Agency Snapshot: Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) mission is to provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. The vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation’s natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands. USDA’s success lies in our core values of transparency, participation, collaboration, accountability, customer focus, professionalism, and results orientation.


Department of Agriculture Freeze the Footprint Baseline

In FY 2015, the Department of Agriculture’s total office and warehouse square footage was 0 square feet - an actual decrease of 35,928,774 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
USDA 35,928,774 35,495,908 35,373,766 0 -35,928,774

Department of Agriculture 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)
Forest Service Sidney Yates Building Renovation and National Capital Region Consolidation Lease Consolidation

In 2012, the Forest Service?s (FS) Washington Office was leasing a total of 269,290 SF of space in 4 separate buildings, with staff dispersed between Washington, DC and Rosslyn, VA. FS will consolidate its staff into the Sidney Yates Building, adjacent to the USDA Headquarters complex.

Washington DC; Rosslyn, VA 12/01/12 12/01/12 03/01/14 Pending 117,303
Agricultural Research Service Lab Disposals Disposal

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is closing 8 research labs. 5 labs were closed in FY 2013; the others are being reported excess for disposal through GSA with anticipated disposal to occur in FY 2014.

Welsco, TX; Clemson, SC; Lane, OK; Fairbanks, AK; Watkinsville, GA 02/01/12 02/01/12 09/30/13 09/30/13 68,919 68,919
USDA Albuquerque New Mexico Consolidation/Collocation Lease Consolidation

USDA has 4 agencies (APHIS, FSA, RD and NRCS) in GSA-assigned space in Albuquerque, NM totaling 47,794 square feet. Meanwhile FS has a long term lease, expiring in 2025, with some excess capacity. USDA has partnered with GSA?s Workplace Plus initiative to examine potential savings in consolidating these 4 agencies into the FS complex.

Albuquerque, NM 07/25/12 07/25/12 09/30/14 Pending 47,794