GSA has issued a bulletin “clarifying the process for meeting federal space needs” in light of changes since the most recent update more than a decade ago, including a recent executive order to steer more federal building construction and leases to “opportunity zones” and other distressed communities.
Bulletin FMR B-52 “provides notice to federal agencies that they must incorporate the provisions of E.O. 13946 into their policies and procedures when making such decisions.”
The recent order, following an order of 2018 creating the “opportunity zone” program, seeks to spur economic activity in them and save on costs to the government versus the traditional approach of locating federal offices in more densely populated areas.
The bulletin also revises definitions of various terms used in the site selection process as well as clarifying responsibilities of federal officials to consult with local officials when making real estate decisions.