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Maryland lawmaker questions GSA leasing

A Maryland lawmaker is questioning how the General Services Administration selects facilities to lease for federal agencies, suggesting the government's primary landlord has bypassed commercial high-rise office space in Prince George's County in favor of locations in the District and Northern Virginia, The Post's Federal Eye reports.

County officials believe their communities have missed out on the residential and retail development enjoyed by Ballston and Clarendon in Arlington County or the District's NoMa corridor as thousands of federal workers move into new high-rise buildings and spend thousands of dollars each year at nearby bars, restaurants, dry cleaners and clothing stores.

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) raised concerns with two recent GSA solicitations seeking office space for the departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security at a House subcommittee hearing late last week. (Watch her exchange with GSA's Samuel Morris above.) Changes made to the original solicitations regarding ceiling heights and zoning restrictions made it impossible for Prince George's locations to compete for the leases, Edwards said.

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By Washington Post Editors  |  May 27, 2010; 9:25 AM ET
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