Agencies have until May 15 to develop plans to maintain or reduce their current real estate footprints and dispose of excess properties, according to an Office of Management and Budget memo released March 14.
Each agency must adopt a baseline for measurement based on its fiscal 2012 totals and consult with the General Services Administration on how to use technology to consolidate space or increase occupancy, according to the memo.
GSA and OMB will oversee agency efforts to document and control total real estate costs and help agencies reduce expenses and better plan for the future.
OMB controller Danny Werfel said in the memo the GSA will monitor agency efforts and test data to make sure it is accurate. GSA will also provide recommendations to OMB on how agencies can reduce real estate expenses.
Werfel also said agencies should pursue any co-location opportunities within their inventories before looking for new space.
“Each agency should work collaboratively with other agencies and GSA to find opportunities for smarter space usage through co-locations and consolidations,” Werfel said.