Headquartered in Boston, the General Services Administration’s New England Region supports federal workers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Region 1 has handled the transactions on 111 historic lights under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Program. Forty-five lights located offshore were sold by Region 1 on its auction website, generating over $5 million in proceeds — which are given to the Coast Guard for use by its Aids to Navigation Teams, according to GSA. A majority of the lights conveyed remain active beacons after the historic structures are conveyed to the new owners. The region also encompasses 606 miles of the U.S.-Canada border.
“While my time in the region is just beginning, I talked with several key members of the team, who highlighted some of the changes that have occurred within the region. First, and probably the biggest change, is that Region 1 became its own region. Up until the [mid- to late 1970s], New England was part of what is now Region 2, covered out of New York.
“For the Public Building Service over the years, Region 1 progressed from doing everything in-house to leveraging the expertise of the private sector and its technology to transform how we build, lease, and manage facilities.
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“Additionally, the biggest change for the Federal Acquisition Service over the years is that the region has evolved from providing product-based solutions such as office supplies and laptops to providing more comprehensive service-based solutions in the areas of Professional Services and Information Technology for the Department of Defense and Civilian agencies.
“Finally, our Regional Office of Small Business Utilization has evolved from a regional staff function to a national program, supporting GSA’s and it’s federal agency partners’ efforts to meet or exceed federally mandated small business program goals.”
Nicholas Capaldi, a fleet operations manager, and Ronald Tyler, a program support assistant for the Public Building Service, each have 38 years of experience at GSA.
See a selection of buildings managed by Region 1