U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Lease Consolidation
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has finalized the Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) for the lease consolidation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) offices at 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland (5600 Fishers Lane). GSA has determined that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate for this project. The Final Supplemental EA and FONSI were prepared in accordance with Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
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. A previous opportunity to comment on the project was provided to the public during a 30-day public comment review period of the Draft Supplemental EA which concluded on April 24, 2014. The Final Supplemental EA addressed the comments received from stakeholders regarding the Draft Supplemental EA.
In February 2011, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) issued an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the lease consolidation of HHS offices in suburban Maryland. Since GSA completed the FONSI in 2011, the Government decided that greater efficiency can be achieved by increasing the number of employees to be collocated at 5600 Fishers Lane from 2,900 to 4,500 in up to 935,401 rentable square feet of space. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and GSA's PBS NEPA Desk Guide, GSA determined that the proposed increase in employees requires a Supplemental EA to evaluate potential impacts associated with this proposal, primarily with regard to traffic.
The Final Supplemental EA identified and compared the potential impacts that might result from the proposed action alternative (i.e., increasing the employee population to approximately 4,500) and a no action alternative (i.e., maintaining employee population at 2900 which is the level in the 2011 FONSI).
Public Involvement Opportunity
The Final Supplemental EA and FONSI are made available to the Federal and local government agencies, and the public for review. The comments received during the 15-day public review period will be incorporated in this Final Supplemental EA.
Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Finding Of No Significant Impact for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Lease Consolidation at 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland.
Comments are due no later than June 9, 2015.
Please send all written comments and inquiries to:
Mr. Paul Gyamfi, Regional Environmental Planner
Office of Planning and Design Quality, Public Buildings Service
NCR, U.S. General Services Administration
301 7th Street, SW, Room 4004
Washington, DC 20407
or send by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of the Final Supplemental EA is available for public review at the following locations: Rockville Library, 21 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850; and Twinbrook Library, 202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville, MD 20851.
Please review the following documents for further information:
Below are the reference documents from the 2010 Environmental Assessment:
- Draft EA Letter (PDF, 18.6KB)
- Draft EA (PDF, 25.5 MB)
- Final EA (PDF, 3.05 MB)
- Final EA Appendices (PDF, 23.60 MB)
- FONSI (PDF, 300 KB)
- Final Traffic Technical Report (PDF, 14.90 MB)
- Final Traffic Technical Report Appendices (PDF, 25.65 MB)
- Responses to EA Comments (PDF, 10.9 MB)