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FLAIR Act introduced in U.S. House

Thursday, July 23, 2015   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Burk Cornelius
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A bi-partisan bill to create a current, accurate Federal inventory or "cadastre" of all Federal real property was introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives. The "Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act of 2015", H.R. 3121, was introduced on July 21 by Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND). Since 2003, and as recently as February 2015, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has repeatedly designated 'Managing Federal Real Property' one of the high-risk areas within the Federal government most prone to waste, fraud and abuse. One of the reasons cited by the GAO is the fact that the government does not have a current, accurate inventory of the land it owns. A national cadastre has also been recommended by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, and the FLAIR Act has been endorsed by its Committee on Land Parcel Databases. The FLAIR Act will provide all agencies owning Federal real property an improved accounting of their land assets. The bill will also conduct an inventory of existing inventories to eliminate duplicate or obsolete activities, and save tax dollars. Such a consolidated system will assist in improved Federal land management, resource conservation, environmental protection and utilization of real property, as well as identify property the Federal government no longer needs to own. NSPS members promoted the FLAIR Act in Congress during the National Surveying and Mapping Conference hosted jointly with MAPPS during April 15. Representatives Mark Amodei (R-NV), Alan Grayson (D-FL), and David Price (D-NC) are also cosponsors. S. 1225, the Senate companion to this legislation, was introduced in May by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and was referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which Senator Murkowski chairs.

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Jack D. Ramsey says...
Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Is it just me or does the FLAIR ACT address a problem that does not exist and may have unforeseen ramifications

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