Facilities/Construction

  • Obama commits to $2B in energy upgrades to federal buildings

    Agencies must look for projects to enter into Energy Savings Performance Contracts over the next two years. The effort will cost the government no upfront money. The contractors pay for the energy efficiencies and get paid by the utility savings the department receives. The Army, the Air Force and GSA already are using these contracts.

  • Moran’s objections to BRAC move confirmed in new DoD IG report

    Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) had objected the move that he said would further exacerbate traffic in the area. Now the Army’s inspector general is issuing a report this week concluding the Army used flawed traffic data to make its case for locating workers to the current location along Interstate 395.

  • Army to meet renewable energy goals through predictability

    The Energy Initiatives Task Force held its first industry day to explain how it wants to get green energy projects built on installations. The Army must receive 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The task force will develop an acquisition strategy and a new multiple-award contract over the next year.

  • GSA guide to ensure electronics are green to the end

    The government’s new strategy on electronic stewardship said no federal electronics should end up in a landfill. Agencies should make sure their computers, monitors and other equipment is reused whenever possible and eventually recycled by a certified company. The Government Services Administration will publish guidance in February.

  • DISA headquarters earns LEED Gold

    The complex in Ft. Meade, Md., received the second-highest environmental building certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

  • Public Buildings Service takes up Net Zero Challenge

    Bob Peck, commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service, says his agency is leading by example in energy efficiency.

  • Talking BRAC

    Raj Kuchadkar, Deputy Director of the Howard County BRAC Office and the Base Business Initiative (BBI) program joins host Mark Amtower to talk about the BBI program as it enters Phase 3. October 31, 2011(Encore presentation November 7, 2011)

  • New Energy program helps agencies meet efficiency goals

    Tim Unruh, program manager at the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program, shared tips on how agencies can become more energy efficient.

  • Mixed progress on varied goals in agency sustainability score cards

    The Obama administration announced the release of the second annual sustainability performance plan for federal agencies at the annual Green Gov Symposium.

  • GSA makes progress on greening the fleet

    Michael Robertson, GSA’s chief of staff, provided an update on the agency’s continuing green and clean energy efforts.

  • DoD seeks energy ‘nirvana’ in priorities

    Dorothy Robyn, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, said DoD is taking the lead in helping clean energy companies clear the commercialization hurdle.

  • Geopolitical issues facing the United States

    STRATFOR Vice President of Intelligence Fred Burton joins host Derrick Dortch on today’s show. October 28, 2011

  • Air Force to consume — not pay for the development of — biofuels

    The Air Force wants to fulfill half of its U.S.-based jet fuel needs with alternative fuels by 2016 and expects to be ready for that target ahead of time. But, with the view that it is a consumer, not a producer of energy, the service says it doesn’t intend to play a direct role in helping to develop biofuel technologies.

  • ELC: News and Notes

    OPM developing competency models for performance improvement officers and chief operating officers as part of its requirements under the GPRA Modernization Act. DHS moves to agile development to fix the HSIN program. NIST to update HSPD-12 card requirements to meet mobile needs.