Posts Tagged ‘gsa’

Get Ready for the Next Big Development Battle

You thought the McMillan fight was intense?

Feds Look to Trade Two Southwest Buildings for Renovation Work

The federal government is offering up two prime, if outdated, buildings in Southwest D.C. to a developer in exchange for renovation work on the General Services Administration headquarters and the St. Elizabeths campus.
The GSA issued a request for qualifications today for a developer to renovate the GSA headquarters at 1800 F St. NW in order [...]

Head of Feds’ Public Buildings Steps Down

Dorothy Robyn, who oversees the federal government's buildings as the commissioner of the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Services, will step down in March amid a difficult budget environment, the agency announced this morning.
The GSA's image has certainly improved since the fallout of the revelations of a lavish Las Vegas party in 2010, but the agency [...]

Deputy Mayor Concedes D.C. Is “Effectively Ineligible” to Retain FBI

A senior city official has admitted what we already know: D.C. has basically no chance of preventing the Federal Bureau of Investigation from leaving town.
Of course, it's an open question whether D.C. officials really want to retain the FBI, or whether they should. The agency is looking to leave its outdated headquarters, the J. Edgar [...]

Feds Seek FBI Headquarters Sites in D.C. Area

Nearly a year after releasing a plan to move the Federal Bureau of Investigations from the J. Edgar Hoover Building, the General Services Administration today formally kicked off the process to find a new site for the FBI's headquarters.
The GSA, which serves as the landlord for federal government properties, issued a solicitation today for landowners with [...]

Georgetown Heating Plant Officially Sold to Developers

The General Services Administration is trying to shed some unwanted weight. The agency, which serves as the landlord for federal government buildings, is suffering from tight finances, and so it's taking steps to rid itself of properties it doesn't need. In April, a congressional committee held a hearing in a vacant GSA-owned warehouse on L [...]

Feds on L Street Warehouse: A Market Sounds Nice, But Money Sounds Better

A group of Capitol Riverfront residents has been pushing to turn a vacant warehouse at 49 L Street SE into a community amenity called the Half Street Market. But if a congressional hearing there this morning was any indication, they may be facing an uphill battle.
Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who chairs the congressional subpanel on government [...]

GSA Chief: Funding Boost Won’t Reduce Urgency of Southwest Overhaul

In last week's column, I highlighted how belt-tightening in the federal government presented a golden opportunity to the District. With the feds' landlord, the General Services Administration, getting part of the rent it collects diverted to other federal programs, GSA needs to cut costs, and it plans to do so in part by consolidating its [...]

Maryland and Virginia Congressmen Play Tug of War Over FBI HQ

The debate over whether the FBI should move to a new location in the District upon departure from its obsolete headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue NW is murky. But bring suburban jurisdictions into the fray and it becomes a free-for-all.
Five regional representatives testifying before a congressional subcommittee this morning on the relocation of the FBI delivered [...]

The FBI Should Leave D.C., But Stay Near Metro

Over at the Washington Business Journal, Daniel Sernovitz reports that Congress is thinking about dropping the requirement that a new FBI headquarters be within two miles of a Metro station and 2.5 miles of the Beltway. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed a resolution in 2011 authorizing a new consolidated FBI headquarters and [...]