From the Desk of Joanna Rosato

A proven leader in the drive to optimize the federal real estate portfolio, GSA provides effective, mobile, sustainable workplace solutions for federal agencies that improve federal office space use, shrink real estate footprint and reduce costs. Since FY 2012, GSA has worked together with federal agencies to reduce leased space by 6.2 million square feet, leading to a net total savings of $186 million.

GSA recently partnered with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judges to reconfigure three separate Judges' chambers at the James A. Byrne U.S. Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia into an integrated workspace for 12 non-residential judges and their law clerks. I invite you to read more about this project, the first of its kind for the U.S. Courts nationally, and how the agency is saving $250,000 per year in rent.

GSA and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) worked together to reconfigure and reduce the IRS’s square footage in Baltimore, Maryland. As a result, IRS staff is now more efficiently co-located within the George H. Fallon Federal Building, and GSA was able to move six other agencies from leased space into the federally owned facility. The Fallon Federal Building turns 50 years old in 2017. In this edition, we explore how this historically significant building continues to service the federal government in an evolving workplace environment.

Each year, more than $50 billion in goods and services are procured through GSA contracts. By leveraging the purchasing power of the federal government, GSA drives down prices, delivers better value, and reduces costs. With their deep understanding of market conditions and service contract regulations, our GSA Mid-Atlantic Region team was determined to find ways to increase efficiency within our custodial contracts. Read this edition to learn how we’ve reduced operating costs in nearly 50 Regional federal buildings and $3 million in savings to date across 40 custodial contracts. We are also excited to share that our Acquisition Management team also recently awarded three architectural services and three engineering services term Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts that can help speed service delivery to our clients and save money. And we continue to explore ways to make purchasing easier. In this edition, we highlight GSA’s Acquisition Gateway’s Office Management Hallway, where you can find everything you need to manage your agency’s print needs.

GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) continues to test innovative building technologies, exploring effective ways to reduce operating costs, energy use, water consumption and carbon emissions. In this issue of Focus, we share recent GPG findings related to Linear LED Retrofits, Smart Ceiling Fans, and Control Optimization Systems for Chiller Plants.

We value collaboration, cooperation and continuous professional development across our business lines. With that in mind, we are excited to share that Tom Rufo, Operations Manager at our East Philadelphia Field Office, recently earned a Facilities Management Administrator Designation from Building Owners and Management Institute (BOMI) International. Emphasis on this type of continued professional development helps ensure our facilities run smoothly and efficiently. In this edition, we are also pleased to introduce Greg Retzler, Branch Chief of our Design and Construction Technical Branch, who will lead a team of engineering, architecture and cost estimating subject matter experts.

As budgets continue to tighten and government operations grow increasingly complex, GSA remains committed to helping federal agencies navigate the challenges that lie ahead.

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


This article is part of the Winter 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 2017-01-18