INTER-AGENCY PARTNERSHIPS MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE FEDERAL HISTORIC PROPERTIES Several agencies reported on unique partnerships with fellow agencies that leveraged federal resources and produced cost savings for the federal government.
›› GSA encourages customer agencies to leverage the value of the existing GSA-owned building by supplementing, rather than replacing, well-constructed historic buildings with new construction. Savings passed on to customer agencies as reduced rents remain a significant factor in their decisions to support options that reuse historic buildings. Specifically GSA has • repurposed the Frank E. Moss U.S. Courthouse (Salt Lake City, Utah) to house the U.S. bankruptcy court and other federal agencies, reducing the agency’s reliance on leasing nonfederal property at an annual savings of $4.4 million; and • consolidated regional offices of VA, Department of Labor, and Department of Education in the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building (Cleveland, Ohio), which will save the government more than $1.1 million in annual leasing costs of nonfederal property. ›› The BLM South Dakota Field Office partnered with the USFS Region 1 to restore the Long Stone Building, a historic munitions structure within the Fort Meade Military Fort Historic District. Recent preservation measures at the building include replacing the deteriorating tin roof and rotted support boards and repointing historic rock and concrete stairs leading to the nine-room building. Rehabilitation of this structure will contribute to promotion of public education and recreational experiences at this historic site. ›› USIBWC maintains Memoranda of Understanding with NPS and USFS to aid in meeting responsibilities regarding USIBWC historic properties by increasing monitoring and inspection. These partnerships have helped to educate staff in these areas about the integrity of historic properties, Sections 106 and 110 of the NHPA, and how they can take a personal responsibility in protection and monitoring for the USIBWC.
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