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Congressman Tim Ryan Introduces Legislation to Decentralize the Federal Government

March 13, 2019
Press Release
Moving federal jobs to the heartland

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today introduced the Federal Government Decentralization Commission Act. This legislation would establish a commission under the General Services Administration (GSA), headed by the Administrator of the GSA and 10 other members that would study the relocation of select executive agencies or divisions of agencies outside the Washington metropolitan area. The Commission would identify new potential locations that are in economically distressed areas, or areas with expertise in the mission and goal of the agency. The commission will take into account national security implications and will be required to produce an economic and workforce development study on how the relocation will impact the new location. To view the text of the bill, click here.

“The Founding Fathers could not have imagined our current federal government system, with more than 300,000 federal workers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area in 190 federally-owned buildings and 500 leased buildings. Of course our country should be proud of our capital city and the role it plays in our history and the running of the federal government. But our government belongs to all Americans, and communities across the United States should be able to benefit from the economic boost these employment centers bring, especially for economically distressed places in the heartland. The technology available to us today allows for seamless communication and collaboration regardless of geographic location. This is already allowing a web of federal offices and agencies across the U.S., such as the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, to perform their work without being inside the Washington Beltway. This is a commonsense way to help cities like Youngstown, Detroit, and Gary, Indiana share in the economic development that comes from housing federal government agencies,” said Congressman Ryan.