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***A bill from Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) would require agencies to conduct cost-benefit analyses before being allowed to relocate if it is passed into law. The bill has support from federal sector advocacy groups such as the Union of Concerned Scientists, Project on Government Oversight, and the American Federation of Government Employees.

The Conducting Oversight to Secure Transparency of Relocating Act would require agencies to conduct and make public their findings according to "best practices" that would include analyzing data such as costs of rent and personnel, and the impacts of potential loss of knowledgeable veteran staffers and "short- and long-term impacts on the ability of the agency to carry out its mission." Agency Inspectors General would be able to review the reports before they're made public.

The bill comes after several agencies such as the Agriculture Department relocated the Economic Research Institute and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to Kansas City and the Bureau of Land Management relocated its headquarters to Grand Junction, Colo.

Posted on Jul 02, 2020 at 2:29 AM


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