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GSA Honors Winners of Second Annual Achievement Award for Real Property Innovation

GSA # 9520

October 6, 1998
Contact: Eleni Martin, (202) 501-1231

Washington, DC - The U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy will present the Second Annual Achievement Award for Real Property Innovation at a ceremony on October 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the GSA auditorium at 1800 F Street, NW.

The award was developed to recognize the successes of the Federal real property community, improve communications between real property professionals, and share the best policies and practices implemented by Federal agencies.

The winning entry for the Best Policy category is "Partnering for Land Use" from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The winning entries for the Best Practice category are "The Judiciary's Long Range Facility Planning" from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and "Allocating Budget's Based on Benchmarks" from GSA's Public Buildings Service, Rocky Mountain Region.

These winners were selected from among 41 entries submitted by Federal agencies. The response to the Call for Entries is exemplary of the commitment the Federal government is making in the real estate arena. Each year, Federal agencies responsible for the management of Federal real property develop and implement innovative policies and practices that go unrecognized. Committed to the collaborative development and communication of these policies and practices, GSA established this annual award that ultimately benefits the entire Federal community.

A four-member independent panel of real estate and management experts representing a cross-section of private, government and international organizations was established to evaluate the merits of the entries. The judges were Stephen Binder, Vice President, Citicorp and Director of Global Planning; David Boone representing the Building Owners and Management Association and Senior Vice President for Property Management, Boston Properties; Larry P. Ebert, Co-Chair of the International Development Research Council Research Committee and Director, Real Estate Services, Ernst and Young, LLP; and Hank van der Linde, Director General, Property and Facilities Management, Public Works and Government Services, Canada.

Although only the winning entries will receive recognition at the ceremony, each organization submitting an entry played an important part in the overall endeavors to improve Federal asset management. The success stories submitted by the other entrants as well as the winning entries will be shared through the publication of the Real Property Policysite newsletter and will be posted on the Internet at http://policyworks.gov/realproperty .