General Services Administration's Procedures for Disposing of Federal Property

LCD-77-352: Published: Jul 20, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1982.

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Despite authorizing legislation, the General Services Administration (GSA) has not always promoted maximum utilization of excess land by the executive agencies. In some cases, GSA disposal of land outside the government led to unnecessary expenditures by the requesting agency, resulted in litigation, and caused uncertainty to an agency which delayed disposal of federal property. Further, the reduced screening period on certain types of property did not expedite the disposal of property outside the federal government.

The denying of a land exchange request by the Air Force adjacent to an Air Force base and a Coast Guard request to consolidate operations in Boston led to increased costs to the government. In three other cases in which GSA favored disposal of property outside the government, the results led to: (1) litigation; (2) such uncertainty that an agency with excess property will not report it for disposal; and (3) referral to the White House for resolution. Reduced screening time for land disposal relative to two programs for land suitable for parks and recreation and for easing the economic impact of military base closures did not expedite the disposal process in any way.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: When a federal agency is denied excess property in favor of disposal outside the government, the GSA should prepare an explanatory statement for the appropriate congressional committees. Further, deviations from normal screening procedures should be cleared with the cognizant congressional committees before implementation.


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