The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is saving $24 million a year in real estate costs since it moved its 4,000 Washington, D.C.-based employees from three buildings to one.
The “government’s landlord”—the agency manages Uncle Sam’s facilities—renovated its century-old headquarters building, replacing most private offices with open floor plans. Planners say the open space allows employees to more easily collaborate on projects.
In addition, teleworkers are coordinating their schedules so they’re not all in the office at the same time. They share desks, rather than claiming space that goes unused while they’re working from home.
GSA, which estimates that the government can save more than $1 million a year for every 100 work spaces it eliminates, is working with other federal agencies to redesign their offices to save money through its “Total Workplace” program. Examples:
- The Department of Homeland Security is saving $70 million in real estate costs by reducing rented space, increasing telework and adopting desk sharing.
- USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will whittle its 43 state offices to 12 regional locations, for a $700,000-plus annual savings.
- The Department of Health and Human Services is on track to save $15 million over 10 years by reducing the amount of office space it rents.
Contact: Jackeline Stewart of GSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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