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Recommendation: As part of its lease reform efforts and to increase possible cost savings, the GSA Administrator should seek to reduce leasing costs for federal agencies by exploring, with relevant stakeholders, the possibility of loaning unobligated Federal Buildings Fund balances to agencies to cover tenant improvement costs that would otherwise have to be financed for new leases. If GSA finds that, with sufficient controls in place, tenant improvements can be safely funded this way, it should participate in the development of a legislative proposal to request that Congress make the necessary budget authority available.
Agency: General Services Administration Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: GSA agreed that these loans would reduce leasing costs to agencies and indicated that making such loans would have to be weighed against competing priorities and would require additional authority to loan unobligated Federal Buildings Fund balances to agencies to cover tenant improvement costs. However, we confirmed in November 2018 that GSA has not yet participated in the development of a legislative proposal to request that Congress make the necessary budget authority available. To fully implement this recommendation, GSA should (1) determine if it could safely fund tenant improvements in this way and, if it could, (2) develop a legislative proposal to request that Congress make the necessary budget authority available.