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House lawmaker threatens subpoena over federal property records

Mar. 25, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
The Nome Federal Building, sold in 2012 for $1.68 million, is an example of the kind of property that appears on lists of excess federal real estate.
The Nome Federal Building, sold in 2012 for $1.68 million, is an example of the kind of property that appears on lists of excess federal real estate. (GSA)

The administration may face a subpoena if it is unable to hand over information about its excess real estate, a top lawmaker said in a March 25 letter.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee, said he made the first of repeated requests for data on all federal property valued at $50 million or more that has been deemed excess in 2011 and has been waiting ever since.

Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., the chairman of the oversight subcommittee, co-signed the letter.

“Should OMB continue to ignore the Committee’s requests, we will have no alternative but to consider the use of compulsory process to obtain the requested documents and information,” the letter said.

The letter states the information is critical in informing Congress as it considers legislation to reform the federal property disposal process.

A map on whitehouse.gov shows the locations of about 14,000 federal properties designated as excess.

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