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GSA moves forward with DHS consolidation

Jun. 18, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
The 'Center Building' at DHS's St. Elizabeth campus will become DHS's new HQ.
The 'Center Building' at DHS's St. Elizabeth campus will become DHS's new HQ. (Thomas Brown/Staff)

The General Services Administration issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) June 16 for the construction of the Department of Homeland Security headquarters in southeast Washington.

The $140 million contract is for the “Center Building” on the 176-acre St. Elizabeth’s campus that will house the secretary and headquarter administrative functions. The completion date for the project is July 1, 2017.GSA expects to award the contract in August.

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.

PREVIOUSLY: GSA gears up for next phase of DHS consolidation

Congress authorized in January $155 million for GSA to finish the next phase of the consolidation – which would bring more than 14,000 employees to the campus.

The first phase of the consolidation – the new Coast Guard headquarters – was completed and occupied by the Coast Guard last year. DHS plans to consolidate more than 14,000 employees from dozens of offices on to the new campus once it is completed.

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