With 1,300 members of its workforce already relocated, the Defense Information Systems Agency has moved its headquarters from Arlington, Va., to Fort Meade, Md., which also houses the National Security Agency, according to The Washington Post.
DISA Director Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett said last week 600 more employees would be in place by the end of March, a move that is part of a larger Pentagon base realignment and closure effort. It is expected that by Aug. 1, all the agency’s employees should be at Fort Meade, and the agency plans to shutter its D.C.-area facilities by late August.
The Post noted the agency has become more of a Maryland-based organization; 42 percent of DISA’s workforce now lives in the state, compared to roughly 25 percent in 2009.
Pollett chalked up the increase to more recent recruiting efforts, at which DISA has stressed to applicants that it is moving, as well as relocations by existing workers. He estimated between 3,000 and 4,000 contractors have also moved to the Fort Meade area.
And those hiring efforts will continue, Pollett said, with the agency particularly focusing on young people as potential future employees. DISA has nearly doubled its internship program to include almost 400 positions and is expanding a small program that allows high school students to shadow DISA employees, he said.
In addition, the agency is planning two job fairs in the coming months.
“I think we’re going to continue to see this base transition over the next couple of years,” Pollett said.