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U.S. Assets Get $9.3B to Spruce Up

Monday, January 27, 2014

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U.S. border crossings and thousands of federal buildings will finally receive some long-overdue maintenance and repairs, green-lighted by the release of $9.3 billion in funds under the new appropriations bill.

The investment—authorized by the Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act—will also allow the U.S. General Services Administration to upgrade and consolidate offices and pay rent on leased buildings, according to an announcement by General Services Administration director Dan Tangherlini.

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General Services Administration

The legislation funds multiple construction projects, including a $155 million plan to consolidate the Department of Homeland Security at the St. Elizabeth’s campus in Washington, DC.

“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,” Tangherlini said in a statement.

President Obama signed the bill (H.R. 3547) into law Jan. 17.

9,000+ Public Buildings

The bill authorizes more than $1 billion for the repair and maintenance of more than 9,000 federal buildings.

The legislation is an important step in restoring GSA’s ability to meet the urgent needs of its real-estate portfolio. The agency said it had to forgo more than $4 billion worth of capital improvements due to consecutive years of reduced funding.


GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini says the funds will help make urgent repairs to the nation's federal building stock.

The legislation funds several construction projects, including $155 million to bring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under one roof at the St. Elizabeth’s campus in Washington, DC.

Port Modernization

GSA’s land port-of-entry modernization projects are also fully funded under the bill.

land port of entry

GSA plans to invest $295 million in critical border crossing and inspection modernization projects that will help expand trade and enhance security.

The projects include:

  • $226 million for the next phase of the San Ysidro Port of Entry in Southern California, the busiest border crossing in the world;
  • $61.6 million to expand and modernize the U.S. Land Port of Entry facilities at the Port of Laredo in Texas; and
  • $7.4 million in the project design phase to expand and modernize the border crossing in Columbus, NM. 

Shrinking Federal Footprint

The legislation also includes $70 million to further GSA’s efforts to consolidate agencies within existing federally owned space.

GSA says this program will save taxpayer dollars by reducing agency dependence on leased space, increase energy and water conservation, and reduce the total amount of space occupied by the government.


Tagged categories: Construction; Funding; General Services Administration; Government; Government contracts; Infrastructure; Retrofits

Comment from Chuck Pease, (1/27/2014, 7:01 PM)

So my question is....... With consolidating the Feds footprint in real estate will that also reduce the amount and size of the Federal government. Reduction in the Fed, Oh My, please do. Washington reminds me of buying a new computer. You get all kinds of apps and software/bloatware that you really dont need and it seems to muck the system up.My name is Chuck Pease and I endorse this comment. Sorry Bill Russel had to burgarlarize your oft used closing statement hope you don't mind.

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