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Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) - Public Overview Meeting Presentation

January 5, 2010


An American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 Project

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Public Project Overview Meeting

Queen Anne’s County High School
Centreville, Maryland
January 5, 2010

Overview Agenda
  • Welcome & Meeting Format
  • Introductions
  • GSA –Background
  • American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • Opportunities
  • Site Selection Process
  • U.S. Dept. of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security
  • Master Planning
  • Public Participation
  • ~ Break ~
  • Questions & Answers

Meeting Agenda

  • Sign-In
  • Stenographer
  • Video Recording by Queen Anne’s County -QACTV
  • Open Press Coverage
  • Comment/Question Cards
  • Questions & Answers


  • Dale Anderson, Deputy Regional Commissioner
  • Ed Myers, Project Executive
  • Gina Gilliam, Public Affairs Officer
  • Katrina Scarpato, Regional Environmental Quality Advisor

U.S. Department of State (DoS)

  • Jeffrey Culver, Director, Diplomatic Security Service
  • Ellyn Goldkind, Project Manager, Bureau of Administration

Architectural/Engineering Consultant (KCCT)

  • Christopher Peoples, Associate / Project Manager

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

  • GSA’s work allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
  • GSA will acquire the site, provide construction procurement, construction management, commissioning and other services necessary to complete the project.
  • GSA’s mission is to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed into law on February 17th, 2009.
  • ARRA appropriated $70 million toward site acquisition and Phase 1 of development.

Construction Opportunities

  • Opportunities for Local Contractors: Federal Business Opportunities (
  • Future Small Business Fairs / Networking Prospects
  • Small business subcontracting goals

Site Selection Process

  • June 29, 2009: GSA posted FBO Announcement.
  • Approximately 30 sites in 5 states evaluated.
  • Sites that best met evaluation criteria at each level were moved forward in the selection process.
  • On November 30, 2009: preferred site identified as Hunt Ray/Crismer Farms.

U.S. Department of State,
Bureau of Diplomatic Security

"The Bureau of Diplomatic Security provides a secure platform for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy."

  • Diplomatic Security (DS) is the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State.
  • DS protects people, property, and information at U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.
  • In the U.S., DS protects the Secretary of State, conducts visa and passport fraud investigations, and provides protection for some visiting foreign dignitaries.


  • Current training is conducted at 19 contracted locations nationwide.
  • Partial consolidation is needed to improve efficiency and meet current facility standards.
  • Establish a facility from which to conduct training for a wide array of law enforcement and security disciplines –train up to 10,000 students per year.
  • The facility will be fully secured and safe within the community in which it resides.


Soft Skills Training

  • Classrooms
  • Administrative Offices
  • Simulation Labs
  • Fitness Center

Hard Skills Training

  • Driving Tracks
  • Indoor | Outdoor Firing and Explosive Ranges
  • Mock Urban Environments
  • Weapons and Explosives Storage

Life Support

  • Student Housing | Dining
  • Medical and Fire | EMS
  • Recreation
  • Logistics


  • Power, Water, Waste
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Telecommunications

Master Planning

  • Three parallel efforts:
    • Site selection
    • Programming
    • Master plan design
  • Architectural and Engineering Consultants
  • Sustainable Design
    • Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED )
  • Environmental and Cultural Resource Assessments
  • Phased implementation: multi-year
    • Phase 1 Design-Build Award: Fall 2010

Site Test Fit

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National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

  • NEPA requires agencies to consider the environmental impacts of proposed actions prior to taking any significant action.
  • GSA will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) that will analyze the impacts of the proposed action on the natural, social, and cultural environments.

National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)

  • NHPA is the core legislation regarding the preservation of historic and cultural properties in the United States.
  • Section 106 of NHPA requires federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties.
  • Consultation has been initiated to assess the effects of the undertaking on historic properties and to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects.

Public Participation

  • Public Scoping Meeting: January 7, 2009
    Queen Anne’s County High School, 6:00 -8:00 pm
    • NEPA Comments
    • NHPA Comments
  • Prepare Environmental Assessment
  • Continue Section 106 Consultation
  • Issue Draft Environmental Assessment

Questions & Answers

Thank You For Joining Us Today

Contact Information

Submit Questions / Comments:
U.S. General Services Administration
Mid-Atlantic Region
Public Affairs (3PA)
20 North 8thStreet
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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