GSA Helps IRS Save Over $1M Annually in Rent

Using a fully-integrated project management approach, GSA was able to help the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reduce their office space at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco by nearly 40 percent. This space reduction will save the IRS $1.2 million annually in rent.

The IRS building's new open space office.
The IRS building’s new open space office.

The project incorporated IRS’s national workplace standards and includes desk sharing and hoteling workspace to encourage a flexible work culture and the effective use of mobile technologies. These standards are being applied across the IRS real estate portfolio resulting in significant space reduction and rent savings. This program compliments GSA’s workplace transformation efforts and has the potential to serve as a model for other federal agencies seeking to reduce space, meet sustainability goals, and save taxpayer dollars.

This project also served as a pilot for using GSA’s Furniture and Information Technology (FIT) funding program. The FIT program is a term agreement that spreads the purchase cost of furniture and IT installed in federally-owned or leased space over a 5-year period. By taking advantage of GSA’s FIT funding model, the IRS was able to offset initial project costs.

The GSA project team was innovative in their approach to finding solutions to procure design, construction, furniture, data and security systems within a quick,10-month time frame. This project was a seamless collaboration between GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service and Public Buildings Service and IRS.

While much of the project’s furniture savings resulted from reusing the IRS’ existing systems furniture, GSA’s Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center (IWAC) purchased manufactured partition assemblies and mobile storage to augment the reconfigured furniture design and FAS Personal Property Management helped IRS dispose of their excess property.

GSA has created tools, such as the FIT program, to help agencies capture underutilized space and right-size their portfolio to save taxpayer dollars. To learn more about how we can help reduce and modernize your federal workplace, click here.