new growth by disposing of current leases.

Tags: financial management , Danny Werfel , GSA , Freeze the Footprint , Lauren Larson

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 08:18pm EDT

GSA pounded for not moving excess property faster

Lawmakers at a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held at the Georgetown Heating Plant, blasted the General Services Administration for its handling of excess federal properties.

Tags: Congress , House , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , Jeff Denham , GSA , John Mica , Flavio Peres , Esther Carey

Wednesday - 06/20/2012, 05:56pm EDT

Historic buildings throw wrench in agencies real-property efforts

In a new report, the Government Accountability Office found tighter budgets in recent years have constrained agencies' ability to maintain and repair historic buildings and that poor data practices have led to inconsistent and erroneous information on a database designed to track federal properties.

Tags: historic preservation , GAO , GSA , VA , NPS , management

Friday - 01/11/2013, 06:31pm EST

Mica: 'Mismanagement of assets is shameful'

Congressman John Mica says his top priority as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations is to cut agency waste, fraud and abuse beyond just the low hanging fruit. Mica's column is part of Federal News Radio's special report, Rise of the Money People.

Tags: John Mica , Congress , duplicative programs , financial management , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , House , Rise of the Money People

Friday - 04/12/2013, 04:21am EDT

From islands to log cabins, agencies struggle to offload excess property

The process of disposing of properties that have outlasted their usefulness to the government continues to vex agencies. As part of the special report, Rise of the Money People, Federal News Radio examines why the government has struggled with real-property management and the reform efforts on the table that could help make a difference.

Tags: Dorothy Robyn , GSA , excess property , financial management , Rise of the Money People

Tuesday - 04/09/2013, 06:00am EDT
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OMB controller nominee Werfel would take deeper look at DoD's books

He outlines several priorities if confirmed, including further reducing improper payments and reducing the federal real property inventory. Werfel says DoD must better understand why a qualified audit helps them meet their mission.

Tags: management , Danny Werfel , Sen. Tom Carper , OMB , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , VA , DoD , NASA , DHS , financial management , improper payments , Consolidated financial audits ,

Wednesday - 09/16/2009, 06:46pm EDT
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Senate to trim 'land bank' of office space

Committee members said the rules governing how agencies dispose of property need to be updated.

Tags: Tom Coburn , Mark Begich , Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Commit , Robert Peck , GSA , civilian BRAC , Jory Heckman

Monday - 06/13/2011, 08:27pm EDT

CBO finds bill to sell fed buildings cost-prohibitive

The President's proposal for a Civilian Property Realignment Board could cost agencies more money than the current system to dispose of unused federal property.

Tags: CBO , DoD , Darrell Issa , BRAC , Jory Heckman

Thursday - 06/30/2011, 02:13pm EDT
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