The General Services Administration (GSA) that oversees most federal buildings and properties (not postal or military) has been under investigation by Congressman Mica. That investigation revealed the GSA funded outrageous Las Vegas Convention expenditures and a variety of other questionable spending.
As Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Congressman Mica conducted one of the first hearings at a cold, vacant federal building two blocks from the White House. This hearing highlighted the fact the GSA has 14,000 properties either vacant or under-used. During the past year, this inquiry has forced the GSA to take action to turn this property—now costing taxpayers more than $6 million a year—into revenue producing assets for taxpayers. Over a thousand workers will now be employed, in addition to reducing the waste of billions of dollars on vacant structures. These investigations have called a halt to much of this irresponsible behavior and continue to root out waste at that agency.
He has also led the GSA investigation into the wasteful 2010 Las Vegas government conference and plans to investigate the deals cut for GSA Public Buildings, and has demanded that Commissioner Jeffrey Neely step down.
Congressman Mica was successful in having legislation recently signed into law requiring significant reforms at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) operations across the nation. Unfortunately, in less than a decade, the TSA’s bureaucracy has mushroomed into 14,000 federally funded administrative positions. More than 4,000 of those administrative personnel are located in Washington, earning an average of $104,000 per year. Most of the TSA bureaucracy oversees the massive screening operations of our transportation systems. The new law requires TSA adopt private sector partnerships so that the agency can set standards, conduct performance audits and focus on security rather than the administration of a huge workforce.
Congressman Mica successfully fought the EPA by authoring and passing HR 2018 which prevented them from implementing costly, unnecessary measures that would dramatically drive-up water bills and force unreasonable expenditures for local communities, without resulting benefits.