House subcommittee to probe building fund crisis


The House panel that oversees public buildings will convene tomorrow afternoon to examine whether the General Services Administration has enough money to properly manage and maintain federal buildings.

The hearing, entitled “Capital Asset Crisis: Maintaining Federal Real Estate with the Dwindling Federal Building Fund,” follows up on a November interview I had with Bob Peck, commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service. In the interview, Peck acknowledged that GSA would be unable to pay for major building repairs or upgrades within six years because of shortfalls in the fund.

A summary briefing on the hearing, issued today by the House panel, cites my interview along with related reports by the Government Accountability Office.

Peck is scheduled to testify at the hearing, which will be held before the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on economic development, public buildings and emergency management.

The hearing begins at 2 p.m. in room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building, and it will be streamed live on the web for those unable to attend.


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