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20 Federal Buildings Honored as Nation’s Top in Design and Architecture

May 8, 2014 Comments off

20 Federal Buildings Honored as Nation’s Top in Design and Architecture
Source: General Services Administration (GSA)

Today the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and its private-sector partners honored 20 federal buildings that represent the agency’s best recent efforts in design and architecture at the GSA Design Awards ceremony, held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. The GSA Design Awards are the hallmark of the agency’s Design Excellence program, and today’s event showcases top projects and sets new standards for future federal investment.

GSA holds the program every two years to honor the accomplishments of talented federal employees, architects, engineers, landscape architects, urban designers, interior designers, artists, conservationists, and preservationists who create and preserve the nation’s landmarks. The GSA Design Awards recognizes outstanding achievements in GSA buildings across the country.

A jury of private-sector professionals chaired by architect Henry N. Cobb reviewed more than 80 projects for this cycle of the GSA Design Awards. Projects were submitted in two categories—completed works and designs not yet realized—and jurors evaluated entries for quality in architecture, preservation, engineering, art, interiors, urban planning, graphic design, and landscape. Projects that were eligible for the awards were those with approved concept designs or construction completed between 2008 and 2013. The program is open to contract design professionals, artists, and organizations that completed projects for GSA.

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2013 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (published December 2013)

April 1, 2014 Comments off

2013 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (PDF)
Source: U.S. General Services Administration

Did you know that the U.S. Government offers more than 2,200 Federal assistance programs to the American public? It does, and these programs serve a variety of purposes and provide a range of benefits to state and local governments, non-profit organizations, institutions, and individuals.

The one characteristic shared by these Federal assistance programs is their goal of supporting the American public. The benefits available through these programs include, but are not limited to, financial assistance and the exchange of property or services.

With so many Federal assistance programs and services available, it can be understandably difficult to keep track of them all or know where to start when looking for assistance. That’s where the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance — known fondly as the CFDA– comes into play! The General Services Administration maintains a database of all of these programs and publishes a comprehensive guide to the programs annually.

Searchable online edition available.

New From the GAO

March 20, 2014 Comments off

New GAO Report
Source: Government Accountability Office

General Services Administration: GSA Should Clarify Its Reporting Exemption and Collect Additional Data on Executives’ Use of Aircraft for Nonmission Purposes. GAO-14-151, February 28.
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-151
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661253.pdf

New via USA.gov — 2014 Consumer Action Handbook

March 12, 2014 Comments off

2014 Consumer Action Handbook
Source: U.S. General Services Administration, Federal Citizen Information Center

NEW 2014 Edition! Use the Consumer Action Handbook (CAH) to get help with consumer purchases, problems and complaints. Find consumer contacts at hundreds of companies and trade associations, local, state, and federal government agencies, national consumer organizations, and more.

Hat tip: PW

Consumer Information Catalog – New 2014 Winter/Spring Edition

January 15, 2014 Comments off

Consumer Information Catalog – New 2014 Winter/Spring Edition
Source: Federal Citizen Information Center

The Consumer Information Catalog lists approximately 200 free and low-cost publications available to you from various federal agencies. The publications cover topics such as money, health, employment, housing, federal programs, education and travel.

USA.gov — 2013 Consumer Action Handbook

May 1, 2013 Comments off

2013 Consumer Action Handbook (PDF)

Source: General Services Administration

This everyday guide to being a smart shopper is full of helpful tips about preventing identity theft, understanding credit, filing a consumer complaint, and more.

Also available online, or you can order a dead.tree version.

2012 Consumer Action Handbook

July 9, 2012 Comments off

2012 Consumer Action Handbook (PDF)
Source: U.S. General Services Administration

This everyday guide to being a smart shopper is full of helpful tips about preventing identity theft, understanding credit, filing a consumer complaint, and more. Use the margins to make notes, write questions, or record other useful information. The information and resources you’ll need are arranged as follows:

PART I—BE A SAVVY CONSUMER Read this section for advice before you make a purchase. To quickly locate specific topics and information, look in the Table of Contents and Index (p. 147).

PART II—FIlING A COMPLAINT Turn to this section for suggestions on resolving consumer problems. The sample complaint letter on page 57 will help you present your case.

PART III—KEY INFORMATION RESOURCES Look here for a list of public resources and contact information.

PART IV—CONSUMER ASSISTANCE DIRECToRY Here you’ll find contact information for corporate offices, consumer organizations, trade groups, government agencies, and more.

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