FACT: Uncle Sam could be considered a real estate baron. The federal government owns and leases more than 3 billion square feet of building space and 900,000 structures.
Not every property, however, is a model of efficiency. A federal review in 2009, for example, found more than 45,000 underutilized buildings - including completely vacant properties - that cost the government $1.66 billion to operate that year.
The Obama administration is moving to sell off some of the surplus, predicting sales could bring in $15 billion over three years.
You can see what's currently up for auction at the General Services Administration website: http://realestatesales.gov/gsaauctions/gsaauctions/.
Distributed by MCT Information Services
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