Rep. Ted Budd Highlights Government Waste in Unused Federal Property
Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) announced this week’s edition of Budd’s Budget Busters, which highlights and exposes examples of federal government waste and proposes solutions to save taxpayer dollars.
The federal government owns about 267,000 buildings in America covering 1.9 billion square feet of office space. A 2017 Congressional Research Service Report report found, “3,120 buildings that were vacant, and another 7,859 that were partially empty.” Also in 2017, the General Services Administration itemized the types of assets held by the Feds, including 5,066 bathrooms, 16,570 parking lots and garages, almost 17,000 warehouses, and more.
If our government were able to sell off unused property, taxpayers could save $15 billion over five years.
Rep. Budd said in a statement:
“Nothing should be more frustrating to a taxpayer than to see their hard-earned dollars pay to lease vacant buildings that the federal government has no intention of ever using. This is a prime example of what happens when federal agencies are not held accountable for failing to use basic best practices from the private sector. That’s why I’m planning to introduce legislation to force agencies to either use their property or let taxpayers off the hook.”