David L. Winstead, Ballard Spahr of counsel and former Commissioner of Public Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration, was a guest on Capital Insider, which airs on NewsChannel 8 and focuses on federal government departments and agencies. Mr. Winstead discussed the proposed House resolution to consolidate and sell civilian federal buildings in order to pay down the deficit. The structure of H.R. 1734, known as the Civilian Property Realignment Act, mirrors that of the Base Realignment and Closure process (BRAC), which closes excess military installations.

The bill proposes a review process to evaluate the performance of federal real estate and determine which properties are necessary and profitable. The Office of Management and Budget, with GSA support, estimates that 14,000 properties across the federal government could be deemed surplus and sold or redeveloped, generating up to $15 billion. The bill will continue to be considered over the next few months.