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GSA Acquires Site for New Social Security Administration National Data Facility

State-of-the-art data center vital to the American people

GSA #10815

August 25, 2011

Gina Gilliam,215-446-4909

PHILADEPHIA – The U.S. General Services Administration has acquired a site in Frederick County, Md., to construct the Social Security Administration’s new national data facility. Earlier this year, GSA selected this location after reviewing more than 150 sites because it provides the best opportunity for timely and cost-effective construction of the facility that will help SSA better serve the American people.

“We are delighted to take another important step towards replacing our outdated building and moving our critical technology to a modern facility,” said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security.

The new building will incorporate innovative sustainable technologies, using energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, on-site renewable energy sources, water conservation, and the use of sustainable materials.

"The site offers favorable environmental conditions, easy access to electric and water infrastructure, and low utility rates," said Regional Administrator David Ehrenwerth. "The selected site also meets the technical requirements for this mission-critical data center facility. Acquiring the site for the SSA National Support Center marks a major project milestone."

Design and construction on the new LEED-Gold facility will begin in early 2012. The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.


As the federal government's workplace solutions provider, the U.S. General Services Administration works to foster an effective, sustainable and transparent government for the American people. GSA’s expertise in government workplace solutions include:

- Effective management of government assets including more than 9,600 government- owned or leased buildings and 215,000 vehicles in the federal fleet, and preservation of historic federal properties;
- Leveraging the government’s buying power through responsible acquisition of products and services making up approximately 14 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars;
- Providing innovative technology solutions to enhance government efficiency and increase citizen engagement; and,
- Promoting responsible use of federal resources through development of governmentwide policies ranging from federal travel to property and management practices.

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