A plan to exchange federal buildings for new facilities without direct approval from Congress drew resistance from a key lawmaker Nov. 19. The General Services Administration has proposed exchanging five outdated federal buildings collectively known as Federal Triangle South in the southwest quadrant of Washington, D.C.
The General Services Administration has finally returned to its headquarters at 1800 F St. NW. The agency collapsed six offices into one in an effort to consolidate more of its workforce under one roof. The remodeled space features open spaces for collaboration, desks for hoteling and green-building design. On Sept. 19, GSA offered members of the press a tour of the office. Start the slideshow...
The General Services Administration's newly-remodeled office space at 1800 F Street NW features open spaces for collaboration, desks for hoteling and green-building design, but the transition back to GSA headquarters is just part of what GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini calls a "total workplace transformation." There are only 400 workstations dedicated to individuals in the entire building. All other workstations are reserved for hoteling.
Maintaining a well-designed fleet-management information system is a fleet management best practice, according to the General Services Administration, but none of the agencies reviewed in a recent audit captured all of the recommended FMIS data elements, finds the Government Accountability Office in a report (.pdf) published July 31.
The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee reported out June 25 the nominations of Dan Tangherlini for administrator of General Services Administration and Howard Shelanski for administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The next step for both nominees is a hearing before the full Senate.
Dan Tangherlini encountered no apparent opposition to his nomination to head the General Services Administration during his Senate confirmation hearing June 18. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said he would vote to confirm Tangherlini, whom President Obama nominated for GSA administrator in May.
The General Services Administration signed blanket purchase agreements with major wireless providers May 22 that are set to save the federal government around $300 million over five years, a GSA press release said.
President Obama nominated Acting General Services Administration head Dan Tangherlini to be the permanent administrator, Obama said in a May 22 statement. Tangherlini had held the role of acting administrator since April 2012.
Federal agencies can now replace aging vehicles with new hybrid electric sedans, and the General Services Administration will fund the difference in cost, the agency announced April 22.
In the past year, GSA canceled 39 conferences, avoiding more than $10 million in associated costs, he said. "I'm worried, though, that we're going to lose a year of training," he added, because the agency canceled useful conferences where GSA employees would have gone to update their skills and knowledge.