Legislation has been introduced in the Senate (S-1926) to create a “federal capital revolving fund” which would spread the cost of major federal building projects over up to 15 years, addressing what sponsors call a bias in favor of more expensive leasing because of current budgeting procedures.
“Over the long-term, it is often less expensive for the federal government to construct or purchase a building rather than leasing it. However, since budget scorekeeping rules charge the purchase price as a lump sum within a single year, Congress and federal agencies sometimes opt for leases that spread a higher overall cost over many years,” says a summary.
It adds that a similar approach was suggested in budget proposals from the Trump administration and in the Biden administration’s infrastructure proposal.
Also introduced was S-1934, to “provide resources and accountability for agencies to implement and improve their customer experience and support collaboration across agencies.”
The bill would set public communication standards that require agencies to include human-level context, interactivity, and modern design; create a government-wide chief customer experience officer and an advisory commission on participation in government and civic debate; and order a GAO report on efforts to improve customer experience and trust in government.