How GSA Benefits the Public
GSA supports telework of federal employees as a government-wide initiative to reduce gridlock in major urban areas and to reduce gasoline consumption and the resulting carbon emissions. As of June 30, 2009, 46 percent of eligible GSA employees were reported to be teleworking on a regular basis (at least one day per week). This surpassed GSA’s goal of having 40 percent of eligible employees teleworking by the end of the 2009 calendar year. For more information on GSA’s telework initiatives visit GSA.gov/telework.
GSA Provides Access to Government Services and Information
During FY 2009, USA.gov introduced several new tools, one of which, the Government News Aggregator, allows citizens to receive consolidated news and information from across the federal government. This service lets citizens subscribe to USA.gov and receive fast-breaking news updates in industry standard feed readers.
GSA Employees Give Back to the Community
Cabinet secretaries and agency officials sported Hawaiian shirts while touring the Capital Area Food Bank to raise awareness for the summer food drive.
Employees from the Eugene, OR Property Management Office started the growing season with a creative way to support their community and the spirit of President Obama’s “United We Serve” challenge. Instead of planting summer annuals, the employees turned 30 concrete security planters that surround the Eugene Federal Building into a lush community garden. They planted an assortment of fruits and vegetables, from columnar apples, that grow to about six feet tall and bear fruit after about a year, to zucchini. The produce grown at the federal building will be donated to local food pantries.
Additionally, GSA offices nationwide participated in the “Feds Feed Families” summer food drive. Through this effort, over 9,000 pounds of food were donated to local charities.
GSA Saves Money for the American Taxpayer
Here are some of the ways that GSA saved money for U.S. taxpayers during FY 2009:
GSA Supports Opportunities for the Disabled
GSA continues to encourage and facilitate participation by service-disabled, veteran-owned small business in contract competitions. In addition, GSA will continue as a partner and advocate of “Ability-One” as part of the Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) program, which promotes employment opportunities for physically and developmentally challenged individuals.