From the Desk of Joanna Rosato

GSA is committed to being a proactive federal partner while continuing our efforts around operational excellence, making strategic decisions that provide better value for the government and the American people.

We recently moved our GSA Mid-Atlantic Regional Office to the historic section of Philadelphia, at 100 South Independence Mall West.  You can read about our new workplace in this Focus edition.  Our office features the latest industry trends in technology and housing in a world class sustainable environment, while achieving a 37% space reduction and 49% rent reduction.  We look forward to sharing the knowledge gained through this mobile working environment with our client agencies.

Our Lease Contracting Officers have also made great progress exploring ways to significantly reduce lease cycle time.  Making use of GSA's Automated Advanced Acquisition Program (AAAP), an online procurement platform used by the federal government to lease office space across the country, they have successfully provided our tenant agencies with significant cost savings.  I invite you to read more about our most recent examples.

NeoCon East, the premier design expo and conference for commercial interiors on the East Coast, was held in October at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth served as a featured guest speaker at the conference, focusing her remarks on how GSA and our federal partners are innovating the acquisition process.  GSA highlighted our Total Workplace Furniture & Information Technology (FIT) program at the event.  Read the Winter edition to learn about FIT and how it is helping our partner agencies by easing the burden of up-front costs while supplying the furniture and technology they need to continue fulfilling their important missions.

Our Green Proving Ground continues to assess emerging technologies in our drive to improve energy performance.  Most recently, we evaluated light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures with integrated controls and share these findings with you in this edition.  Utilizing occupancy and daylight sensors, the LED fixtures achieved lighting energy savings of 69% compared to the GSA average, and cost savings in the cases we studied exceeded investment by 40%.

We are honored that the U.S. Department of Energy has recognized the new Integrated Engineering Services Building (IESB) at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, with their Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Better Buildings Award.  GSA managed the facility’s design and construction.  The award recognized our achievements in energy and water efficiency within the federal government, specifically through this project.

GSA remains dedicated to supporting our partner agencies in achieving their missions, and is honored to have played an important role in Pope Francis’ recent historic visit to Philadelphia.  The City of Philadelphia hosted Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families in September, and GSA’s Mid-Atlantic Region prepared over nine months to support the federal community during the event.  We share some highlights of our unique, behind the scenes activities in our Winter edition.

Did you know GSA is the conservator of one of our nation’s oldest and largest public art collections?  It pleases me to report that everyone will now be able to explore information about these national treasures online through our new Fine Arts Collection interactive website.

We do great things through our team of dedicated professionals.  With that in mind, I’m happy to announce Claire Bonner as our new Baltimore, MD, Field Office Manager.  I hope you’ll join me in welcoming her to this new position, and that you will check out the feature on Claire in this edition.  We both look very forward to continuing our partnership with you in 2016!

Joanna Rosato
Regional Commissioner
Public Buildings Service
GSA Mid-Atlantic Region

This article is part of the Winter issue of the FOCUS newsletter. Please visit the Focus Newsletter page to read our newsletter. To subscribe to FOCUS, complete the online subscription form.

Last Reviewed 2015-12-15