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GAO reported on the Bureau of Reclamation's process for identifying unused, underused, and unneeded land.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of the Interior||1. The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, to transfer any unneeded public domain land used or needed by other federal agencies to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for disposition.|
|Department of the Interior||2. The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, to consider whether interests of the federal government that would be advanced by amending the 1943 Columbia Basin Project Act to recover future surplus settlement land sale revenues for the government rather than crediting them to the repayment obligations of the project's three irrigation districts outweigh the interests of the districts. Should it be determined that the government's interests are paramount, legislation should be submitted to Congress specifying that future surplus revenues from settlement land sales shall be credited to the federal government.|
|Department of the Interior||3. The Secretary of the Interior should direct the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, to refrain from selling settlement land at the Columbia Basin Project until consideration of the proper disposition of future surplus settlement land sale revenues has been completed.|