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GSA construction sees boost under 2014 budget bill

Jan. 14, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

The General Services Administration will receive more than $1.5 billion to build new facilities and repair existing ones under a full-year appropriations bill to be voted on in the House this week.

The legislation would authorize $506 million for new construction to finish the San Ysidro land port of entry in California, the Denver Federal Center and the FBI complex in San Juan Puerto Rico.

The legislation also authorizes $155 million to finish the next phase of the consolidation of the Department of Homeland Security on the site of the former St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Washington.

GSA would also be able to spend more than $1 billion to repair and renovate existing facilities, according to the legislation. That includes $70 million to consolidate federal offices and agencies.

GSA has struggled with congressional budget cuts over the last few years, with its new construction budget slashed nearly 90 percent since 2010 – from more than $800 million in 2010 to $56 million in recent years.

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