According to an official estimate, the federal government owns or leases 5,066 restrooms that occupy almost 1.7 million square feet of the government’s 1.9 billion feet of total office space. The government also has in its inventory more than 1,500 prisons, nearly 17,000 warehouses, 766 hospitals, 1,500 prisons, and 2,427 schools. The count was made by the General Services Administration, which released the most complete such report on federal government holdings.
Required by a law that was passed in 2016, the public database provides information on the locations, uses and square footage of nearly every federal facility, office, checkpoint, park, research lab, and communications tower. One of the bill's sponsors, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), sees the report as a way to save taxpayers funds. “Billions of dollars are wasted on unused and unneeded federal property, and this is a major portion of our effort to reduce the federal footprint,” said Denham, the chief sponsor of the 2016 law. “The government hid this information for years, and now the public can see just how much our reforms are needed to save taxpayer dollars.”
The data for 2016 show that civilian federal agencies own or lease more than 308,000 assets. Of those that are labeled, recreational facilities, roads, and bridges, and reclamation projects are the most common.