The federal government manages the nation's vastest portfolio of facilities, from office space to warehouses to bridges and utility systems. Just how vast was documented in a National Research Council report calling for new strategies for disposing of excess property and economizing on maintenance costs.
Uncle Sam owns and leases some 429,000 buildings and 482,000 other structures -- many more than a half-century old -- that cost an estimated $47 billion annually to operate.
"The federal government should embark on a coordinated, funded, and sustained effort to dispose of approximately 45,000 excess and underutilized facilities" that cost about $1.6 billion to maintain, the report said. Agencies "have a responsibility to lead by example in operating and maintaining their buildings and structures more sustainably."
A journey of 1,000 miles begins with... more teleworking.