Legislation, Policy & Reports

GSA has a duty and mandate to periodically report on the overall state of its historic property inventory. The documents listed here are a collection of these reports; links to the legislation that these documents support are provided as well.

2004 - Present

Extending the Legacy: GSA Historic Building Stewardship

Extending the Legacy is GSA’s triennial report to the Advisory Council On Historic Preservation; it examines GSA's stewardship successes and challenges within the practical framework of the agency's business approach to providing and maintaining federal workspace.



ADM 1020.2 Procedures for Historic Properties

This GSA order transmits procedures for complying with Federal regulations for the use, protection and enhancement of historic and cultural properties.

Executive Order 13287

Executive Order 13287, Preserve America, calls upon the federal government to protect, enhance and use historic properties owned by the government; build partnerships with state and local governments, Indian tribes, and the private sector to promote local economic development through the use of historic properties; and maintain accurate information on federal historic properties and their condition.



Economic Impact of Federal Facilities on Central Business Districts [PDF - 1.65 MB]

Study prepared by the National Main Street Center and National Trust for Historic Preservation in cooperation with GSA's Urban Development Program.



Held in Public Trust: PBS Strategy for Using Historic Buildings [PDF - 11.13 MB]

In 1999, the Historic Buildings program released the first comprehensive guide to PBS preservation policy and practice issued since 1979. Illustrated with examples of precedent-setting GSA projects nationwide, the guide examines PBS capital investment, facilities management, R & A design and construction, leasing, new construction, public-private partnerships, and disposal programs.

The Economics of Preserving Historic Federal Buildings [DOC 38.0 Kb]

Reports on a GSA study comparing operating costs at GSA's historic buildings with operating costs at buildings constructed less than 50 years ago. The study showed that many historic buildings are more efficient and profitable than newer buildings. 



National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as Amended

The National Historic Preservation Act was passed in 1966 to protect historic and archaeological sites across the United States. Key elements of the act included setting federal policy for preserving the nation’s cultural heritage; establishing the National Register of Historic Places; establishing State Historic Preservation Offices; establishing the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; and charging federal agencies to be responsible stewards of historic properties.


Last Reviewed 2016-09-16