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Infrastructure to Support Critical Agency Operations

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GSA Rent + 10,468,000 and White Oak +3,797,000 in Budget Authority
-$2,950,000 in Buildings and Facilities

 

Why is this initiative necessary?

The proposed increase will allow FDA to improve management and provide for rising GSA rent, Other Rent and Rent-Related, and White Oak costs without redirecting resources from core, mission-critical public health activities. 

 

GSA Rent, White Oak and Buildings and Facilities Funding History
Program FY 2005
Actual
FY 2006
Enacted
FY 2007
Estimate
+/-
FY 2006
GSA Rent $127,495,000 $133,677,000 $146,013,000 +$12,336,000
Budget Authority
$113,479,000
$116,403,000
$126,871,000
+$10,468,00
User Fee
$14,016,000
$17,274,000
$19,142,000
+$1,868,000
White Oak $27,938,000 $21,755,000 $33,740,000 +$11,985,000
Budget Authority
$17,846,000
$21,755,000
$25,552,000
+$3,797,000
User Fee 1/
$15,092,000
$0
$8,188,000
+$8,188,000
Buildings and Facilities $2,199,000 $7,920,000 $4,950,000 -$2,970,000

1/ In FY 2005, $12,092,000 FDA used in PDUFA carryover fees and $3,000,000 from FY 2005 PDUFA Collections.  In FY 2007, we plan to use $8,188,000 in PDUFA carryover fees to fund the White Oak Consolidation Project.

 

How does this initiative support Executive Branch public health priorities?

The rental properties that provide office and laboratory space for the Agency's 10,000 employees are essential facilities that allow FDA to perform its vital public health mission.  FDA's consolidation at White Oak directly links to the President's Management Agenda by providing an environment that encourages efficiency, creativity, and superior performance, while strategically using our human capital. 

White Oak will allow FDA to attract and retain premier scientists by enabling them to conduct top-quality work as part of effective product review teams.  Under the expanded e-Government Initiative, the use of the shared data center at White Oak will reduce computer servers from over 700 to as few as 100.  The consolidation at White Oak will also make government citizen-centered, providing a readily identifiable location for citizens to interact with FDA. 

The Buildings and Facilities program supports the repair and maintenance of FDA facilities. This is fundamental to FDA's mission, since specific facilities must be fully accredited in order to support ongoing scientific protocols.  Managing a nationwide inventory of leased and owned real property assets that include a substantial amount of laboratory facilities requires regular repair, improvement and maintenance activities on a preventative, as needed and emergency basis.  Modifying these spaces to accommodate programs and maintaining the buildings as they age allows FDA employees to perform their duties in a safe, healthful and productive work place.

 

What are the risks of not proceeding with the initiative?

It is important that FDA keep its infrastructure strong and provide a highly functional place to perform our regulatory mission.  The inflationary costs associated with GSA rental space and the costs to move to White Oak place pressure on FDA's resources.  In the case of White Oak, if we do not receive full funding for relocating, we will be responsible for paying both the new rent at White Oak and rent on facilities we currently occupy.    

 

What Activities will these funds support?

The agency currently occupies over 6.7 million square feet of GSA space, including parking.  Approximately half of the GSA rent charges for government-owned or GSA-leased space are for facilities in the Washington, DC area.  The largest amounts include charges for the Parklawn complex, Module II in Beltsville, CFSAN's College Park complex, and the newly occupied buildings at the White Oak, Maryland campus.  In addition, FDA-occupied space includes over 200 leased offices, including District Offices, Regional Offices, laboratories, and resident posts that are strategically located across the nations.   

The White Oak campus will replace existing fragmented facilities with new, state-of-the art laboratories, office buildings and support facilities.  To date, over 2,000 employees are onsite at White Oak, and the final phase of the consolidation is currently scheduled for FY 2010.  The proposed increase, along with the base funding and PDUFA carryover funds of $8,188,000, will allow FDA to continue core, mission-critical public health activities.  These resources will provide funding the CDER Office II building, Consolidated Data Center and auxiliary facilities.  These costs include: decommissioning vacated office space; moves; project management services; security; furniture; document management and audio/video equipment, communications equipment; cabling and uninterrupted power supply;  IT engineering support; and, desktop computer preparation and relocation.

The Buildings and Facilities program supports the repair and maintenance of FDA facilities. Managing a nationwide inventory of leased and owned real property assets that include a substantial amount of laboratory facilities requires regular repair, improvement and maintenance activities on a preventive, as needed and emergency basis.  Modifying these spaces to accommodate programs and maintaining the buildings as they age allows FDA employees to perform their duties in a safe, healthful and productive work place. FDA will provide for the repair and maintenance of its facilities through the FY 2007 Budget request of $4,950,000 and remaining unobligated balances.

 

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