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110th Congress                                            Rept. 110-866
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                      Part 1

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  TO AUTHORIZE THE ADMINISTRATOR OF GENERAL SERVICES TO TAKE CERTAIN 
 ACTIONS WITH RESPECT TO PARCELS OF REAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN EASTLAKE, 
    OHIO, AND KOOCHICHING COUNTY, MINNESOTA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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 September 22, 2008.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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Mr. Oberstar, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 6524]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

  The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 6524) to authorize the 
Administrator of General Services to take certain actions with 
respect to parcels of real property located in Eastlake, Ohio, 
and Koochiching County, Minnesota, and for other purposes, 
having considered the same, report favorably thereon without 
amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

                       PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION

    H.R. 6524 authorizes the Administrator of General Services 
to take certain actions with respect to parcels of real 
property located in Eastlake, Ohio, and Koochiching County, 
Minnesota, and for other purposes.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    H.R. 6524 authorizes the Administrator of General Services 
to release restrictions contained in the deed that conveyed a 
parcel of real property to Eastlake, Ohio, in 1964. The 10.8-
acre site is the site of the John F. Kennedy Senior Center. The 
city of Eastlake will pay the General Services Administration 
(``GSA'') $30,000 as consideration for release of the property 
restrictions.
    H.R. 6524 also authorizes the Administrator of General 
Services to convey a parcel of real property to Koochiching 
County, Minnesota. The 5.8-acre property is located in 
International Falls, Minnesota, and is the former site of the 
Koochiching Army Reserve Training Center. Koochiching County 
will pay GSA $30,000 as consideration for the real property. 
GSA will transfer these funds to the Secretary of the Army. The 
conveyance of the real property is made on the condition that 
the property will be used for a public purpose.

                       SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION

Section 1. Eastlake, Ohio

    Subsection (a) authorizes the Administrator of General 
Services, subject to requirements of this section, to release 
the restrictions contained in the deed which conveyed to the 
City of Eastlake, Ohio, the parcel of real property described 
in subsection (b).
    Pursuant to subsection (b), the parcel of real property is 
the site of the John F. Kennedy Senior Center located at 33505 
Curtis Boulevard, Eastlake, Ohio, on 10.783 acres as conveyed 
by deed from the General Services Administration dated July 20, 
1964, and recorded in the Lake County Ohio Recorder's Office in 
volume 601 at pages 4-47.
    Subsection (c)(1) directs the city of Eastlake to pay the 
Administrator $30,000 as consideration for executing the 
release under subsection (a). Subsection 1(c)(2) directs the 
Administrator to deposit any funds received under paragraph (1) 
into the Federal Buildings Fund established under section 592 
of title 40, United States Code. Subsection (c)(3) authorizes 
use of funds deposited under paragraph (2) for uses described 
in section 592(b) of title 40, United States Code, to the 
extent provided in appropriations Acts. Subsection (c)(4) 
directs the Administrator to execute and file in the 
appropriate office a deed of release, amended deed, or other 
appropriate instrument effectuating the release under 
subsection (a).

Section 2. Koochiching County, Minnesota

    Subsection (a) directs the Administrator of General 
Services to convey to Koochiching County, Minnesota a parcel of 
real property described in subsection (b) and any improvements.
    Pursuant to subsection (b), the parcel of real property 
referred to in subsection (a) is the approximately 5.84 acre 
parcel located at 1804 3rd Ave in International Falls, 
Minnesota.
    The conveyance of real property under subsection (a) shall 
be made through quit claim deed.
    Subsection (d)(1) directs Koochiching County to pay the 
Administrator $30,000 as consideration for the conveyance of 
real property under subsection (a). Subsection (d)(2) directs 
the Administrator to deposit funds received under paragraph 
(1), less expenses of the conveyance, into a special account in 
the Treasury established under section 572(b)(5)(A) of title 
40, United States Code. Subsection (d)(3) provides that funds 
deposited into the special account under paragraph (2) shall be 
available for use by the Secretary of Army in accordance with 
section 572(b)(5)(B) of title 40, United States Code.
    The conveyance of real property under subsection (a) shall 
be made on the condition that the property will revert to the 
United States, at the option of the United States, without any 
obligation for repayment of the purchase price if the property 
ceases to be held in public ownership or ceases to be used for 
a public purpose.
    The conveyance under subsection (a) shall be made subject 
to other terms and conditions as the Administrator considers 
appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.
    The conveyance shall be made not later than 90 days after 
enactment of the Act.

            LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    On July 16, 2008, Representative Steven C. LaTourette 
introduced H.R. 6524.
    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met in 
open session on July 31, 2008, to consider H.R. 6524. The 
Committee ordered the bill reported favorably to the House by 
voice vote with a quorum present.

                              RECORD VOTES

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires each committee report to include the 
total number of votes cast for and against on each record vote 
on a motion to report and on any amendment offered to the 
measure or matter, and the names of those members voting for 
and against. There were no recorded votes taken in connection 
with considering H.R. 6524 or ordering the bill reported. A 
motion to order H.R. 6524 reported favorably to the House was 
agreed to by voice vote with a quorum present.

                      COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS

    With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(1) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee's oversight findings and recommendations are 
reflected in this report.

                          COST OF LEGISLATION

    Clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives does not apply where a cost estimate and 
comparison prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974 has been timely submitted prior to the filing of the 
report and is included in the report. Such a cost estimate is 
included in this report.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII

    1. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(2) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, and 
308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee 
references the report of the Congressional Budget Office 
included in the report.
    2. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
performance goals and objectives of this legislation are to 
authorize the Administrator of General Services to take certain 
actions with respect to parcels of real property located in 
Eastlake, Ohio, and Koochiching County, Minnesota, and for 
other purposes.
    3. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(3) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the 
Committee has received the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 6524 
from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                   Washington, DC, August 14, 2008.
Hon. James L. Oberstar,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
House of Representatives, Washington DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 6524, a bill to 
authorize the Administrator of General Services to take certain 
actions with respect to parcels of real property located in 
Eastlake, Ohio, and Koochiching County, Minnesota, and for 
other purposes.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Matthew 
Pickford.
            Sincerely,
                                         Robert A. Sunshine
                                   (For Peter R. Orszag, Director).
    Enclosure.

H.R. 6524--A bill to authorize the Administrator of General Services to 
        take certain actions with respect to parcels of real property 
        located in Eastlake, Ohio, and Koochiching County, Minnesota, 
        and for other purposes

    H.R. 6524 would direct the General Services Administration 
(GSA) to convey two properties to local governmental entities 
under certain conditions. Under this legislation, GSA would be 
required to release existing restrictions on a deed to about 11 
acres of land in Eastlake, Ohio, in exchange for a payment of 
$30,000 by Lake County. Similarly, the bill would direct GSA to 
convey roughly 6 acres to Koochiching County, Minnesota, for 
$30,000. Proceeds from each of those conveyances could be spent 
by GSA and the Department of Defense (DoD), respectively, 
subject to appropriation.
    CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 6524 would have a 
negligible impact on the federal budget. The two conveyances 
would generate offsetting receipts of $60,000, but DoD has 
permanent authority to spend its share of such proceeds under 
existing appropriation acts. Thus, CBO estimates that enacting 
the bill would reduce net direct spending by $30,000. According 
to GSA, neither property currently generates any offsetting 
receipts. Enacting this bill would not affect revenues.
    H.R. 6524 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.
    The CBO staff contacts for this estimate are Matthew 
Pickford (for GSA costs) and David Newman (for DoD costs). This 
estimate was approved by Peter H. Fontaine, Assistant Director 
for Budget Analysis.

                     COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XXI

    Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, H.R. 6524 does not contain any 
congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff 
benefits as defined in clause 9(d), 9(e), or 9(f) of rule XXI 
of the Rules of the House of Representatives.

                   CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT

    Pursuant to clause (3)(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, committee reports on a bill or 
joint resolution of a public character shall include a 
statement citing the specific powers granted to the Congress in 
the Constitution to enact the measure. The Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure finds that Congress has the 
authority to enact this measure pursuant to its powers granted 
under article I, section 8 of the Constitution.

                       FEDERAL MANDATES STATEMENT

    The Committee adopts as its own the estimate of Federal 
mandates prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office pursuant to section 423 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform 
Act (Public Law 104-4).

                        PREEMPTION CLARIFICATION

    Section 423 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
requires the report of any Committee on a bill or joint 
resolution to include a statement on the extent to which the 
bill or joint resolution is intended to preempt State, local, 
or tribal law. The Committee states that H.R. 6524 does not 
preempt any State, local, or tribal law.

                      ADVISORY COMMITTEE STATEMENT

    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act are created by this 
legislation.

                APPLICABILITY TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

    The Committee finds that the legislation does not relate to 
the terms and conditions of employment or access to public 
services or accommodations within the meaning of section 
102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability Act (Public Law 
104-1).

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    H.R. 6524 makes no changes in existing law.