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Personal Property helps 53 American bison get back ‘Home on the Range’
On Oct. 2, the Center of Expertise for Animals brought new meaning to the American Folk song ‘Home on the Range’ when Region 3 transferred 53 excess American bison from the U.S. Forestry Service in Wilmington, Illinois, to two federal programs.
The COE ensured the safety of the bison by highlighting them on the national GSA-PPM website, coordinating with associates in the Midwest on their safe passage, requiring safety assurances from prospective customers, and promoting advertisements in commercial journals.
The bison, with a total original acquisition cost of $195,888, were transferred to the USDA-Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas and to the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. The bison are now ‘home on the range’ and able to flourish in their natural habitat.
The COE for Animals was established by the GSA Personal Property Management (GSA-PPM) program to ensure the safe and humane treatment of federally-utilized animals.
GSA Announces Planned Sale of Reserve on Malcolm
Former U.S. Army Reserve Center in Westminster, Md. available for sale through GSA Auctions
PHILADELPHIA — Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced its plan to sell “The Reserve on Malcolm,” a former U. S. Army Reserve Center, 404 Malcolm Drive, Westminster, Md. in Carroll County. The property offers 3.81 acres improved with 15,578 gross square feet in two buildings with ample parking. This is in an ideal location near Carroll Hospital. The property is situated between two prominent thoroughfares, Malcolm Drive and 140 Village Road.
In 2015, the government conveyed the subject property to the Commissioners of Carroll County for law enforcement purposes. The conveyance was subject to Section 203 (k) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended (the “Act”). Under the provisions of the Act, the use of the property was restricted for certain law enforcement purposes as outlined in the deed. The government retained a reversionary interest in the property.
Carroll County had a change of mission. In lieu of the government exercising its right to revert title, the government has elected to market and competitively sell the property on behalf of the county for the benefit of the government.
The property has been rebranded as “The Reserve on Malcolm” and is being offered via an online auction. The sale opens on October 5, 2020, with a starting bid of $950,000.00. GSA’s Office of Property Utilization and Disposal will manage the sale process. Terms and conditions of the sale as well as additional property information is available at www.RealEstateSales.gov or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sale will close on December 15, 2020.
GSA Announces Planned Sale of King & Maple Building
Historic Building in Martinsburg, WV to be offered for sale through GSA Auctions
PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. General Services Administration announces a public online auction sale of the former Federal Building property in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Rebranded as King & Maple and located at 300 West King Street in downtown Martinsburg, the three and one-half story structure occupies approximately 0.36 acre with 16,640 SF (Gross 22,846 SF, Rentable 19,813 SF).
Previously owned by the Art Center LLC, the property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is subject to historic preservation requirements.
The online auction is part of GSA’s ongoing efforts to dispose of excess properties saving taxpayer dollars and making more efficient use of the government’s real estate assets. For more information on GSA’s online auctions, visit www.RealEstateSales.gov.
“By offering this historic property through public auction, GSA can reduce our real estate footprint, save taxpayer money and better manage GSA’s real estate assets,” stated GSA Regional Commissioner Joanna Rosato. “Through auctioning this property GSA is hoping to offer this building a new opportunity to benefit the citizens of Martinsburg.”
Property inspections are available by appointment for registered bidders. Details of how to register can be found via the website. A 3D Virtual Tour is also available for quick reference.
GSA’s Office of Property Utilization and Disposal will manage the sale process. Additional information is available at www.RealEstateSales.gov or by emailing email@example.com. For media inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
GSA’s FBI Central Records Complex Project Wins Three DBIA Awards
PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. General Services Administration proudly announces that its Federal Bureau of Investigation Central Records Complex (CRC) project in Winchester, Virginia, is the recent winner of three awards from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). Constructed by GSA, the FBI CRC will provide National Archives and Records Administration compliant records storage in a secured, environmentally conditioned and fire-protected space. The facility uses a state-of-the-art, automated storage and retrieval system to manage 117 miles of paper records, supporting the FBI's mission-critical records management functions.
The DBIA has announced that FBI CRC is a Merit Award winner in their national 2020 Design-Build Project / Team Awards competition in the Federal/State/County/Municipality category. Merit Award winners compete for a National Award of Excellence and Project of the Year. The final winner will be announced at DBIA’s Design-Build Conference and Expo Awards Ceremony, October 29th. The award recognizes how the power of collaboration and innovation is transforming the way we design and build.
“GSA is proud to have delivered an incredible, state-of-the-art facility to the FBI,” stated Joyce Haas, GSA Region 3 Regional Administrator. “The hard work and collaboration of our project team, the FBI, and the general contractors has made the end product a tremendous success, and this award celebrates their achievement.”
In addition, the FBI CRC project is the winner of the 2020 DBIA Mid-Atlantic Region (DBIA-MAR) Award, as well as the Excellence in Design Award. You can read more about the DBIA-MAR awards in GSA Region 3's Mid-Atlantic FOCUS Newsletter.
The 253,000 square foot facility reached substantial completion in January 2020, ahead of schedule. The facility consolidates 256 facilities to one central location. More information on the project is highlighted in this recent video developed by GSA.
President Trump's 2021 Budget Invests in Nation's Real Property, Shared Service Technologies
Budget includes proposed funding for projects in Philadelphia and Woodlawn, MD
PHILADELPHIA — U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy today announced key investments that are a part of the fiscal year (FY) 2021 President’s Budget Request. The proposed $21.3 billion gross budget ($868 million net budget) for GSA reflects the administration’s commitment to strategic investments in our nation’s real property management, modernizing the government’s information technology services, simplifying government procurement, and expanding the shared services delivered throughout government.
“The continued investment into GSA’s portfolio provides opportunities for savings both for our agency partners and the American people,“ said Administrator Murphy. “Looking forward to FY21, GSA will be making strategic capital investments that lead to a reduction in costly leased space, streamlining and standardizing the federal payroll systems through NewPay, and moving agencies from antiquated legacy systems to more secure, efficient, and modern platforms.”
The FY21 budget request includes:
- Investments in real property infrastructure and management:
- $10.4 billion for the Federal Buildings Fund to maintain and operate the GSA real estate portfolio, including: $2.1 billion for capital investments, which includes $1.4 billion for repairs and alterations to improve space utilization, safety and condition of government-owned assets and $762 million in new construction to support the critically important missions of agencies.
- $2.5 billion investment in building operations to maintain service and support for federal tenants and provide prudent management of real estate, including leased and owned space.
- $5.7 billion to maintain the government’s commitments in space that GSA leases from private industry on behalf of federal customers.
- $91.96 million for major repairs and alterations work at the Philadelphia U.S. Custom House for full upgrades to the plumbing and HVAC systems.
- $208.74 million for major repairs and alterations work at the West High Low Rise in Woodlawn, Maryland, including renovation of the existing space for the Social Security Administration.
- $31 million to support the Asset Proceeds and Space Management Fund for implementation of the recommendations of the Public Buildings Reform Board established in the Federal Assets Sales and Transfer Act.
- $10 billion to the Federal Capital Revolving Fund to finance capital projects for any landholding or land-managing agency.
- Support for the government’s development of innovative technology:
- $150 million for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) will continue to provide up-front funding for IT projects to move agencies from antiquated legacy systems to more secure modern platforms in accordance with the Modernizing Government Technology Act.
- $58.4 million to support the Federal Citizens Service Fund (FCSF), including funding for the Cloud Portfolio, which assists federal agencies with using cloud technologies and promotes FedRAMP-authorized cloud services to reduce duplicative and divergent security requirement costs.
- Maintain progress on GSA's Robotics Process Automation (RPA) program, which has led to 70,000 hours of recaptured work hours across GSA, and introduce Intelligent Automation to drive even more efficiencies across GSA.
- Expansion of shared services:
- $20 million to transition government agencies to GSA’s NewPay payroll software as a service (SaaS) solution.
- A joint request with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which reflects the administration’s legislative proposal to merge OPM’s transactional and consultative services into GSA.
- $8.5 million in interagency contributions to streamline and modernize the federal rule-making process.
President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposes Focus on Innovation, Physical Infrastructure, and Efficient and Effective Government
Budget includes proposed funding for projects in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
PHILADELPHIA—U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy today announced key investments that are a part of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget request. The proposed $11 billion gross budget authority for GSA reflects the administration’s commitment to strategic investments in innovative solutions that will strengthen our nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure; and, deliver better and more cost-effective services across the federal government.
“The administration’s focus on innovation—from embracing modern IT and productivity solutions to providing modern facilities to help our agency partners carry out their critical missions—in the President’s budget will help GSA empower our agency partners across government to best serve the American people,” said Administrator Murphy. “GSA was able to save agencies more than $6 billion in FY 2018 through a more data-driven approach that strategically leveraged the purchasing power of the federal government. By continuing to serve as a catalyst for innovation across the federal government, and expanding our focus on shared solutions, investment in GSA through our budget request will continue to deliver a multiplier effect of cost-savings, value, and improved performance across the federal government.”
The FY 2020 budget request includes:
- A joint request with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which reflects the administration’s plan to merge OPM’s transactional and consultative services into GSA as announced in the administration’s government reform and reorganization plan released in June 2018. The FY 2020 budget reflects the end-state organizational structure and resources necessary to achieve this reorganization of OPM using a combination of existing legal authority and legislation.
- Investments in real property infrastructure and improvements to real property management including:
- Zero-net budget authority and $10.2 billion for the Federal Buildings Fund to maintain and operate the GSA real estate portfolio, including: $1.7 billion for repairs and alterations to public buildings.
- $58.86 million for repairs and alterations to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system of the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse, located at 601 Market Street in Philadelphia.
- $40.63 million for repairs and alterations to the Joseph F. Weis, Jr., U.S. Courthouse located at 700 Grant Street in Pittsburgh. The project supports the relocation and consolidation of the Judiciary’s U.S. Bankruptcy Court from over 43,000 usable square feet of leased space to approximately 31,000 of vacant and underutilized space within the Weis Courthouse and will upgrade multiple building systems. The proposed consolidation provides an annual lease cost avoidance of approximately $1.3 million annually.
- $31 million to support the Asset Proceeds and Space Management Fund for implementation of the recommendations of the Real Property Reform Board established in the Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act.
- Establishment of the Federal Capital Revolving Fund, a new fund proposed by the administration in June 2018 as part of the administration’s infrastructure initiative that will function effectively as a capital budget for investment in high cost federally-owned civilian real property.
- Investments to support the government’s management of information technology and improve cybersecurity:
- $150 million to support the Technology Modernization Fund, to continue to provide a central mechanism for retiring and replacing antiquated legacy IT systems that are not cost-effective or pose security risks;
- $25.9 million in investments to support governmentwide management of IT reporting, including management of the Federal IT Dashboard, and will establish a new project management office for the governmentwide implementation of Technology Business Management principles; and,
- $58.4 million for the Federal Citizen Services Fund to support programs and activities that enhance cybersecurity and citizens’ ability to securely interact with federal agencies.
- Investments to promote efficiency across the federal government:
- $7.1 million to support the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council, which leads ongoing governmentwide efforts to modernize the federal permitting and review process for major infrastructure initiatives;
- $39.9 million to improve the efficiency of government operations and promote the adoption of governmentwide shared services; and,
- $26.9 million for GSA’s real and personal property disposal offices, which help deliver excess federal property to their highest and best use outside of the federal government.
Groundbreaking event held for new U.S. Courthouse for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
More than 120 guests joined the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on June 25, 2018 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for a groundbreaking ceremony on a new courthouse for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Spanning approximately four acres, the new 243,000 gross-square-foot courthouse will provide eight courtrooms, 11 chambers and 42 indoor parking spaces. The new facility will also provide workspace for the U.S. Court Library, the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Trustee Program.
“GSA’s mission is to deliver the best value in real estate to government and the American people,” said GSA Regional Administrator Joyce Haas. “Through the partnerships we’ve developed at the federal, state and local levels, the new U.S. Courthouse will be a 21st century facility that will benefit both the city of Harrisburg, our federal partners and the community of users who pass through it every day.”
Ceremony and groundbreaking participants included Pennsylvania Congressmen Scott Perry, William F. Shuster and Louis J. Barletta, Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judges Sylvia H. Rambo and John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania and Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner of the U.S. Middle District of Pennsylvania provided the keynote address.
"Our success is a result of the commitment, cooperation and collaboration of many,” said GSA Public Buildings Service Commissioner Dan Mathews. “Thank you to the members of Congress, judges, our design and construction companies, GSA staff and the community for your hard work, dedication and support of this project."
The $192.7 million project was designed by Ennead Architects of New York. Construction began in May 2018 by Mascaro Construction Company LP of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is slated to be completed by fall 2021.
Mid-Atlantic Region Tours Manufacturing Facilities
During the week of April 30, Region 3 FAS Regional Commissioner Dena McLaughlin, R3 Category Manager Michael Shepherd and the IWAC leadership team (Brian Knapp, John Breen, Jeffery Calhoun and Ivana Henry) met with and toured the manufacturing facilities of five leading Schedule 71 furniture contractors with headquarters in Western Michigan (Steelcase, Herman Miller, Haworth, Trendway and RT London). These visits afforded the team the opportunity to learn more about new trends in the industry; understand design, manufacturing, and testing processes that can impact total cost of ownership; and gain industry insight into the buying behaviors of our federal customers.
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The mission of the U.S. General Services Administration is to deliver value and savings in real estate, acquisition, technology and other mission-support services across the government.