Earlier this week, a listing entitled "Parking Spaces at Democracy Blvd." appeared on the Federal Business Opportunities website. The contract was awarded on February 19th before the sequester took effect, but the timing could still prove embarrassing for the Obama administration. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the five-year lease for 1,076 parking spaces in Bethesda, MD, for National Institutes of Health (NIH) employees at a cost of almost $6 million. This breaks down to $1,115 per space per year. The facilities are located at One Democracy Plaza and Two Democracy Plaza in Bethesda, pictured here:
The cost of $93 per space per month is at the high end of the comparisons provided in the market research section of the justification document for the contract, but since the parking lots are on the property where the NIH offices are located, HHS had little choice. The leases are a continuation of leases acquired by the government's General Services Administration.
This story first appeared at The Weekly Standard.