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Federal Bricks, Mortar --- And Marble --- Cost Money

June 6, 2000

Big government costs money. Aside from the impact of regulations and the salaries of armies of federal workers, maintaining federal buildings also costs taxpayers a boodle.

  • Some 903 federal buildings out of 1,682 managed by the General Services Administration need $4 billion worth of repairs or renovations, according to a report by the General Accounting Office.
  • Sixteen of the 44 buildings with the greatest repair needs are located in the Washington D.C. area.
  • The Old Executive Building -- only occasionally known by its official title, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building -- located next to the White House and the home of the vice president's ceremonial office and the First Lady's staff, tops the list of buildings in need of the most costly repairs at $186.7 million.

Other Washington office buildings needing repairs include the South Agriculture Department building at $183.5 million, and the Commerce Department headquarters at $137 million.

Source: Jackie Spinner, "Federal Building Repair Tab: $4 Billion," Washington Post, May 23, 2000; Bernard L. Ungar, "Federal Buildings: Billions Are Needed For Repairs and Alterations," GAO/T-GGD-0073, April 11, 2000, General Accounting Office, Washington, D.C.

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