From the Desk of Joanna Rosato

We continue to use the federal government’s purchasing power along with the negotiation skills of our professional team to drive down prices and reduce federal real estate costs, saving money for our client agencies so they can focus more of their limited budgets directly on mission-related activities.   

In this issue of Focus, we share an example of two leases GSA recently executed on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Stafford, VA.  Coming to the negotiation table with an extensive knowledge of the local real estate market, GSA successfully negotiated a lease savings of $3.6 million for the FBI and the federal government.

We are also expanding our use of technology as a way to improve efficiency and drive down costs.  In this edition, we share news of our Advanced Automated Acquisition Program rollout to lessors and brokers in cities across the Mid-Atlantic Region.  The tool consolidates and streamlines our leasing process, making for a more efficient, transparent process that also gets the best deal for American taxpayers.  You can also read about GSA’s new Acquisition Gateway, which helps buyers from all federal agencies act as one acquisition community, giving users access to side-by-side comparisons of government-wide acquisition solutions

Going green saves green, and we are committed to a sustainable government that reduces energy and water use.  We are honored that the U.S. Green Building Council recently designated the Richard H. Poff Federal Building in Roanoke, VA, as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified and our own GSA Regional Office Building in Philadelphia as LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors, for doing just that.

More than one fourth of GSA’s 1,600 owned buildings are listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  These properties are valued for their significance in American history, architecture, art, archeology, engineering and culture. We are excited to share that the Maude R. Toulson Federal Building and U.S. Post Office in Salisbury, MD, was recently added to the National Register.

GSA has a responsibility to leverage our real estate actions in ways that support community development goals, while also meeting client agency needs.  You can read how we recently collaborated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities to help Blackstone, VA, identify economic development and growth opportunities presented by a U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Security Training Center we are currently constructing in their area.

We emphasize collaboration and cooperation across our business lines.  With this in mind, we are announcing a number of leadership changes in this Focus edition.  Please join us in welcoming Billy Stroumbaras as our new East Philadelphia Field Office Manager; Maureen Steward as the new North Branch Chief in our Portfolio Management Division; and Leann Jost and Lou DiGeambeardino as new Project Executives in our South Service Center.  We know these recent moves will help us deliver the best GSA service to our clients.  Have a great summer and stay cool!

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. To subscribe to FOCUS, complete the online subscription form.

Last Reviewed 2016-07-02