A year after Mayor Vincent C. Gray established the Department of General Services (DGS) to create efficiencies across the construction and management District’s portfolio of assets, the Agency has completed all merger activities, confirmed Brian J. Hanlon as the Director and made great strides in elevating the quality of life in the District. The Agency officially came into being on October 1st, 2011 as the combined result of predecessor the agencies Department of Real Estate Services (DRES), the Office of Public Education Facilities Management (OPEFM) and certain departments and functions of other sister agencies such as the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Department of Mayor (DMPED).
The Agency has already received recognition for its work in the Sustainability sector, being awarded first place in the country for the EPA's Green Power Community Challenge by doubling its green power purchasing and moving to 100 percent of the District government’s electricity usage coming from green sources. Additionally, in April of this year, the District of Columbia’s Stoddert School, which was modernized by DGS, was chosen as the first-ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.
The Department of General Services prides itself on superior construction, first-rate maintenance and expert real estate management. By building and maintaining safe and green state-of-the-art facilities which foster economic growth and elevate educational environments, our trusted and skillful employees create modern and vibrant communities across all of the District of Columbia.