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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.
FY20 Congressional Justification
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. One of its four strategic objectives is to save taxpayer money through better management of federal real estate.
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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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