Agency Snapshot: U.S. Agency for International Development

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) advances United States foreign policy throughout the world by promoting broadly shared economic prosperity, strengthening democracy and good governance, improving global health, helping societies to prevent and recover from conflicts, and providing humanitarian relief in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. The agency’s budgetary resources are used to support economic and social development, in addition to human security and well-being in partnership with local governments, private voluntary organizations, universities, businesses, international agencies, and other governments to build stronger, more stable societies that respond to the needs of their people. Like other agencies, it is committed to pursuing this important mission while managing and accounting for its finances effectively, using only property it needs, and utilizing it to the maximum extent.


U.S. Agency for International Development Freeze the Footprint Baseline

In FY 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s total office and warehouse square footage was 0 square feet - an actual decrease of 786,259 since FY 2013.

Agency FY 2012 SF Baseline FY 2013 Total SF FY 2014 Total SF FY 2015 Total SF SF Change FY2012 Baseline to FY2015
USAID 786,259 789,634 834,417 0 -786,259

U.S. Agency for International Development Freeze the Footprint Projects

Project Project Type Description Location: City, State Start Date Projected Start Date Actual Completion Date Projected Completion Date Actual Space Reduction Planned (SF) Space Reduction Actual (SF)
Increasing Workplace Efficiencies at the Ronald Reagan Building (pilot) Space Redesign/ Reconfiguration of existing space

In 2011, USAID began planning a pilot project on the 7th floor of the RRB to implement new design concepts to increase utilization and collaborative spaces in a modern workplace environment. Phase One of the pilot project was completed in early 2013 and established lessons learned for creating a more efficient workplace. USAID was able to accommodate an additional 50+ persons in the same space footprint, while also increasing the number of meeting rooms, from three to fifteen, creating more opportunities for collaboration among staff. Phase Two is now underway and is expected to be completed in 2015. The space redesign figure captures USAID's increased efficiencies that allow it to meet increasing demand for space; a key tenet of Freeze the Footprint policy.

Washington, DC 12/01/11 12/01/11 01/01/15 Pending 22,606 Pending
Collocating Command and Control Centers Space Redesign/ Reconfiguration of existing space

When the onsite data center was consolidated and moved to an offsite shared-service location, USAID took advantage of the contiguous space to design a central command and control center, known as the ?Ops Center,? to collocate emergency response teams. This project has been fully integrated with the design of the 7th floor workplace efficiency project. This new operations space will allow the Agency to consolidate other spaces used on a temporary basis into a single footprint with higher utilization.

Washington, DC 01/01/13 01/01/13 01/01/14 Pending 12,611 Pending
Consolidation with the Small Task Area Rapid Transformation (START) Program Space Redesign/ Reconfiguration of existing space

USAID is challenged with providing space management services to a dynamic organization in parallel with the phasing in of space improvements at the RRB. The goal is to provide configuration solutions that allow operating units to grow-in-place while neither expanding the footprint nor incurring significant construction costs. Two initial projects have been successfully implemented and the lessons learned from these projects are being used to inform future projects. The START team recently completed a project for a Bureau in which the team was able to increase seating capacity by 50% by adding 25 more seats into the existing space. The team reused much of the existing structures, thus completing the project for less than half of the cost of a typical furniture configuration solution. The next START project will increase the number of desks in that footprint from 126 to 153, saving the Agency space that otherwise would have to be acquired to meet the additional demand.

Washington, DC 09/01/14 Pending 01/01/15 Pending 4,806 Pending