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11:01 pm, March 29, 2015

Federal Buildings

Data at the heart of OMB's latest office space reduction goals

Over the last two years, agencies have done a better job collecting information about their real property holdings. The Office of Management and Budget hopes that now can lead the government to better decision making. But Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation to add "more teeth" to the government's property disposal process.

Thursday - 03/26/2015, 03:51pm EDT
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OMB targets further federal office space reductions

David Mader, the controller of the Office of Management and Budget, will issue a memo today requiring agencies to set an annual square foot reduction target and to adopt space design standards for future office space. The Reduce the Footprint memo builds on the 2013 Freeze the Footprint policy that saw a reduction of more than 20 million square feet of office space.

Wednesday - 03/25/2015, 06:00am EDT
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FBI land swap concerns dominate GSA budget hearing

The plan to swap the FBI's current building in downtown Washington for an as-yet-unnamed site in the metro region is causing consternation on Capitol Hill. Some members used a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing to share their concerns with GSA's new leader, Denise Turner Roth.

Tuesday - 03/17/2015, 05:35pm EDT

Why BRAC is good news for VA, but bad news for DoD and the Postal Service

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald seems to be closing the deal several secretaries of Defense and at least one postmaster general couldn't, says Federal News Radio's Francis Rose in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 03/10/2015, 02:07am EDT

Acting administrator says GSA 'stronger than ever before'

Acting Administrator Denise Turner Roth wants to build on the past successes of the General Services Administration. This includes a new Total Workforce Initiative to grow talent development at the GS-7 through GS-11 levels.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 04:32pm EST
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NIH plans massive overhaul of Bethesda campus

The National Institutes of Health has big plans for its Bethesda Campus 500 pages of plans, to be specific. The plan includes everything from replacing buildings to clearing traffic congestion to changing landscaping.

Wednesday - 02/25/2015, 11:25am EST
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Mark Goldstein, Physical Infrastructure Issues Director, GAO

The Homeland Security Department is falling short on securing federal buildings from cyber attack. Your office may be vulnerable to attacks that would keep you from getting in or out, or could make the climate in the building unbearable. It may even encounter other problems that could impact the ability of your agency to meet its mission. Mark Goldstein is director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the Government Accountability Office. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said building security is far more complicated than it used to be.

Monday - 01/19/2015, 04:40pm EST
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Public Buildings commissioner wants to help agencies consolidate, modernize workspace

Commissioner Norman Dong sees the Public Buildings Services' role as helping other agencies cut administrative costs and creating more collaborative places to work.

Wednesday - 11/19/2014, 05:19pm EST

David Wise, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

The three biggest landlords in the federal government don't know how much federal agencies are actually using their own property. The Government Accountability Office reports one thinks almost all of its warehouses are in use, when in reality some of them are sitting empty and forgotten. David Wise is Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the GAO. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the latest results in the ongoing effort to rightsize the federal real property portfolio.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 04:17pm EST
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Increasing building security may be a problem for FPS, GAO says

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said he wants to increase security at federal buildings. But the FPS, the agency responsible for doing so, may not be up to the task. GAO's Mark Goldstein said the FPS has a number of long-standing problems to solve before it can adequately protect anyone.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 02:46pm EST
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Mark Goldstein, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO

After a gunman opened fire at Canada's National War Memorial and Parliament, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he wants to beef up security at federal buildings. But as Mark Goldstein, GAO's director of physical infrastructure issues, explained on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, more security means a greater workload for the Federal Protective Service. Reports from the Government Accountability Office show the small agency isn't always prepared for new threats.

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 08:36am EST
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US to increase security at some federal buildings

US to increase security at various federal buildings; move announced after Canada attack

Wednesday - 10/29/2014, 12:48pm EDT

Lots of loot for the taking in GSA's open-floor headquarters

Thieves would like GSA's new open-floor design, the inspector general finds.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 11:35am EDT
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GSA awards DHS headquarters contract to Grunley, Shalom Baranes

Phase two of the Department of Homeland Security's $4.5 billion renovation project at St. Elizabeths is moving forward. The General Services Administration on Tuesday awarded two construction companies with a contract that will help consolidate the agency's office space.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 10:27am EDT

Ken Sandler, Sustainability and Green Building Advisor, GSA

The Army needs big solutions if it wants to generate as much energy as it consumes by 2020. It's using the Fort Carson Army base in Colorado Springs as a testing ground for the Net-Zero Energy Initiative. The General Services Administration identifies four ideas that could help Fort Carson reach big energy breakthroughs. It's also partnering with the Army and Energy Department to measure Fort Carson's progress so far. Ken Sandler is the sustainability and green building advisor within the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings at GSA. He told In Depth with Francis Rose what Fort Carson has done so far.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:15pm EDT
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Lawmakers debate future of DHS headquarters project

House Homeland Security Committee lawmakers and GAO highlighted funding shortfalls and a need to update plans. Meanwhile, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs majority issued a report detailing why its research shows Congress should make the DHS headquarters consolidation project a priority.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 05:03am EDT

GAO: More detail needed from GSA on swap-construct exchanges

If the General Services Administration wants to swap its underutilized assets for private sector properties, it needs to provide more detailed information to potential responders, says a new Government Accountability Office report.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 04:13pm EDT

Feds to feel the squeeze as cubicles and offices shrink

Federal workers to see as much as 50 percent less cubicle or office space as part of how agencies are reducing office space costs. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) pressed GSA and others on their preparation to more efficiently deal with 100 million square feet of leased space that is scheduled to expire in the next five years.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 04:28am EDT
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FBI narrows down final locations for new headquarters

The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations wants to know how agencies plan to dispose of and consolidate more than 7,000 federal properties worth $350 billion. On the same day, the FBI announced the finalists for the site of its consolidated relocation.

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 06:21pm EDT

Navy Yard employees to return to Building 197 in February

Commander says workers to begin returning in February to Navy Yard building where 12 slain

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 11:00am EDT
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