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By Rachel Marsden | April 12, 2012
By now you've likely heard about the infamous Las Vegas convention bash during which federal civil servants at the General Services Administration indulged in various frivolities to the tune of $823,000 of your money. That conference featured, among other things, a hired professional clown -- which is like Picasso hiring some guy from out of the Yellow Pages to paint a mural. As with political sex scandals, nothing vaults a fiscal scandal into the headlines faster than photographic or video evidence.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
The federal government began the process Wednesday of selling a 1.1 million square foot complex on North Greene Street in downtown Baltimore that officials expect to be vacant by next year. The massive Metro West facility, located near the University of Maryland Medical Center and Lexington Market, has been the home to about 1,600 Social Security Administration employees since 1980. The agency announced in 2009 it would move to Northwest Baltimore. The General Services Administration said Wednesday it will formally solicit ideas from developers about what to do with the site beginning Aug. 8. The agency said it is particularly interested in exchanging the building for construction and repair services on other federal facilities.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
The federal government began the process Wednesday of selling a 1.1 million square foot complex on North Greene Street in downtown Baltimore that officials expect to be vacant by next year. The massive Metro West facility, located near the University of Maryland Medical Center and Lexington Market, has been the home to about 1,600 Social Security Administration employees since 1980. The agency announced in 2009 it would move to Northwest Baltimore. The General Services Administration said Wednesday it will formally solicit ideas from developers about what to do with the site beginning Aug. 8. The agency said it is particularly interested in exchanging the building for construction and repair services on other federal facilities.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
General Services Administration officials said Wednesday they had received nearly three dozen responses to a request for ideas about a new FBI headquarters, a potentially lucrative development that Maryland leaders hope to land in Prince George's County. State and local officials have been working behind the scenes for months to lure the FBI to Maryland if the agency leaves its 38-year-old headquarters, the J. Edgar Hoover Building, in downtown Washington. The state is competing with Virginia and Washington for the roughly 11,000 jobs associated with the facility.
NEWS
April 19, 2012
The press is having a field day with the General Services Administration "team building" outing in Las Vegas on the taxpayers' dime. However, every day chartered jets land there and other exotic destinations, loaded with employees of corporations doing the same kind of activities and writing it off as a "business expense. " Doctors attend "seminars" at drug company venues with sunny beaches, gambling or golf, all listed as "business expense. " As we all know "business expenses" are deductions from income that means the tax payers are actually paying for the same kind of excess!
NEWS
By Ned Martel and Ned Martel,States News Service | October 20, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Eager to avoid paralyzing labor disputes, federal employee union leaders touted their first "new partnership" with at least one agency's top brass.The General Services Administration and the three largest federal employee unions signed a resolution yesterday to begin regular dialogues with representatives of labor and agency managers.GSA Administrator Roger Johnson, who left the private sector in July to join the government, told the labor leaders that the federal workplace needs to imitate the corporate environment.
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By John M. Biers and John M. Biers,STATES NEWS SERVICE | August 2, 1996
WASHINGTON -- A House panel approved yesterday a General Services Administration study of federal facilities and space needs in the Baltimore region.The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin's request that the GSA perform its first appraisal of federal facilities in the region in eight years.The GSA will assess the size of the agencies in the region, whether they are growing and the cost of consolidating several bTC in one building or keeping them in their current quarters, said GSA Regional Administrator Paul Chistolini.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | May 18, 2001
WASHINGTON - The General Services Administration has found that departing members of the Clinton administration did not vandalize the White House during the presidential transition, as unnamed aides to President Bush and other critics had insisted. Responding to a request from Rep. Bob Barr, a Georgia Republican who asked for an investigation, the GSA found that nothing out of the ordinary had occurred. "The condition of the real property was consistent with what we would expect to encounter when tenants vacate office space after an extended occupancy," according to a GSA statement.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2013
General Services Administration officials said Wednesday they had received nearly three dozen responses to a request for ideas about a new FBI headquarters, a potentially lucrative development that Maryland leaders hope to land in Prince George's County. State and local officials have been working behind the scenes for months to lure the FBI to Maryland if the agency leaves its 38-year-old headquarters, the J. Edgar Hoover Building, in downtown Washington. The state is competing with Virginia and Washington for the roughly 11,000 jobs associated with the facility.
NEWS
By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN REPORTER | October 17, 2007
The U.S. General Services Administration has put the Point No Point Lighthouse up for sale, giving any average citizen with at least a few thousand dollars the chance to own a piece of Chesapeake Bay history. The century-old lighthouse in Southern Maryland is about five nautical miles from Point Lookout and 15 nautical miles south of Solomons Island. The structure is 30 feet around and about 52 feet high, with the keeper's quarters, fuel storage area and lantern room all in one place.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2012
Federal workers aren't the only ones anxious about looming budget cuts. Federal contractors - plentiful in Maryland - have a lot at stake, too. Mark Amtower, who helps companies market products and services to the federal government, thinks there's plenty of reason to worry. The most obvious challenge on the horizon is sequestration - the automatic cuts of $109 billion annually that are due to start in January if Congress cannot agree on deficit reduction. But Amtower sees other changes as well that he says make it more difficult for small companies selling, or hoping to sell, to Uncle Sam. He started his firm, Amtower & Co., in 1985 and runs it from his Highland home with his wife, Mary Ellen.
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Susan Reimer | April 23, 2012
It has been a tough news cycle for taxpayers. Not only did we get a real-time look on April 17 at what we donate to the government, we also are getting a harrowing look at how the government spends it. The General Services Administration, often referred to as the government's personal shopper, blew $822,000 flying 300 of its employees to Las Vegas for a four-day bonding experience that included a clown, a mind-reader and $7,000 worth of sushi....
NEWS
April 19, 2012
The press is having a field day with the General Services Administration "team building" outing in Las Vegas on the taxpayers' dime. However, every day chartered jets land there and other exotic destinations, loaded with employees of corporations doing the same kind of activities and writing it off as a "business expense. " Doctors attend "seminars" at drug company venues with sunny beaches, gambling or golf, all listed as "business expense. " As we all know "business expenses" are deductions from income that means the tax payers are actually paying for the same kind of excess!
NEWS
By Rachel Marsden | April 12, 2012
By now you've likely heard about the infamous Las Vegas convention bash during which federal civil servants at the General Services Administration indulged in various frivolities to the tune of $823,000 of your money. That conference featured, among other things, a hired professional clown -- which is like Picasso hiring some guy from out of the Yellow Pages to paint a mural. As with political sex scandals, nothing vaults a fiscal scandal into the headlines faster than photographic or video evidence.
NEWS
September 4, 2011
There is much excitement in the Frederick County Office of Economic Development these days. Late last month, the federal government purchased vacant land in an industrial park in Urbana on which it will relocate and upgrade the Social Security Administration's data center, currently housed in Woodlawn. The $500 million project is quite a coup for Urbana, a community of fewer than 10,000 people in the midst of rolling farmland off Interstate 270. The relocated data center will not only bring 200 jobs but is expected to generate hundreds more in the private sector.
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2010
A Chevy Chase developer has won a national competition to build a $150 million office complex in Northwest Baltimore to house 1,600 employees of the U.S. Social Security Administration. The new center, expected to open by 2014, will replace the aging Metro West complex on Greene Street in West Baltimore. The U.S. General Services Administration announced Thursday that it had selected the JBG Companies of Chevy Chase to develop the project, one of the largest and most expensive planned for Baltimore over the next several years.
BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Staff Writer | June 26, 1992
The U.S. General Services Administration is looking to move a major warehouse facility to Anne Arundel County from Northern Virginia, in what could become a $5 million lease for the winning developer.The GSA wants to move a Federal Supply Service warehouse from Franconia, Va., in Fairfax County. The service is responsible for the nuts and bolts of government -- "chairs, paintings, pens, paper clips -- you name it," GSA spokesman John Thompson said.Glamorous it's not, but it is a fairly big deal at a time when big deals are hard for developers to find.
BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,Staff Writer | March 5, 1992
Baltimore County officials turned up the heat on the U.S. General Services Administration yesterday, announcing a coalition that will lobby the GSA to keep the Health Care Financing Administration and its 3,000 jobs in Woodlawn.County Executive Roger B. Hayden, Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, R-Md.-2d., and leaders of business groups and the union representing HCFA workers said they are trying to keep the HCFA from bowing to political pressure from city officials and moving into the city.They say officials including Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md.
NEWS
By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN REPORTER | October 17, 2007
The U.S. General Services Administration has put the Point No Point Lighthouse up for sale, giving any average citizen with at least a few thousand dollars the chance to own a piece of Chesapeake Bay history. The century-old lighthouse in Southern Maryland is about five nautical miles from Point Lookout and 15 nautical miles south of Solomons Island. The structure is 30 feet around and about 52 feet high, with the keeper's quarters, fuel storage area and lantern room all in one place.
NEWS
By MELISSA HARRIS | May 12, 2006
The General Services Administration announced this week that it is offering 700 federal workers buyouts in the hope that almost 400 of them will accept. The reason: Two of GSA's divisions, which rely heavily on fees for services provided to other agencies, are operating in the red. Four years ago, this corporate-style downsizing would have been unheard of in federal circles, but according to a recent Government Accountability Office report, it is becoming more common after a 2002 bill allowed agencies to "reshape" rather than merely downsize their staffs.
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