Federal Agencies Lease Furniture and Information Technology through GSA's FIT Program
GSA recently hosted a webinar with our clients on “Advanced Topics in Workplace Strategies: Updates to FIT (Furniture & Information Technology) Program” as part of our Client Enrichment Series. The purpose of the Client Enrichment Series is to provide GSA's client agencies with proactive, educational information about our policies, procedures, products, and services. Dianne Juba, Workplace Strategist in GSA’s Total Workplace Program Management Office, led the discussion on FIT, a GSA national funding initiative to help our federal client agencies use their workspace more efficiently and effectively.
FIT integrates GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and Public Buildings Service (PBS) resources into a new GSA service offering. It allows agencies to lease furniture over a five-year period and lease information technology (IT) over a three-year period. The intention of this program is to ease the burden of up-front costs while supplying agencies with the furniture and technology they need to continue fulfilling their important missions.
For furniture needs, the FIT program is available for furniture layout design, purchase, and installation. IT equipment available through the program includes laptops, tablets, and video teleconference equipment. Participating agencies have the option to accept ownership of the furniture and IT at the end of the lease term. This program is available for both federally-owned and leased workspace.
The FIT presentation provides updated fiscal year 2016 information concerning requirements, costs, and specifics related to furniture types and sizes, including sample images. It also contains a detailed qualification checklist, including four mandatory requirements an agency must meet before utilizing the FIT program:
- FIT candidates must comply with their agency’s Utilization Rate (UR) policy or if no UR policy is established, they must meet GSA’s requirement of 100-150 square foot UR.
- Maximize natural light by specifying furniture panels that are no taller than 54”.
- Open workstations must not exceed 50 square feet.
- Offices must not exceed 150 square feet.
Please visit the Total Workplace FIT Program for more information or contact GSA Mid-Atlantic Regional Workplace Executive Nancy Sebastiano if you believe your agency is a candidate for the program. The Total Workplace FIT Program can save you money allowing you to invest more in what matters most – your agency’s mission.