Lou Barletta

  • Government property database ‘a win for transparency,’ says GOP lawmaker

    Lawmakers are looking to get their arms around ways to sell or redevelop underused real estate owned by the federal government. But in order to do that, they’ll need to drill down on the General Services Administration’s ongoing catalog of more than 300,000 government-owned assets.

  • GSA’s new Public Building Service commissioner takes on real property, FBI and DHS projects

    Dan Mathews previously worked as the Republican staff director for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.

  • GSA acting administrator pledges help in finding FBI a new home, defends Trump Hotel lease

    General Services Administration acting Administrator Tim Horne told a congressional subcommittee the FBI headquarters project is cancelled, but not completely out of the running. Horne said the Trump Organization is in full compliance when it comes to the Old Post Office lease.

  • FBI headquarters project in danger of repeating past failures?

    Congress warned the General Services Administration must find a good deal, meet financial and security requirements and remain fair when choosing a site to build a new FBI headquarters. Lawmakers say they are not underestimating the importance of FBI consolidation but are looking for more details as GSA finalizes funding and projects its cost savings for the development.

  • Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.)

    A bill in the House aims to reform the way the General Services Administration (GSA) handles real estate. The Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act would realize billions in savings by enabling GSA to better facilitate consolidations, reduce space and negotiate the best possible office space lease deals. It would also bolster security at federal buildings. Re. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) is chairman of the House Subcommittee for Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, and a co-sponsor of the bill. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why such a pilot program was important.

  • Longer leases, improved space utilization key to big savings for GSA

    With half of all federal leases in the D.C. region expiring in the next five years and a “buyers market” in real estate, the federal government faces a huge cost-saving opportunity. A House round table discussion examined how the General Services Administration could take advantage of this “perfect storm”.

  • Feds to feel the squeeze as cubicles and offices shrink

    Federal workers to see as much as 50 percent less cubicle or office space as part of how agencies are reducing office space costs. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) pressed GSA and others on their preparation to more efficiently deal with 100 million square feet of leased space that is scheduled to expire in the next five years.

  • Lawmakers worried DHS losing faith in Federal Protective Service

    The Federal Protective Service will no longer coordinate security at DHS headquarters on Nebraska Avenue in Northwest D.C. according to a May 1 memo from the agency’s chief security officer to the undersecretary for management. The memo was brought to light Wednesday by members of a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee at a hearing on the security of federal buildings. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, cited the DHS memo as a possible sign that “confidence in FPS may be eroding” from within DHS.

  • Rep. Barletta wants new rules for SESers under investigation

    Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) is sponsoring a bill that would impact the federal workforce as well as a bill to restrict the growth of federal real estate. Barletta is the chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

  • GSA, lawmakers favor innovative approach to dispose of federal property

    A roundtable sponsored by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee explored how public-private partnerships could work to get rid of federal property more quickly.