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114th Congress    }                                        {     Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session      }                                        {    114-103

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   TO DIRECT THE ADMINISTRATOR OF GENERAL SERVICES, ON BEHALF OF THE 
  ARCHIVIST OF THE UNITED STATES, TO CONVEY CERTAIN FEDERAL PROPERTY 
LOCATED IN THE STATE OF ALASKA TO THE MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

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  May 8, 2015.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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 Mr. Shuster, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 336]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 336) to direct the Administrator of 
General Services, on behalf of the Archivist of the United 
States, to convey certain Federal property located in the State 
of Alaska to the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, having 
considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment 
and recommend that the bill do pass.

                                CONTENTS

                                                                   Page
Purpose of Legislation...........................................     2
Background and Need for Legislation..............................     2
Hearings.........................................................     2
Legislative History and Consideration............................     2
Committee Votes..................................................     2
Committee Oversight Findings.....................................     2
New Budget Authority and Tax Expenditures........................     2
Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate........................     2
Performance Goals and Objectives.................................     3
Advisory of Earmarks.............................................     4
Duplication of Federal Programs..................................     4
Disclosure of Directed Rule Makings..............................     4
Federal Mandate Statement........................................     4
Preemption Clarification.........................................     4
Advisory Committee Statement.....................................     4
Applicability of Legislative Branch..............................     4
Section-by-Section Analysis of Legislation.......................     5
Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported............     5

                         PURPOSE OF LEGISLATION

    H.R. 336 directs the Administrator of General Services, on 
behalf of the Archivist of the United States, to convey certain 
Federal property located in the State of Alaska to the 
Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    H.R. 336 authorizes the General Services Administration 
(GSA) to transfer ownership of nine acres of land located at 
400 East Fortieth Street in Anchorage, Alaska that are 
administered by the National Archives and Records 
Administration to the City of Anchorage for fair market value. 
The National Archives has no need for the property. Sale of 
this property would be consistent with the National Archives' 
efforts to reduce its space footprint and associated costs.

                                HEARINGS

    No hearings were held on H.R. 336.

                 LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND CONSIDERATION

    On January 13, 2015, Representative Don Young (R-AK) 
introduced H.R. 336, a bill to direct the Administrator of 
General Services, on behalf of the Archivist of the United 
States, to convey certain Federal property located in the State 
of Alaska to the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska.
    On April 15, 2015, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure met in open session. The Committee ordered the 
bill reported favorably to the House by voice vote with a 
quorum present.

                            COMMITTEE VOTES

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires each committee report to include the 
total number of votes cast for and against on each record vote 
on a motion to report and on any amendment offered to the 
measure or matter, and the names of those members voting for 
and against. There were no record votes taken in connection 
with consideration of H.R. 336.

                      COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS

    With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(1) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee's oversight findings and recommendations are 
reflected in this report.

               NEW BUDGET AUTHORITY AND TAX EXPENDITURES

    Clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives does not apply where a cost estimate and 
comparison prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974 has been timely submitted prior to the filing of the 
report and is included in the report. Such a cost estimate is 
included in this report.

               CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE

    With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(3) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 
402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has 
received the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 336 from the 
Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                    Washington, DC, April 23, 2015.
Hon. Bill Shuster,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 336, a bill to 
direct the Administrator of the General Services, on behalf of 
the Archivist of the United States, to convey certain Federal 
property located in the State of Alaska to the Municipality of 
Anchorage, Alaska.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Matthew 
Pickford.
            Sincerely,
                                                Keith Hall,
                                                          Director.
    Enclosure.

H.R. 336--A bill to direct the Administrator of the General Services, 
        on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, to convey 
        certain Federal property located in the State of Alaska to the 
        Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska

    H.R. 336 would authorize the General Services 
Administration (GSA), on behalf of the National Archives and 
Records Administration (NARA) to sell certain property in 
Anchorage, Alaska, for its fair market value. Based on 
information from NARA and GSA, CBO expects that the property 
will be sold under current law at some point over the next ten 
years because the agency has closed its operating facilities in 
Alaska. Thus, CBO estimates that enacting this legislation 
would have no significant effect on the federal budget. The 
federal government acquired this undeveloped property in 2005 
for $3.5 million.
    The legislation could accelerate the process of selling the 
property and the collection of sale proceeds (which are 
recorded in the budget as offsetting receipts, certain 
collections that are treated as offsets to direct spending). 
Therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, CBO 
estimates the effect on offsetting receipts over the 2015-2025 
period would be negligible. Enacting the bill would not affect 
revenues.
    H.R. 336 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would benefit the municipality of Anchorage, Alaska. Any costs 
to the municipality resulting from the land conveyance would be 
incurred voluntarily.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Matthew 
Pickford. The estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Assistant 
Director for Budget Analysis.

                    PERFORMANCE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
performance goal and objective of this legislation is to direct 
the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the 
Archivist of the United States, to convey certain Federal 
property located in the State of Alaska to the Municipality of 
Anchorage, Alaska.

                          ADVISORY OF EARMARKS

    Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, the Committee is required to include a list 
of congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited 
tariff benefits as defined in clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of 
rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives. No 
provision in the bill includes an earmark, limited tax benefit, 
or limited tariff benefit under clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of 
rule XXI.

                    DUPLICATION OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS

    Pursuant to section 3(g) of H. Res. 5, 114th Cong. (2015), 
the Committee finds that no provision of H.R. 336 establishes 
or reauthorizes a program of the federal government known to be 
duplicative of another federal program, a program that was 
included in any report from the Government Accountability 
Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-
139, or a program related to a program identified in the most 
recent Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

                  DISCLOSURE OF DIRECTED RULE MAKINGS

    Pursuant to section 3(i) of H. Res. 5, 114th Cong. (2015), 
the Committee finds that enacting H.R. 336 does not direct the 
completion of a specific rule making within the meaning of 
section 551 of title 5, United States Code.

                       FEDERAL MANDATE STATEMENT

    The Committee adopts as its own the estimate of federal 
mandates prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office pursuant to section 423 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform 
Act (Public Law 104-4).

                        PREEMPTION CLARIFICATION

    Section 423 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
requires the report of any Committee on a bill or joint 
resolution to include a statement on the extent to which the 
bill or joint resolution is intended to preempt state, local, 
or tribal law. The Committee states that H.R. 336 does not 
preempt any state, local, or tribal law.

                      ADVISORY COMMITTEE STATEMENT

    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act are created by this 
legislation.

                  APPLICABILITY OF LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

    The Committee finds that the legislation does not relate to 
the terms and conditions of employment or access to public 
services or accommodations within the meaning of section 
102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability Act (Public Law 
104-1).

               SECTION-BY-SECTION ANALYSIS OF LEGISLATION

Section 1. Real property conveyance.

    Section 1(a) directs the Administrator of General Services, 
on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, to convey to 
the city of Anchorage by quitclaim deed all right, title, and 
interest of the United States in the property described in 
subsection (b).
    Section 1(b) describes the property to be conveyed as nine 
acres, including improvements located at 400 East Fortieth 
Street in Anchorage and requires the city to pay for a survey 
to determine the exact acreage and legal description and the 
survey must be satisfactory to the Archivist.
    Section 1(c) requires the city to pay the Archivist an 
amount not less than the fair market value based on an 
appraisal of highest and best use paid for by the city and 
approved by the Archivist. This subsection also authorizes the 
Archivist to allow the city of Anchorage to enter the property 
for pre-construction and construction activities and allows the 
Archivist to require additional terms and conditions on the 
conveyance as the Archivist considers appropriate to protect 
the interests of the United States.
    Section 1(d) defines the ``City'' as the ``Municipality of 
Anchorage, Alaska''.

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    H.R. 336 makes no changes in existing law.

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