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Johnson Says Safety of our Federal Facilities is GSA's Highest Priority

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Remarks by
Martha N. Johnson
Administrator
U.S. General Services Administration
"If You See Something, Say Something" Campaign Launch
Washington, DC
December 8, 2010

Thank you all for being here. I’m delighted to join Commissioner Robert Peck, Federal Protective Service Director L. Eric Patterson, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for the launch of the "If You See Something, Say Something" initiative. 

GSA provides workspace to over 1 million federal employees, and the safety and security of those facilities is our highest priority. The "See Something, Say Something" awareness campaign will help us protect the federal worker and the public. 

GSA’s mission is to support other federal agencies in their missions, and I am pleased that in a number of diverse projects, we have been able to partner so effectively with DHS to keep our citizens safe and our nation secure.

For example, GSA’s design and construction teams work on a daily basis with Customs and Border Protection to build secure yet welcoming land ports of entry.

Our contract and logistics experts provide support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency during times of crisis.

And, GSA’s National Capital Region is working with DHS on the construction of their new high-performance headquarters here in Washington.

With the help of the Recovery Act, this major construction project is generating tens of thousands of jobs in the local economy and is supporting dozens of our regional small businesses. 

I am proud that GSA stands shoulder to shoulder with DHS as it conducts its vital work. 

The "See Something, Say Something" campaign is yet another important example of the teamwork between GSA and DHS that guards our borders, provides relief during disasters, and protects the American people and our nation.