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Federal Real Property: Measuring Actual Office Space Costs Would Provide More Accurate Information

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United States Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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The governments RTF policy has intensified federal efforts to reduce office space and save money since 2015. GSA and OMB report key cost performance measures but questions exist about how well these measures reflect agencies efforts. GAO was asked to review how federal real property costs have changed since 2015. This report examines 1 the extent to which performance measures reflect changes in civilian CFO Act agencies office space costs and 2 how selected agencies considered cost in their office space decisions. To conduct this work, GAO analyzed federal data on office space square footage and cost changes for the 23 civilian CFO Act agencies from fiscal years 2015 through 2018, and reviewed GSAs and OMBs calculations for cost performance measures. GAO selected five agencies and 13 of their office space projects as non-generalizable case studies based on several factors, including those with larger space and cost changes. GAO reviewed the selected agencies policies and project documentation, and interviewed agency officials.

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