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INS Signs Memorandum of Agreement with GSA

GSA #9737

September  25, 2000
Contact: Bill Bearden (202) 501-1231
bill.bearden@gsa.gov


WASHINGTON -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), Department of Justice, will sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the General Services Administration's (GSA) Public Buildings Service (PBS) to establish a partnership of enhanced real estate services specifically tailored to meet the needs of the INS.

"We are pleased to enter into this partnership with INS. It is a "good government" initiative which will enable them to accomplish their mission even more effectively," said PBS Deputy Commissioner Paul Chistolini.

The partnership agreement includes services for:

real estate planning, acquisition, leasing, administration, and facility management;
project management, cost estimating, and construction management and inspection;
site assessments, site acquisition, and environmental protection (endangered species, cultural resources, environmental impact assessments, asbestos and lead based paint surveys, hazardous substance remediation, and mitigation); and
integrated solutions that are incident to the real estate activities cited above that might include; planning, design, and procurement of furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E), federal telecommunication services, voice and data, and physical move coordination

There has been a significant need for the expansion of existing INS facilities and construction of new facilities nationwide. This is due to a substantial increases in INS personnel required to enforce the immigration laws of the United States, combined with increased growth in the number of people crossing the U.S. borders, as well as the increased service levels needed to support legal immigrants.

To support this need, the INS has requested the GSA to establish an Executive Real Estate Management Program that will update, streamline, adjust, and standardize real estate services and processes to deliver projects in a more timely and efficient manner. Offices will be established within three of GSA's regions (Boston, MA, Fort Worth, TX , and San Francisco, CA) to implement this program.

These offices will serve as "Gateways" to INS for all their real estate services nationwide; they will provide assistance in acquiring real estate services, information, status, tracking and reporting on all INS projects requested by the three INS administrative centers nationwide. Each Gateway office will have an INS Executive Real Estate program manager responsible for managing and acquiring real estate support and services through the appropriate GSA regional office. Additionally, each of the eleven GSA regional offices will have a regional account manager or designated regional representative who will be responsible for all information regarding INS real estate projects within their region.

Furthermore, a GSA National Account Executive for INS will serve as the Director for the INS Executive Real Estate Management Program and the single point of contact for information at the national level for all real estate services acquired and provided to the INS by GSA.