FDA Facilities: Planning Efforts for White Oak Campus Should Further Incorporate Leading Practices to Address Ongoing Challenges, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the Highlights: "In 1990, Congress mandated that FDA consolidate its facilities in the national capital area. Consolidation began in 2003. Currently, about 10,500 FDA staff and contractors work in about 3.8 million square feet at the federally owned White Oak campus, which is managed by GSA [General Services Administration]. In 2016, FDA proposed locating an additional 5,900 staff at White Oak by 2020. FDA is in the process of updating the master plan for the White Oak campus. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to examine the status of the White Oak campus. This report examines (1) the benefits and challenges FDA experienced at the White Oak campus; and (2) FDA's plans for the future of the White Oak campus. GAO reviewed planning documents, cost data, Interagency Security Committee standards, and FDA's White Oak facility risk assessment; interviewed FDA and GSA officials; conducted semi-structured group interviews with randomly selected White Oak staff; and assessed FDA's planning in light of leading practices for strategic facilities planning and consolidation. GAO recommends that FDA, in consultation with GSA, (1) implement a vehicle separation system as called for in the 2014 risk assessment; (2) establish strategic linkage between its strategic priorities and its facilities plans; and (3) develop a strategy for collecting and analyzing needed data to inform proposed facilities planning efforts. HHS [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] and GSA concurred with GAO's findings, and HHS concurred with GAO's recommendations."

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