Annually, approximately 10% of SSA's field offices must relocate to a new location when the lease expires at the current location. These relocations are extremely costly--SSA is required to pay GSA an 8% fee to find available space. If suitable vacant building space can't be found, a contract is awarded and a new building is built within the service area. Basically, taxpayer dollars are being used to build a building... more »
Review all office space requirements and reduce office space authorizations accordingly, eliminate unnecessary rented facilities first! In the DoD I have personnally seen organization leadership "empire build" by claiming space and moving people in vacant rooms when they already have more than enough space. There is one current squadron commander that has over 54,000sq ft of space for less than 100 people and yet he... more »
Building south facing construction in cooler climates to take advantage of passive solar gain. This would cut down on heating costs by effectively using the natural energy to aid in heating the buildings.
STOP making construction companies and building management companies RICH! Use the existing government-owned buildings. Let GSA do what they were created to do. Manage the Government-Owned Buildings. Stop allowing these beautiful historical and government-owned locations get runned down. Stop paying rent when it isn't necessary. Fix up the old buildings or build new ones on the already owned government property.... more »
Generate money by selling advertising space to the highest bidder. Everyone else does it, why not the government?
Since the work station space allowances in 41 CFR 101-17.304 have been eliminated executive agencies have doubled the size of administrative office space, thus significantly increasing the amount that the Federal government spends on Office Space. There was a table that specified the amount of office space developed to house office elements of executive agencies. The Table was as follows: GS 1-6, 60 sq ft GS 7 -11 (non... more »
PV Paybacks are long especially if all costs are considered and not what is spent by the agency (subsidies just take money from other investment opportunities with potentially greater paybacks). With that said, if we are going to do it don't do it on roofs. We have enough problems with roofs and installing PV panels on them will probably make them worse. Also roof replacements become very expensive if PV panels must... more »
The government should invest in technology that can save money while doing nothing. Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology is being tested and has proven to save electricity over a life of a vehicle. Tens, Hundreds, even thousands of cars are parked in lots across Government buildings. Employees or any visitors could plug their V2G car into the the parking lot and save money. Electricity costs will rise until the cost of... more »
A majority of the energy cost in my home is due to heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. I would assume that a massive amount of federal money goes to heating and cooling office space. Current dress codes and customs suggest that a person should dress exactly the same in both winter and summer. This requires more heating/cooling costs for buildings as they try to reach 70 degrees for every work day. Instead,... more »
Roofing Projects for new government buildings and for Repairing existing government buildings is expensive, but it would Save a lot of money over time if we added Solar Panels at the same time as roof work is being contracted. The installation costs would be reduced greatly and the electrical savings would more than make up for the smaller construction cost over time and would lower our dependence on energy. It would... more »