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Mica Schedules Hearing After GSA Report Leads to Ouster of Officials

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April 3, 2012

By Ellyn Ferguson

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will delve into spending practices at the General Services Administration in response to the release of an inspector general’s report detailing the agency’s expenditure of more than $822,000 on a training conference.
Chairman John L. Mica, R-Fla., said Tuesday that his committee could hold a hearing the week of April 16, after the House returns from a two-week recess. The committee has oversight of the Public Buildings Service department of the GSA, the agency that manages basic functions for the federal government, such as office and building leases, acquisition contracts and cost-saving policies.

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“This agency is sitting on thousands of mismanaged, under utilized and vacant properties,” he said in a written statement.“Excess and under utilized federal properties cost Americans $1.7 billion to operate every year.” He singled out its management of the Old Post Office Building, saying it was “partially vacant for over 10 years, costing taxpayers millions annually in operational losses.”
Mica said his committee has pressed the GSA since December for information about its spending practices, but had gotten little cooperation. Still, he said, the panel had identified significant increases in the Public Buildings Service budget and in the agency’s overall budget.

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