CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, June 1, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 336, a bill to direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, to convey certain Federal property located in the State of Alaska to the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 336 was introduced on January 13, 2015, by Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote on April 15, 2015.
H.R. 336 directs the Administrator of the General Service Administration, on behalf of the Archivist of the National Archives, to convey approximately nine acres of Federal land to the municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, for at least the fair market value of the property. The bill requires the Administrator to sell the land to the City as soon as practical after the bill is enacted and a survey and appraisal, paid for by the City, is conducted. The land and improvements in question are currently administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, but is no longer being used.
The National Archives and Records Administration permanently closed an operating facility located on the land in question on June 21, 2014. Sale of this property is considered by the Committee to be consistent with the National Archives’ efforts to reduce its space footprint and associated costs.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that enacting this legislation would have no significant effect on the federal budget. The legislation could accelerate the process of selling the property and the collection of sale proceeds (which are recorded in the budget as offsetting receipts, certain collections that are treated as offsets to direct spending). Therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, CBO estimates the effect on offsetting receipts over the 2015-2025 period would be negligible.
For questions or further information please contact John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.