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On Monday we told you about some of the bizarre things the federal government spends your hard earned tax dollars -- And part two of our weeklong series what to cut correspondent -- with Callaway finds billions in -- real estate.
Much of which is just sitting there.
Until its sale this month to a private developer this government -- steam plant in Washington pricey Georgetown neighborhood sat vacant for ten years.
He was only when the house committee on oversight dragged General Services Administration officials into the musty structure for a hearing last summer that are for sale sign finally went up.
You can't get your job.
-- you have a 124 properties out of 141000 properties this is one property.
That I don't care if it's Republican or Democrat administration it's this administration or previous administrations.
The job is not getting died.
There -- presently between 55 and 77000.
Vacant federal properties.
No precise inventory has been capped selling them off could save taxpayers between three and eight billion dollars a year.
These properties could be you lose first.
Agencies that are now in police building this is a problem that's been identified for years.
And every time someone in the White House says let's sell property but can't get through that process the red tape is simply too much.
For this process.
In 1987 congress passed a law -- -- unused government properties first have to be offered to other federal agencies.
That the state agencies and Indian tribes and as a last resort for use as homeless shelters.
Before they could be put on the market.
We spend about eight million dollars a year spending money maintaining properties that we have no useful that's eight billion dollars is just thrown down the drain.
Because we can't get past.
The homeless lobbied to get a common sense way to take care of their problems and also us to unload.
Properties rather than having the government get the first choice the first choice should be to sell.
Then go back down the line there are plenty of places for homeless shelters many members in congress have not been in business.
But it means they haven't really had to be in the position of running something.
Of making hard decisions of having scarce resources and having to set priorities and say we can afford Avian C.
But the NF maybe now.
Legislation to require the federal government to expedite the sale of under use properties died in the last congress.
He was resurrected this year -- Paul Ryan -- which the senate voted down this month.
But the oversight and Government Reform.
Committee has just passed a game it's bill.
Which I think has a decent chance of getting all the way to the senate.
Even if congress manages to pass a bill to sell excessive federal properties nobody knows how many there are.
And because they're spread throughout the entire government inventory -- is a mammoth undertaking.
But when -- -- save taxpayers as much as fifteen billion dollars over the next five years.
So how much to these empty buildings cost you as a taxpayer go to foxnews.com -- -- the home page to what to cut.
And use the taxpayer calculator to find out John that we can always and I Doug thanks more on the.
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