From the Desk of Joanna Rosato

Joanna Rosato

Summer has arrived! The sun is shining, the bees are buzzing, and we are buzzing with excitement here at GSA!

I was thrilled to join NASA in April to cut the ribbon on their new Measurement Systems Laboratory at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The innovative facility, delivered by GSA, is designed for flexibility and collaboration. The Lab supports research and development of new measurement concepts, technologies and systems that will enable NASA to achieve its missions in space exploration, science and aeronautics.

Also in April, GSA representatives joined the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to dedicate the Joseph F. Weis, Jr. U.S. Courthouse lobby in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in honor of Judge D. Brooks Smith. Members of the Society of Architectural Historians and invited guests also toured the building’s main lobby, courtrooms and restored Social Security Administration lobby. They learned about GSA’s recent rehabilitation work at the facility and the beautiful artwork and architectural elements throughout the historic building.

We are humbled to hear that our industry and federal partners have been buzzing about GSA. The Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers recently recognized GSA’s Altmeyer Building modernization at the Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn, Maryland, with several honors at their 10th annual AEI Professional Project Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in design and construction.

The Social Security Administration recognized GSA associates as SSA Regional Commissioner Award recipients in the Philadelphia Region Group Achievement Award category. The award recognized their work as part of an extended GSA regional group supporting our SSA clients.

GSA Mid-Atlantic Region’s Dale Anderson, a leader at GSA for 35 years, was also honored as the Steadfast Achievement gold medalist at the 2022 Philadelphia Federal Executive Board’s Excellence in Government Awards program. The award recognizes his distinguished record of innovative and high impact accomplishments.

We have been busy bees at GSA! We achieved a 51% reduction in our building portfolio’s operational greenhouse gas emissions since 2008, more than a decade ahead of the 2032 goal. We invite you to read about our continuing steps to build a cleaner, healthier future for America including new standards for concrete and asphalt used at GSA job sites; emerging technology studies aimed at unlocking the value of electric vehicle batteries; and our new blanket purchase agreements for electric vehicle supply equipment.

And speaking of bees … We invite you to read about our new bee pollinator study/garden at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services headquarters in Woodlawn, Maryland, and how it contributes to understanding the challenges surrounding bee survival. Incorporporating pollinator protection and habitat planting activities also supports our sustainability and climate change goals.

Innovation and the cross pollination of ideas helps us to continuously evolve our work processes, systems and offerings. In August 2022, GSA will begin transitioning all of our clients who currently have an ePM account over to a new, web-based project management and collaboration software called Kahua. The transition will allow project stakeholders to securely collaborate throughout a project’s lifecycle. And, GSA’s Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center Division is working to establish zonal furniture blanket purchase agreements that will allow us to more quickly meet the need for smaller dollar furniture purchases.

We know you are busy bees too! As we roll through summer, just a reminder that deadlines for sending us your Reimbursable Work Authorizations are July 22 for Economy Act and DoD new RWAs and amendments, and September 8 for all other new RWAs and amendments.

This summer, I plan to make time to stop and smell the roses and enjoy all that this beautiful season has to offer. I hope you will join me!

Joanna Rosato
Regional Commissioner
Public Buildings Service
GSA Mid-Atlantic Region


This article is part of the Summer issue of the FOCUS newsletter. Please visit the Focus Newsletter page to read our newsletter.

Last Reviewed: 2022-06-21