Review of the Public Buildings Cooperative Use Act of 1976 and Its Implementations

LCD-79-302: Published: Jan 25, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 1979.

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In an evaluation of the implementation of the Public Buildings Cooperative Use Act of 1976, GAO reviewed all aspects of the act, including: (1) the methods used by the General Services Administration (GSA) to identify and calculate costs of acquiring and renovating train stations and other historical buildings; (2) the feasibility of leasing space for commercial activities in federal buildings; and (3) the appropriateness of using historic buildings for federal office space.

GAO found that GSA is interpreting the act as a way to acquire and preserve historic structures, whereas GAO believes the intent of the act is for the purpose of acquiring additional federal office space.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: If Congress intends that historic structures should be preserved even though there is not a pressing need for additional federal space in certain locations, GAO recommends that the intent of the law be redefined to allow GSA to acquire such space without having to demonstrate need.


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