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A Plan to Hasten the Sale of Surplus Federal Property Gets Bogged Down

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The plan sounded simple enough.The federal government has long owned more real estate than it knows what to do with — buildings that sit empty and sites that are underdeveloped — but it must jump through hoops before it can sell its holdings. So surplus properties languish while taxpayers foot the bill for maintenance.The solution, springing from legislation passed in 2016, was an independent agency that would quickly identify underused properties and expedite their disposal.But nothing has been simple about the Public Buildings Reform Board, as the little-known agency is called.It took three years for the five existing board …

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