Periodically (annual, every 3 yrs, 5 yrs, etc.) internal policy and regulations require GSA to review the programs used to manage Federal Facilities (environmental, security, financial, etc.). GSA invented the MARS program years ago as a comprehensive inspection every 3-5 yrs of each Fed Facility. MARS inspections involve reps from every regional program traveling to and touring each facility to determine how the GSA... more »
Please limit the spam. I went though my inbox and and deleted email and I receive at least 15 emails from various sources within my agency. Several of these sources send out an email every week or even multiple times a week - I can only guess that this happens at every agency.
How much more productive could we be if we weren't having to manage spam sent to ourselves?
Nearly every town located near any post/camp/station/base has a large number of DoD offices located in civilian/GSA office space. Rather than paying rents for these properties, all DoD agency offices located within 30 miles of a post/camp/station/base should be required to re-locate to those locations. Not only would this reduce overhead costs for such off-post facilities, but the security posture of these organizations... more »
Despite presidential mandates to improve the sustainability of federal vehicle fleets, the cost of implementation is a major obstacle. To obtain vehicles like the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt, GSA charges agencies a substantial surcharge of $10,000 or more per vehicle in addition to the monthly lease cost. Furthermore, procuring and installing an electric vehicle charging station is equally as expensive – upwards of $15,000.... more »
There is an agreement between GSA and DHS regarding Federal alarm monitoring: if the property is a GSA space or lease, the alarm monitoring is complimentary. This is not common knowledge. As such, working at the Denver MegaCenter, one of four MegaCenters in America, we are routinely advising agencies that they do not need to pay for monitoring and maintenance through companies like ADT and Siemens because the alarm... more »
I drove by the Department of Education off of Penn Avenue one evening , around 8pm and there were so many lights on in the building I thought it was 8am. All government building lights should switched over to sensored lighting. It was disheartening to see all that money wasted to help people read and there are no people there to read. Let's start DOING!
The U.S. Govt has thousands of vehicles in use across the country. One cost-related item about using these vehicles is that the GSA credit cards do not work at lower cost fueling locations like Costco and a number of grocery retailers. It is not unusual to see fuel prices at these retailers 10 cents or more less per gallon than current GSA credit card retailers like major oil company outlets. This issue has bothered... more »
I have to go to a GSA vendor for vehicle maintenance. The problem is this (recent example): Car is over heating...needs thermostat replacement ($20 part, plus $15 labor from local dealership, and free ten minute diagnostic)...HOWEVER! GSA vendor does the following: diagnostic check: $35, unknown results...replace water pump: $130 for pump, $35 thermostat replacment, $200 labor, shop fee, paperwork cost. Seems wrong?... more »
As fuel costs continue to go up, the cost for shipping goods is increasing. I suggest establishing Government wide contracts that could provided suitable reduced cost shipping. For example, UPS has a account established for the Government that has the ability to save 50 - 80% over commercial shipping through UPS. Specific example a pallet weighing 350 lbs shipped from DC/MD/VA commercially through UPS to Miami FL,... more »
GSA vehicles are cycled for new when the mileage reaches around 60000. Given the improved reliability and high cost of new vehicles, the mileage should be increased to at least 100,000 miles before a new vehicle is ordered.
GSA is allowed to add surcharges on top of GOV contract prices any time, with multiple changes in one year. As with other contracts, the prices should not be subject to change or be able to be added to by charging surcharge fees based upon fluctuation in gas prices until the contract is renewed. The price charged per mile used on the vehicles more than compensates for gasoline used. The government is paying more for... more »
Government agencies are keep GSA afloat by paying more for their leases through GSA. In FY10 over 1/2 of the Federal Building Fund revenues came from 5 top federal agencies.(DOJ $1.6B, DHS $1.6B, FJ $1.1B, DOT $0.8B, and SSA $0.7B) GSA had a net revenue of $548M in FY10. Even when when an agency gets a lease on the economy, they go through GSA and pay a percentage of overhead to keep GSA afloat. If that same agency... more »
My office recently upgraded office chairs, and gave us a list of alowable chairs from GSA. Many of the newer, more active chairs were not listed, so I purchased a yogaball chair online and had it shipped to my office. I love it, it keeps my posture in check and I feel way more productive and healthy. Best of all, instead of the $400-$500 cost of a nice, supportive chair from the GSA list, it was under $100 including shipping!... more »
GSA has a list of "approved" vendors for services and maintenance for vehicles. A common example of inflated cost would be a local prime vendor charges, lets say, $150 for a new tire, balance, rotation, and installation on a GSA "owned" vehicle. If I have to replace that tire, I am limited to this (or similar vendors). The problem is, I can ge the same tire (EXACT SAME TIRE) at Walmart, Goodyear, Pep Boys, and several... more »
Unless strict justification and need is demonstrated, only vehicles with at least 25 mpg should be allowed.