U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Headquarters
Scoping and Public Involvement Notice for an Environmental Assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for the Proposed Lease Consolidation of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Headquarters.
Please be advised that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) intends to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the lease consolidation of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Headquarters, located at One Town Center, One Capital Gateway Drive, Camp Springs, Maryland.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires Federal agencies to evaluate the potential impacts that proposed actions may have on the human and natural environment. GSA will serve as the lead agency and USCIS will be the cooperating agency for the EA and associated Section 106 compliance.
GSA is proposing to acquire space through leasing in order to collocate six of USCIS’ current leased locations, located in Washington, DC and Virginia, into one location to improve functional efficiency and effectively support the agency’s mission. The proposed action is the replacement lease of up to 575,000 rentable square feet of space with eight official parking spaces included in the lease. The proposed lease consolidation would result in the collocation of approximately 3,200 employees.
An Environmental Assessment (EA) will be prepared in accordance with Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and is being coordinated with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act in accordance with 36 CFR, Part 800.8. NEPA requires a Federal agency to provide the public with an opportunity to participate in the process of analyzing the impact of Federal actions on the human environment.
PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING:
An open-house style public meeting will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Princeton Elementary School, located at 6101 Baxter Drive, Suitland, MD 20746. Please stop by anytime between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to learn more about the proposed action and to provide comments to the project team. Read a copy of the USCIS Draft Scoping Meeting presentation.
Agencies and members of the public are encouraged to provide written comments on the EA and Section 106 processes in addition to, or in lieu of, giving their comments at the public meeting. The scoping comment period begins on November 10, 2016, and ends November 25, 2016. Comments received during the scoping period will be considered in the analyses to be conducted for the EA. Written comments regarding the EA must be postmarked no later than November 25, 2016, and sent to the following address:
U.S. General Services Administration
National Capital Region
Attention: Mr. Paul Gyamfi
Regional NEPA Compliance Specialist
301 7th Street, SW - Room 4004
Washington, DC 20407
Comments can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; email subject line: CIS Lease Consolidation Scoping Comments. All emails must be received by 11:59 p.m., November 23, 2016.
For further information and assistance please contact Mr. Paul Gyamfi at (202) 440-3405.