A House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee chairman has told the General Service Administration’s Public Buildings Service that the panel will not approve any new GSA leases until the agency provides more information about its leased and owned properties, including those on which GSA loses money.

At a March 10 hearing, subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) criticized GSA, which has many surplus properties. “Given the financial crisis facing our country, we must reduce the amount of money we spend to house federal employees,” he said.

PBS Commissioner Robert Peck said he would provide the data Denham is seeking. GSA’s 2012 budget request includes $840 million for construction and acquisition and $869 million for repairs and alterations.