Peace Corps Receives Customer of the Year Award from the GSA

March 25, 1999

Washington, D.C., March 25, 1999—For working so well with the General Services Administration in moving into a new building last year, the Peace Corps this week received the first annual "Customer of the Year Award" from the GSA's National Capital Region. In accepting the award yesterday in a stirring ceremony attended by more than 400 GSA employees, Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan thanked members of the GSA's "Peace Corps Project Team" for their teamwork and dedication that helped keep the move on time and under budget. "We are profoundly grateful to be a partner with the GSA, without whom we could not have had such a smooth move into our beautiful new headquarters," Gearan said.
The new eight-story building, at 1111 20th Street, NW, in downtown Washington, was dedicated last September by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.
The 18 members of GSA's Peace Corps Project Team also were winners in the 1998 Regional Administrator's Awards ceremony, receiving the "Enterprise Award for Seamless Customer Service."
In addition, GSA employee Joel Klotz, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya from 1972-75, received the "Volunteer Service Award" for his volunteer work with the N Street Village in Washington.
Currently, 6,700 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in 80 countries, working to bring clean water to communities, teach children, help start new small businesses, and stop the spread of AIDS. Since 1960, more than 152,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps.

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