MARCH 30, 2010
In a perplexing case of government waste, hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to maintain dilapidated empty buildings throughout the nation, including prime capitol-area real estate that’s been vacant for nearly a decade.
The deserted and often hazardous government-owned structures sit mostly uninhabited throughout the country, including
Among the decaying buildings is a huge, taxpayer-owned structure in the heart of
Most of the buildings are under the supervision of the General Services Administration, which is responsible for managing and preserving government buildings and leasing commercial real estate. The agency promotes itself as a prime example of excellence in the business of government and claims its policies promote efficient government operations.
Its inefficiency is nothing new however, and has been documented in various government audits in recent years. In fact, the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, published a scathing report a few years ago detailing the exorbitant cost maintaining 927 vacant or underutilized properties throughout the country. The facilities, according to the GAO report, represented about 32.1 million square feet and ranged from office buildings to hospitals and post offices.
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