Facilities/Construction

  • Eight reports to Congress over the last six years have pointed out numerous shortcomings in the Federal Protective Service. The issues include inadequate training and supervision of contract guards, insufficient staff and budget, and security breaches that have allowed bomb-making materials to be smuggled into supposedly secure buildings. Now, lawmakers say enough is enough, and have introduced legislation designed to modernize and reform the FPS, which is responsible for security in 9,000 federal buildings and courthouses.

    September 22, 2010
  • The Army Material Command is moving from Ft. Belvoir to Redstone Arsenal. At least most of it is. We get an update from Kate Kelley, chief of the BRAC office.

    September 22, 2010
  • \'Stop loss\' back pay goes unclaimed

    September 16, 2010
  • The White House releases 56 agency sustainability plans showing how the government will meet an assortment of energy efficiency goals. Federal Environmental Executive Michelle Moore said ideas run the gamut from recycling to computer power management. The administration is hosting the GreenGov Symposium in October to help educate and promote agency goals.

    September 13, 2010
  • DISA\'s Dave Bullock has done the loops and the laps. He tells us what he\'s found.

    September 10, 2010
  • DISA\'s BRAC move includes a huge commute, TRICARE coverage extended to those under 60

    September 10, 2010
  • Ensuring buildings are safe from the ground up.

    September 02, 2010
  • This week, host Jason Miller talks with Diane Herdt about GSA\'s initiative to use technology to improve the energy efficiencies of the buildings the government owns. Aug. 26, 2010

    August 24, 2010
  • DoE set up Energy Savings Performance Contracts with several different companies to work under a share-in-savings approach to reduce agency utility bills. Agencies do not have to pay upfront costs to move electricity or other infrastructure away from fossil fuels. The contracts could help agencies meet the White House\'s carbon footprint and greenhouse goals.

    August 19, 2010
  • A building that runs on almost no energy. It\'s not magic, it\'s called a net zero building -- and the Energy Department can now boast of creating the world\'s largest.

    August 16, 2010
  • CIO\'s office detailed experts to assess the problems, and formulate a plan to improve how Arlington National Cemetery manages and tracks veterans\' records. Lt. Gen. Sorenson says the first thing is to ensure the data is correct. He says the end result could include an online capability to find out where loved ones are buried.

    August 13, 2010
  • Among other issues, the GAO finds Facility Security Committees have operated since 1995 without procedures that outline how they should operate or make decisions, or that establish accountability. Mark Goldstein, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at GAO has more details.

    August 09, 2010
  • Defense officials characterized the realignment of U.S. forces in the Pacific as a strategic move, similar to domestic Base Realignment and Closure moves. We get an update from David Bice, Executive Director of the Joint Guam Program Office.

    August 06, 2010
  • Federal agencies move operations, and people, all the time. Sometimes the reasons are noble: to save taxpayer money, improve operations and for national security. Sometimes they are part of empire-building or please-a-politician reason. Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey\'s column today.

    August 04, 2010