Text: H.R.4863 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/19/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4863


To establish a competitive bidding process for the relocation of the headquarters of Executive agencies, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 19, 2018

Mr. Messer introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To establish a competitive bidding process for the relocation of the headquarters of Executive agencies, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Strategic Withdrawal of Agencies for Meaningful Placement Act of 2018” or “SWAMP Act”.

SEC. 2. Relocation of headquarters of Executive agencies.

(a) Repeal of headquarters location requirement.—Section 72 of title 4, United States Code, is repealed.

(b) Prohibition on location of headquarters in Washington metropolitan area.—With respect to an Executive agency whose headquarters is located in the Washington metropolitan area as of the date of the enactment of this Act, no new construction or major renovations may be undertaken, or lease agreements entered into or renewed, for such headquarters after such date of enactment, except as otherwise expressly provided by law.

(c) Competitive bidding process for relocation of headquarters.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of General Services shall establish a process, in accordance with the requirements described in paragraph (2), through which—

(A) the head of an Executive agency may submit a request for the Administrator to issue a solicitation for the relocation of the headquarters of such agency; or

(B) if determined necessary, the Administrator may issue a solicitation for the relocation of the headquarters of an Executive agency.

(2) REQUIREMENTS.—With respect to any solicitation issued for the relocation of the headquarters of an Executive agency pursuant to paragraph (1), the Administrator of General Services shall—

(A) allow any State and any political subdivision of a State to submit a bid for the relocation of such headquarters;

(B) provide the public with notice and an opportunity to comment on such solicitation; and

(C) in consultation with the head of such agency, select a State, or a political subdivision of a State, for the relocation of such headquarters using competitive bidding procedures that consider the following:

(i) The extent to which the relocation of such headquarters would impact the economy and workforce development of a State or political subdivision of a State.

(ii) Whether a State, or a political subdivision of a State, has expertise in carrying out activities substantially similar to the mission and goals of such agency.

(iii) The extent to which the relocation of such headquarters to a State, or a political subdivision of a State, would implicate national security interests.

(d) Rule of construction.—Nothing in this Act may be construed to prohibit a political subdivision of the State of Maryland or the Commonwealth of Virginia that is located outside the Washington metropolitan area from submitting a bid under subsection (c)(2)(A).

(e) Offset allowed.—The Administrator of General Services may use the proceeds from the sale of any Federal building or land to offset the cost of relocating the headquarters of an Executive agency.

(f) No additional funds authorized.—No additional funds are authorized to carry out the requirements of this Act. Such requirements shall be carried out using amounts otherwise authorized.

(g) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) EXECUTIVE AGENCY.—The term “Executive agency” has the meaning given that term in section 105 of title 5, United States Code, except that the term does not include the Executive Office of the President.

(2) HEADQUARTERS.—The term “headquarters” means the place or building serving as the managerial and administrative center of an Executive agency, except that the term does not include an office that the head of any such agency may maintain separately from such place or building in the Washington metropolitan area.

(3) STATE.—The term “State” means each of the 50 States.

(4) WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA.—The term “Washington metropolitan area” means the geographic area located within the boundaries of the following:

(A) The District of Columbia.

(B) Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in the State of Maryland.

(C) Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties and the City of Alexandria in the Commonwealth of Virginia.