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Bill reported to require BLM surplus land inventory

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Legislation to require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to develop an easily-accessible online inventory of its holdings available for sale before it obtains any new land was reported in the House and readied for a House vote.

The report of the House Committee on Natural Resources on the Land Disposal Transparency and Efficiency Act (H.R. 2095) became available on the congressional website on Wednesday, March 5. It was placed on the Union Calendar for a House vote, though no vote has been scheduled.

In the report, the committee complains that information on BLM land that the agency might be willing to sell is only available in person at local BLM offices.

The report explains “there remains a clear imbalance and inadequate focus on the disposal of federal lands identified for disposal. Freezing BLM's land acquisitions until the public can easily access lands identified for disposal will be a small step toward restoring the balance and promote federal land sales.”

The Congressional Budget Office says BLM could create the database within a year and might have to defer buying some land in the meantime. It predicts the bill would not significantly impact federal revenue.

For background on the legislation, see the stories linked to below.

Read the report at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d113:1:./temp/~bdbDFo:@@@D&summ2=m&|/home/LegislativeData.php|.

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