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Land Acquisition Section

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About the Section

ENRD’s Land Acquisition Section (LAS) plays a unique, specialized, and essential role in supporting federal programs by enabling the government to acquire private property for public purposes while ensuring that it satisfies the Constitutional mandate that landowners be fairly compensated. LAS brings all affirmative condemnation actions on behalf of the United States, conducts title work, promulgates the Attorney General’s Title Standards for all land acquired by every federal agency, and provides appraisal valuation services. LAS regularly engages on these areas of expertise with dozens of federal client agencies at the highest levels through complex litigation, real estate, title, and valuation matters totaling many billions of dollars in value. The Section provides client-agencies with both training and early consultation during the planning process for major federal acquisition projects to ensure the success of those projects. These efforts have borne fruit in improving the government’s position in a number of high-profile matters, that include border security and infrastructure work, military training facilities, construction of transmission line projects, expansion of national parks, forests and environmental buffer lands, developing veterans facilities like hospitals and cemeteries, rebuilding the strategic petroleum reserve, and protecting the General Services Administration leasehold portfolio.

Meet the Section Chief


Andrew M. Goldfrank
Section Chief

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What We Do
  • Acquire land through condemnation proceedings for use by the federal government.
  • Promulgate and update the Attorney General's Title Standards for land acquired by all federal agencies.
  • Conduct title work on behalf of agencies acquiring land.
  • Provide appraisal valuation services in support of all government programs.
  • Periodically update the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisition.
  • Provide training and early consultation on condemnation, title and valuation in the planning process for major federal acquisitions.