GSA’s Public Buildings Service has responded to the emerging needs of tenant agencies, and has taken steps to prepare for a gradual influx of employees at the federal buildings it manages.
The General Services Administration is loaning out Norman Dong, commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS), to the private sector. Dong’s departure leaves a vacancy in GSA’s top leadership, as the agency works to plan a new FBI headquarters and answer questions regarding conflicts of interest around the Trump International Hotel.
The General Services Administration honored 18 federal building projects at the 2016 Design Awards. Winners were recognized for their commitment to architecture, conservation, engineering and their impacts on the community.
Congress warned the General Services Administration must find a good deal, meet financial and security requirements and remain fair when choosing a site to build a new FBI headquarters. Lawmakers say they are not underestimating the importance of FBI consolidation but are looking for more details as GSA finalizes funding and projects its cost savings for the development.
The Obama administration admits the government doesn’t need all of the 2.8 billion square feet of property it owns and leases worldwide. But it’s struggled to identify the property it can safely shed. New tools out this summer could provide a breakthrough.
When Dan Tangherlini took over as the General Services Administration administrator in 2012, it was embroiled in the aftermath of the conference scandal. Stepping down after three years later, he reflects on how the agency has transformed itself.
Commissioner Norman Dong sees the Public Buildings Services’ role as helping other agencies cut administrative costs and creating more collaborative places to work.
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.
The General Services Administration needs to step up its leadership to take advantage of cost-saving real estate opportunities, according to House members participating in a recent round table discussion.
In our special report, Shared Services Revisited, OMB still must solve long-standing challenges to ensure federal providers are capable of bringing on large, cabinet level agencies. The role of the private sector is leaving some vendors unhappy, but officials say history shows their success rate with financial management system implementation to be poor.