UPDATE: 7/24/2012 4:00PM
The General Services Administration issued this statement in response to our I-Team investigation.
After years leasing office space at the Trinity Building near I-410 and Babcock, the Hearings and Appeals Social Security Agency Office is moving into a new building off of San Pedro near US 281.
A spokesperson with Social Security Agency said it’s adding two more judges and 24 staff members to the office so it needs more space. The federal offical added more room was the only reason for moving.
The new building is 32,369 square feet - slightly more than 2,000 more square feet than the old building.
However, the couple thousand square feet extra is costing tax payers more than a half million dollars more per year.
Rent at the old building was $500,249 for the year, while rent at the new location is $1,062,089.
"This is clearly a waste of tax payers dollars," said Michael Shackelford with Magi Real Estate.
Magi Rest Estate owns the office building the Social Security Agency is moving out of.
Along with the added monthly rent cost, the federal government is spending $1.7 million to renovate the building.
"I really think there are other efforts, other people pushing them to move,” speculated Shackelford.
The lease agreement for the new building is handled the federal agency, General Service Administration (GSA).
The KENS 5 I-Team contact the GSA and asked if the federal agency considered the move worth doubling the rent.
A spokesperson for the GSA regional office said the issuing is being research.