Every year during the middle of June, our nation pauses to honor the Stars and Stripes. June 14 marks the anniversary of the adoption of the American flag through the Flag Resolution of 1777. Today also marks another milestone for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). It commemorates the day that GSA entered the digital age.
While the flag is ubiquitous at every federal agency, GSA plays an important role in the U.S. Flag Code. The code stipulates not only when and how the flag should be displayed but the proper methods of handling and respecting the flag.
As the manager for much of the federal government’s real estate, GSA is responsible for flying the flag at all GSA-managed locations, unless specifically stated otherwise. This doesn’t just mean our own buildings, but all buildings delegated to other federal agencies by the GSA administrator, as well as GSA-leased buildings.
With few exceptions, requests to fly the flag at half-staff nationwide must originate from the White House. Under current policy, the request is telephoned to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service MegaCenter, with a follow-up order by email from the White House to the MegaCenter. The request is then sent by email to the GSA facility management personnel and federal agencies around the world operating GSA-managed buildings for implementation.
On a day when we honor a national symbol of freedom, GSA remembers a key moment in our history that helped shape our agency’s future. On this day in 1996, GSA connected our employee’s desktop computers to the internet. GSA was the first federal agency to accomplish this, and it began a tradition of innovation, excellence, and forward thinking that made GSA a leader in creating the model federal workplace. Twenty years later, GSA remains committed to leveraging the latest workplace technologies to create a more efficient and effective government.