Fact Friday: FY14 Climate Change Risk Management Plan

450486987aThe U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) FY14 Climate Change Risk Management Plan contains specific actions to guide the agency in building the capabilities, capacity, and confidence it needs to address the risks faced by the agency in a changing climate. The plan outlines identified risks and barriers to overcome, and actions that have been taken and will be taken to address the risks and barriers.  Based on activities GSA has completed with its stakeholders over the past several years, the agency received the GreenGov Presidential Award in the Climate Champion category at a White House ceremony in November 2013.

Key highlights from the FY14 plan include:

  • A GSA commissioned study found that climate change poses significant risk to the telecommunications and data center services sectors, and while some solutions exist, more work needs to be done.  These services are deemed mission critical by GSA’s customers and also comprise up to $20 billion dollars in value to the federal government.  In response to these findings, GSA will develop a series of regional fact sheets for acquisition staff, customer agencies, and applicable vendors to begin jointly exploring ways the procurement process can be utilized to minimize climate-related interruptions.
  • A Request for Information gathered market research information on climate change adaptation support services and found that a capable marketplace exists for this emerging yet growing market.  Based on this information, GSA is updating its offering descriptions to ensure vendors know where to provide these services and customers can easily find and purchase them through GSA’s Multiple Award Schedules.
  • GSA, along with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Global Change Research Program, National Capital Planning Commission, Smithsonian Institution, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, sponsored a series of workshops focused on managing the impacts of climate change on communities, natural systems, and the workforce in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.  As a result, the approximately 20 participating organizations will coordinate to address their shared vulnerabilities and implement strategies to reduce the serious threat climate change poses for the government and economy of the Washington, D.C. area.

In addition, GSA is currently updating its vulnerability assessment to ensure the agency’s climate risk management activities are aligned with the latest climate science provided in the 2014 National Climate Assessment.