How to save money: Stop GSA in its tracks or demand accountability for what they are doing?
It seems like everytime I turn around there is a GSA building under development. This is the agency that likes to throw big parties with American taxpayers’ money. No matter which party’s administration is in charge, the GSA appears to be rogue. What’s up with that?
Right now, the Department of Defense is vacating or has vacated Crystal City, a convenient and well-planned community in need of a modest life cycle extension. If GSA thinks it needs some more room, they should lock their eyes onto Crystal City.
Southeast Washington can use economic development, although commercial development would be best to provide citizens an opportunity to advance their lives and break from government dependency.
Why is it GSA’s business concern?
First, the Executive branch manages the GSA via an appointed Director and in this case he is an “acting” director because the former boss was fired.
The General Services Administration (GSA) is an agency responsible for shared services and elements of business operations common among all departments. The idea is to provide benefits from economies of scale, though Departments are not absolutely required to use GSA services and therefore redundancy sometimes undermines the value.
Just in one instance, the GSA’s Federal Energy Management initiative, funded at $5 billion is intended to produce dramatic return on investment from “green” building operations. The first objective was to get GSA to make timely, accurate, and correct investments. The second is to realize the savings. What happened? Does anyone know?
General Services Administration
BUILDINGS & REAL ESTATE
- Design & Construction
- Environmental Programs
- GSA Properties
- Historic Preservation
- Facilities Management
- Realty Services
- WorkPlace Innovation
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
- Acquisition Solutions
- Energy & Environmental
- Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, & Tools
- Office Supplies, Equipment, & Furniture
- Professional & Technical Solutions
- Property for Disposal/Sale
- Security, Fire, & Law Enforcement
- Shared Services
- Technology & Telecommunications
- Transportation, Relocation & Vehicles
POLICY & REGULATIONS
- Regulations: FMR, FTR, & FAR
- Acquisition Policy
- Aviation Management
- Policy Performance
- Mail Management
- Personal Property Management
- Real Property Policy
- Information, Integrity, & Access
- Travel,Transportation, & Relocation
- Vehicle Management
Since they brought it up and the government needs to find savings, is this a target?
“GSA proposes massive overhaul of Southwest office buildings into a new Federal Triangle South
Introducing “Federal Triangle South.”
Five buildings near the National Mall in Southwest D.C. — some of them considered the most block-like and dull properties downtown — could be subject to a massive redevelopment plan under a proposal released by the General Services Administration on Friday.
The agency issued a “Request for Information” to private sector developers interested in redeveloping a cluster of five buildings on 22 acres along Independence Avenue immediately south of the National Mall. The buildings are the Cotton Annex, the Forrestal Complex, the Orville and Wilbur Wright Buildings and GSA’s own regional office building.”
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