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2014 budget proposal seeks $2.1 billion for construction projects

Apr. 10, 2013 - 01:54PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

The White House is seeking more than $2.1 billion in 2014 for new construction, renovations and property purchases for non-Defense agencies.

More than $816 million would be slated for new construction while about $1.3 billion would be spent on renovation and repairs to existing buildings. The funds are proposed for the General Services Administration, which oversees construction and renovation projects for non-Defense agencies.

The increases would be far more than the $56 million for new construction and $280 million in renovations that GSA received in each of fiscal 2012 and 2013.

GSA would receive $261 million to continue the long-delayed headquarters complex for the Department of Homeland Security in Southeast Washington and more than $108 million to build a records complex for the FBI in Winchester, Va.

The initial DHS consolidation plan called for the $3.45 billion project to be completed in 2016, but repeated congressional funding cuts have driven up the cost of the project to at least $4.06 billion and pushed completion to 2022.

While the Coast Guard will be able to move into its completed headquarters on the site as scheduled this summer, dozens of other planned DHS buildings will remain unfinished. That means DHS must renew short-term leases throughout the Washington area until employees can move to the headquarters campus.

Under the budget proposal, GSA would be authorized to spend $1.3 billion on 28 separate large-scale renovation projects including courthouses and agency headquarters such as the Interior Department building in Washington.

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