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Freeze the Footprint Policy Enacted for Government Savings

freeze the footprint policyDue to cost constraints and a Presidential order, the Federal government is freezing its square footage footprint. Under the new “Freeze the Footprint” policy, federal agencies have been instructed that further office and storage growth must be offset by a reduction in other space, with the goal of cost savings through better real estate management. Federal agencies have until May 15th to submit their plans for maintaining their office and warehouse space over the next three years.

Agency plans will focus on four main issues. First, they will need to address how their FY2012 footprint will be maintained. FY2012 baseline total square footage is being tallied through the combination of the Federal Real Property Profile data, GSA Occupancy Agreements, and agency leasing agreements for those agencies with independent leasing authority. Second, they will need to provide an analysis on how future costs will be controlled. Next a breakdown of how office and storage space is being efficiently utilized will need to be presented. Lastly, they will need to explain the internal controls in place to manage and oversee their three year plans.

Monitoring of the agencies’ footprint of office and storage space will be the responsibility of The Office of Management Budget (OMB) and the General Services Administration (GSA). Agencies will be required to submit annual reports on how they are managing and using properties, with annual compliance reviews being handled by the OMB. All data will be posted at www.performance.gov.

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