On May 1, 2015 the SPEAKER pro tempore laid before the House of Representatives the following communication from the Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; which was read and, without objection, referred to the Committee on Appropriations:
House of Representatives, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
Washington, DC, May 1, 2015.
Hon. JOHN BOEHNER,
Speaker of the House, House of Representatives, The Capitol, Washington, DC.
DEAR MR. SPEAKER: On April 30, 2015, pursuant to section 3307 of Title 40, United States Code, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met in open session to consider resolutions to authorize two prospectuses, including one construction prospectus and one alteration prospectus included in the General Services Administration’s FY2014 and FY2015 Capital Investment and Leasing programs, respectively.
The Committee continues to work to cut waste and the cost of federal property and leases. The resolutions include projects that will reduce space and support consolidations into Government-owned facilities. The space reductions and consolidations will result in saving $105 million in avoided lease costs. The projects as approved are within amounts included in the relevant appropriations bills.
I have enclosed copies of the resolutions adopted by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on April 30, 2015.
Committee Resolution read as follows:
ALTERATION–CONSOLIDATION ACTIVITIES PROJECTS, VARIOUS BUILDINGS
Resolved by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives, that pursuant to 40 U.S.C. §3307, appropriations are authorized for the reconfiguration and renovation of space within government-owned buildings during fiscal year 2015 to improve space utilization, optimize inventory, and decrease reliance on leased space at a total cost of $70,000,000, a prospectus as amended by the FY2015 Consolidation Activities Expenditure Plan for which is attached to and included in this resolution.
Provided, that an Expenditure Plan for the balance of the authorized amount not reflected in the attached Expenditure Plan be submitted to the Committee prior to the expenditure of any remaining funds.
Provided, that consolidation projects result in reduced annual rent paid by the tenant agency over the term of any occupancy agreements.
Provided, that no consolidation project exceeds $20,000,000 in costs.
Provided further, that preference is given to consolidation projects that achieve an office utilization rate of 130 usable square feet or less per person.
Provided further, that the General Services Administration shall not delegate to any other agency the authority granted by this resolution.
See related video: GSA Leasing Program: Examining Ways to Streamline and Reduce Costs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsEtyY82J6s
See video: GSA Tenant Agencies: Challenges and Opportunities in Reducing Costs of Leased Space https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y8za18fKtI
Source: Congressional Record