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.
Senior Real Property Officer: John Peevey
USAID uses 6.7 million square feet of space, of which 1 million square feet is federally owned and 5.7 million square feet is leased. The graph to the right shows the type of space USAID has in its inventory. USAID is a global agency with 109 locations in 97 countries around the world. USAID is co-located with the Department of State at 73 embassy compounds, helping to realize synergies thus supporting the “Smart Power” approach through efficient real property management. The “All Others” slice of the graph is made up of numerous minor categories that include laboratories, hospitals, prisons & detention centers and industrial buildings. USAID does not own or operate facilities in “All Others” category.
USAID’s goal for cost savings by the end of the fiscal year 2012 is $130 million. The chart “Progress Towards the Goal” identifies the achievement to date towards the target.
Much of the progress towards the cost savings goal is achieved through accelerated property disposals and avoiding high leasing costs through diligent market analysis and negotiations. As part of the Development Leadership Initiative, USAID adopted an innovative operating model that leverages technology and home office support to reduce the number of foreign service nationals relative to the foreign service officers in overseas missions, thus requiring less space for future growth. In addition, USAID renegotiated terms and rates with landlords to reduce total leasing costs at several locations around the world. USAID is also piloting new workplace designs that increase space efficiencies, allowing the Agency to improve cost metrics while maintaining a high-quality environment that attracts and retains a talented workforce.