2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:48:07 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Federal asset sales
[Selling un-needed federal civilian property would be a good thing, like base closure, but as with base closure there needs to be a reality check as to the difficulty and complexity of carrying it out. - LS]

Cash-Short, U.S. Weighs Asset Sales

New York Times
September 29, 2011

WASHINGTON - Like Americans trying to raise quick cash by unloading their unwanted goods, the federal government is considering a novel way to reduce the deficit: holding the equivalent of a garage sale.

Deep within President Obama's proposals to raise revenue and reduce the deficit lies a method that has garnered bipartisan support, something rare in Washington these days. It involves selling an island, courthouses, maybe an airstrip, generally idle or underused vehicles, roads, buildings, land - even the airwaves used to broadcast television.

Among the listings: Plum Island, N.Y., off the North Fork of Long Island, which the government has already begun marketing as 840 acres of "sandy shoreline, beautiful views and a harbor." As former home to the federal Animal Disease Center, it may need a bit of "biohazard remediation," making it a real fixer-upper.


For the entire article, see
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/30/business/washington-considers-sale- of-spare-properties-to-raise-revenue.html?_r=1


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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