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May 8, 2006

TSA seeks a fitness center manager

Filed under: Aviation Security — by Christian Beckner on May 8, 2006

Fedbizopps has released a series of documents related to a request for proposals by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the management of their fitness center at TSA’s headquarters in Pentagon City. The request notes that the fitness center currently has only 220 dues-paying members; the annual membership fee is $312/year, which implies that total annual revenue is $68,640. Nevertheless, the request notes that TSA’s goal is for the fitness center “to be self-sustaining”…something that won’t be easy at that revenue level.

According to this DHS Inspector General report, the initial cost of this fitness center was $650,000 – an expense that was fully vetted by DHS, in contrast with the gym at the Transportation Security Operations Center (TSOC) in Herndon, which was chastised in the same IG report, as noted in this Washington Post story.

I don’t have any objection in principle to government offices having their own fitness centers; it’s a good investment to the extent that it increases employee productivity and allows them to utilize their time effectively. But with only 220 dues-paying members at the TSA gym, it needs to be asked: might it not be better to utilize the Bally’s Total Fitness that is 1.5 blocks away from TSA headquarters instead?

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