Ways to attack hunger and poverty, explore the foods of the past and have an amazing cocktail while doing it.
The Mayflower still sets the standard for hotels in D.C. and it’s time to start enjoying cherry blossom-themed cocktails again. Plus, Samantha Brown is comin’ to town.
The FBI headquarters and Labor Department headquarters are just two exchange projects recently derailed. Auditors at the General Services Administration say the agency’s Public Building Service must address several issues with the exchange program if it wants projects like those to be beneficial to the government and taxpayers.
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.
With half of all federal leases in the D.C. region expiring in the next five years and a “buyers market” in real estate, the federal government faces a huge cost-saving opportunity. A House round table discussion examined how the General Services Administration could take advantage of this “perfect storm”.
The White House wants agencies to double their use of renewable energy. Agencies have until 2016 to come up with $2 billion in energy savings performance contracts above and beyond what they’ve already committed to. Dorothy Robyn is the former commissioner of the Public Buildings Service at the General Services Administration. She joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what agencies can do to take on this new push.
The General Services Administration is undertaking renovations of federally-owned buildings across the country. The modernized structures will save money, in part by reducing energy and water consumption. Locally, the agency has completed a makeover of the Parklawn Building in Rockville, Maryland. The once homely behemoth has gotten more than a face-lift. Victoria Hartke, director of the Office of Leasing at the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service, spoke about the renovation with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive.
In a letter to Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini, a bipartisan group of senators called for an evaluation of the structure of GSA’s Public Buildings Service, tying it to the wasteful spending of the Las Vegas scandal.
Inspector General Brian Miller testified Monday that GSA’s Region 9 remains under further investigation for potential bribery and kickbacks. Martha Johnson, the former chief of the General Services Administration, was hammered by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee over what she knew about a 2010 Las Vegas conference and when she knew it. Johnson resigned her post after an inspector general report detailed excessive spending at the $822,000 event.
Bob Peck, commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service, says his agency is leading by example in energy efficiency.