General Services Administration

Opportunities for Cost Savings in the Public Buildings Area Gao ID: T-GGD-95-149 July 13, 1995

As the federal government's principal real estate agent, the General Services Administration (GSA) controls 276 million square feet of general purpose office, storage, and court space that is owned or leased to support agencies' missions. GSA expects to spent almost $7 billion in fiscal year 1995 to provide facilities and related services to federal agencies. This testimony focuses on potential cost savings in the public buildings areas. GAO discusses (1) several factors that impede GSA's ability to acquire and manage federal office space in the most cost-effective manner, (2) GAO's recent report (GAO/GGD-95-48, Feb. 27, 1995) on how a more businesslike approach to GSA' leading processing could reduce costs and improve performance, and (3) GSA' overall efforts to realize cost savings and improve support services to federal agencies by reforming its operations and organization.

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