8.2 GSA’s Collaboration Across Levels of Government
GSA-HHS sustainability guidelines. GSA recently received an honorable mention at the Health and Human Services Innovates awards ceremony for new health guidelines we helped develop with HHS for Federal cafeterias. The awards recognize creative and innovative solutions to complex problems in government. The honorable mention is particularly rewarding since it’s the first time dietary guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture were the foundation for food service guidelines. We were instrumental in establishing the guidelines that set the precedence for all food service concession operations and vending machines under GSA and HHS management. The guidelines provide healthy, nutritional food options and incorporate sustainable facility principles. So far, the guidelines have been implemented at HHS headquarters and 10 GSA food service facilities around the country. The goal is to have the guidelines everywhere to show Federal employees how eating more nutritional meals leads to better health. In June 2011, we renewed our commitment to wellness and healthy eating habits by supporting the Department of Agriculture’s new MyPlate symbol. The new food icon replaced the MyPyramid image and reminded consumers to make healthy food choices while reinforcing the significance of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. We have championed healthy food options for Federal employees and visitors in Federal building cafeterias and vending machines across the country. Health and Sustainability Guidelines
GSA and EPA launch green challenge. As the Federal Government’s real estate and acquisitions solutions provider, we joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a sustainability initiative, the Federal Green Challenge, in October 2011 The nationwide rollout challenged Federal agencies across the country to lead by example in reducing the government’s environmental impact. EPA and GSA regional administrators will lead the effort, and Federal offices committed to a 5 percent per year reduction in two of six focus areas: waste, electronics, purchasing, energy, water and transportation. The Federal Green Challenge is a national initiative under EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program.
Communications Office Collaborates with State and Local Governments. GSA’s Office of Citizens Services and Innovative Technologies maintainsa close working relationship with state and local organizations, and exchanges best practices in government procurement, stimulus spending, social media and IT leadership. We are a conduit to state associations such as the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, the National Association for State Procurement Officials and the National Association of State Budget Officers. We are the liaison with the states for our Federal Acquisition Service state and local working group. We also monitor state and local use of GSA contracts.
GSA and Justice Department Join Forces to Educate Businesses on Ethics. Integrity and ethics are the building blocks of good business and sound government, and GSA is partnering with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland to provide businesses with ethics training to prevent corruption and stop bribes and kickbacks. We hosted an integrity symposium in June 2011 for companies doing business with the Federal Government. The seminar was the most recent in a training series conducted by the Northeast Ohio Business Ethics Coalition, of which GSA is a member. The coalition was created in late 2010, in the wake of several high-profile public corruption cases in the Cleveland area, to address and eliminate unethical business practices through enhanced training and education. This latest symposium is part of an initiative to transform the business community into one that promotes a culture of honesty and ethical business practices. Our Great Lakes Regional Administrator Ann Kalayil and U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach of the Northern District of Ohio welcomed about 50 participants from the construction and service industries. In his opening remarks, Dettelbach thanked GSA for prioritizing integrity and for maintaining a zero tolerance for fraud and corruption in our projects. Symposium topics included business ethics and compliance rules, guidelines on how to build a positive reputation with the Federal Government and the penalties for committing fraud. Panelists emphasized that the Federal Government is seeking professional services, honest pricing and the highest quality standards. Business Ethics Forum
GSA Cross-Agency Collaboration With Open Government Innovation Team. GSA continues initial collaboration with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Archives and Records Administration, National Science Foundation and Office of Personnel Management on possible innovation initiatives that would involve sharing best practices or systems across agencies.