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GSA Receives "Green" on the President's Management Agenda Scorecard

"Responsible Assest Management Practices Serve as Model for Federal Agencies"

GSA # 10214

February 10, 2006                        
Maryanne Beatty, (202) 501-1231
Maryanne.beatty@gsa.gov

Washington, DC—The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) received a “Green” rating on the President’s Management Agenda scorecard for the fiscal year 2006 first quarter results in the area of Federal Real Property Asset Management. 

“I am proud of the work that GSA has done in the area of advancing responsible asset management.  We take our role as stewards of real property and fiduciary agents seriously.  It is rewarding to be the first in government to achieve the green rating,” said David Bibb, GSA’s Acting Administrator.  “I am pleased to say that GSA has a demonstrated record of responsible asset management, capitalizing on its own innovative ideas along with best practices learned from other government agencies and the private sector.”

On February 4, 2004, President Bush signed Executive Order 13327 with the goal of promoting the economic use of federal real property resources and to ensure management accountability for implementing federal property management reforms.  This Executive Order also supports the President’s Management Agenda goal of achieving responsible asset management.

GSA is a member of the Federal Real Property Council (FRPC) and is a major leader in the effort to implement the Executive Order.  GSA’s practices include continuing to “right-size” its portfolio of real property assets, ensuring GSA’s assets are maintained in the appropriate condition, at the appropriate cost to help its tenant agencies carry out their missions and that unneeded properties are disposed of in an efficient manner.  This will help GSA meet its long-term goal of achieving a viable, self-sustaining inventory of government-owned buildings. 

Under Commissioner David L. Winstead, GSA’s Public Buildings Service has shown results in implementing its agency asset management plan by tracking performance with the FRPC’s four performance measures; asset utilization, asset condition, operating costs and mission dependency or federal agency need.  FY2005 results include:

  • Disposing of 27 vacant or underutilized properties through our portfolio restructuring efforts;
  • Improving asset utilization to 93.2% in government owned assets and 98.8% in leased assets by eliminating vacant space;
  • Improving the condition of our inventory with over 76% of assets meeting the FRPC standards for facility condition by targeting reinvestment dollars toward core assets in the portfolio;
  • Operating buildings at the appropriate costs with PBS cleaning maintenance and utility expenses 10.5% below private sector BOMA benchmarks.

“While there is still much work to do, the net result of our actions is a more efficient and cost-effective federal real property portfolio of assets available for our customer agencies,” said Commissioner Winstead.

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