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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Lease Consolidation

Project Background

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) National Capital Region has prepared a Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) lease consolidation at 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland, to assess and evaluate the potential environmental impact that could result from the increase in employees from 2,900 to approximately 4,500. The Supplemental EA is prepared in accordance with Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and GSA NEPA policies and procedures (www.gsa.gov/nepa), as amended. NEPA requires a Federal agency to provide the public with an opportunity to participate in the process of analyzing the impacts of Federal actions on the human environment.  Your participation in this process is greatly appreciated.

The purpose of this proposed action is to consolidate HHS employees located in the various leased locations into one location in order to provide space that would efficiently and effectively meet the needs of HHS in accordance with Executive Order 13327.  By consolidating, HHS will reduce energy consumption, allow efficient use of information technology, provide necessary security measures and provide collaboration and cohesiveness amongst HHS components. In addition, the consolidation would reduce expenses that are associated with having multiple leased locations.

In 2012, GSA entered into a lease agreement for up to 935,401 rentable square feet.  Prior to entering into the lease agreement, compliance with NEPA was accomplished through the completion of an EA, traffic study, and issuance of a FONSI.  Since the 2011 EA, the project scope has changed. Originally 2,900 employees were anticipated to be located at the site but that number has increased to approximately 4,500. In order to comply with NEPA (40 CFR 1502.9), a Supplemental EA is needed to address proposed increase in employees.  A transportation study is being conducted concurrent with the Supplemental EA to study potential impacts to traffic from the proposed employee increase.

The Draft Supplemental EA analyzes two alternatives, namely: the increase in employees from 2,900 to 4,500 (action alternative); and maintaining the current occupancy level in accordance with the 2011 FONSI (no action alternative). The Supplemental EA identifies the preferred alternative.

Public Involvement Opportunity

GSA is now accepting public comments concerning the Draft Supplemental EA through April 24, 2014.  Comments received will be considered and responded to in the Final Supplemental EA.  Request for copies of the Draft Supplemental EA should be made to Mr. Paul Gyamfi. Written comments and inquiries regarding the Draft Supplemental EA should also be submitted to Mr. Paul Gyamfi at:

 

Paul Gyamfi, Regional Environmental Planner

National Capital Region

U.S. General Services Administration

301 7th Street, SW

Room 7600

Washington, DC 20407

paul.gyamfi@gsa.gov

 

Please review the following documents concerning the 2014 Draft Supplemental EA:

HHS Lease Consolidation Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment

HHS Lease Consolidation Traffic Technical Report

 

Below are the reference documents from the 2010 Environmental Assessment:

 

CONTACTS

Paul Gyamfi
(202) 440-3405


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