Central Heating Plant
The Central Heating Plant of the U.S.General Services Administration, National Capital Region (GSA NCR) is responsible for a district energy system that provides a reliable, cost-effective and environmentally compatible supply of steam and chilled water to government and quasi-government office buildings, national monuments and museums at the heart of the Nation’s Capital.
The GSA was established by President Harry Truman on July 1, 1949, to streamline the administrative work of the federal government. GSA consolidated the National Archives Establishment, the Federal Works Agency and its Public Buildings Administration, the Bureau of Federal Supply, and the Office of Contract Settlement, and the War Assets Administration into a single federal agency tasked with administering supplies and providing workplaces for federal employees.
Today, the mission of GSA is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people. GSA is divided into two primary branches, the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and the Public Building Service (PBS). Only one percent of GSA’s total budget is provided through direct congressional appropriations. The majority of GSA's operating costs are recovered through the products and services it provides.
GSA provides workplaces for federal employees, and oversees the preservation of historic federal properties. Its policies covering travel, property and management practices promote efficient government operations. GSA helps keep the nation safe by providing tools, equipment, and non-tactical vehicles to the U.S. military, and providing state and local governments with law enforcement equipment, firefighting and rescue equipment, and disaster recovery products and services.