GSA says no relocation site is off the table
Federal employees have no guarantee of staying in the Washington, D.C., metro area when the Federal Aviation Administration is moved out of Federal Triangle South or when Homeland Security Department offices are consolidated, says the General Services Administration.
While the agencies provided location preferences in response to the GSA request for information for Federal Triangle redevelopment, the agency is "open to any ideas if there are services or properties outside of the [D.C. Metro] region that provide something else for GSA," said Bill Dowd, GSA acting regional commissioner of the national capital region Public Buildings Service during a Jan. 4 industry day.
While the agency wants to provide FAA and DHS with new locations that meet their preferences, Dowd said GSA is actively accepting ideas that are beyond these parameters and will include those options in any final decisions when moving agencies out of the Federal Triangle South area.
Genevieve Hanson, GSA senior real estate manager and project manager for the redevelopment, says the RFI does specify that the Energy Department must have a location on Independence Avenue and GSA staff will be relocated to its new headquarters but that GSA is open to more efficient or cost-effective housing for the other agencies.
GSA says whatever plan it adopts must allocate office space for more than 15,000 federal employees, but Hanson notes this does not include the GSA staff moving to its new headquarters. She said that the number of employees being housed under the redevelopment plan may continue to rise as agencies consolidate more satellite offices into a central location.