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Budget request gives DHS consolidation big boost

Mar. 4, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
The under construction fitness center at DHS headquarters on the St. Elizabeth's Hospital campus .May 15, 2013 in Washington DC Thomas Brown/Staff
The under construction fitness center at DHS headquarters on the St. Elizabeth's Hospital campus .May 15, 2013 in Washington DC Thomas Brown/Staff (Staff)

The effort to consolidate the Department of Homeland Security in southeast Washington will see a boost under the administration’s 2015 budget request.

The General Services Administration — which oversees construction on the project — will receive $250 million for the project for fiscal 2015. That is on top of another $155 million approved by Congress in January for the project.

The consolidation of DHS onto the St. Elizabeths campus has been plagued by years of congressional budget cuts. The initial plan called for $3.45 billion to consolidate DHS operations on the site by the end of fiscal 2016.

But delays have driven up the cost to $4.06 billion and will drag out completion to fiscal 2022 at the earliest, according to department estimates.

Other projects in GSA’s funding request include:

■$217 million for the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry expansion project in San Diego, Calif.

■$98 million for the Calexico West Land Port of Entry project in Calexico, Calif.

■$35 million for a civilian cyber campus in the Washington area.

GSA would also receive $1.2 billion for repairs and renovations on existing facilities across the country, including $150 million for continued renovations to the Herbert Hoover Federal Building in Washington, D.C.

The agency would also receive $100 million to help consolidate agency footprints and shrink spending on costly leasing activities.■

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