The General Services Administration will be moving ahead with large construction and renovation projects after the passage of a full-year appropriations bill Jan. 17.
The legislation authorized $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 authorized $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 will also spend more than $1 billion to repair and renovate existing facilities, including $70 million to consolidate federal offices and agencies.
“By investing in our public buildings, a smaller federal footprint and improved border crossing stations, GSA will not only create savings for the American people, but also assist in providing them with the most efficient and effective government possible,” GSA administrator Dan Tangherlini said in an announcement.
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.