The Federal Election Commission could end up relocating its headquarters from 10th and E streets NW as part of a search process now ramping up. The General Services Administration posted a presolicitation to FedBizOpps.gov Wednesday seeking up to 105,000 square feet for the FEC, now based at 999 E St. NW under a lease that expires in September 2017. It is the latest in a small but growing batch of new prospectuses the GSA is pursuing for the federal government’s 2016 fiscal year.
Also in that category of potential leasing deals, which must be authorized by Congress before the GSA can go out and officially seek new space, is the search for a new headquarters for the Federal Communications Commission that was posted to FedBizOpps.gov in July.
The FEC now leases nearly 137,000 square feet from Douglas Development Corp. at 999 E St. The new prospectus represents a space reduction for the agency, part of a “Reduce the Footprint” requirement imposed by the Obama administration earlier this year. The reduction mandate, with an eye on cutting costs, is leading increasingly to agencies shifting from older, less-efficient buildings to newer ones rather than just trimming space off their current leases.