NEW DHS HEADQUARTERS GOING BILLIONS OVER BUDGET!

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The new Department of Homeland Security headquarters was the topic of a recent House Committee on Homeland Security hearing. The headquarters is being built to consolidate the employees in the DC area into one secure facility. As with all grand government projects, the project has become a money pit that will make every liberal happy because the government is wasting billions in the name of an expanded police state.

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What the plan was

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Here, via the testimony of Mr. David Maurer, Director Homeland Security and Justice, U.S. Government Accountability Office, is what the plan was supposed to be.

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee: I am pleased to be here today to discuss our report, which is being released today, on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters consolidation project at St. Elizabeths Campus in Washington, D.C. The $4.5 billion construction project, managed by DHS and the General Services Administration (GSA), is the centerpiece of DHS’s larger effort to manage and consolidate its workforce of over 20,000 in the National Capital Region (NCR). As conceived in 2006, the federally owned St. Elizabeths site was designed to consolidate DHS’s executive leadership, operational management, and other personnel at one secure location rather than at multiple locations throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Specifically, DHS envisioned moving about 14,000 staff to the new headquarters facility and housing its remaining personnel in other consolidated spaces across the region. With a current projected completion date of 2026, the St. Elizabeths project is intended to provide DHS a secure facility to allow for more efficient incident management response and command-and-control operations, and also provide long-term cost savings by reducing reliance on leased space.

What it has turned into

Here, via further testimony of Director Maurer, is what has started happening.

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From fiscal year 2006 through fiscal year 2014, theSt. Elizabeths consolidation project had received $494.8 million through DHS appropriations and $1.1 billion through GSA appropriations, for a total of over $1.5 billion. However, from fiscal year 2009—when construction began—through the time of the fiscal year 2014 appropriation, the gap between requested and received funding was over $1.6 billion. According to DHS and GSA officials, this gap created cost escalations of over $1 billion and schedule delays of over 10 years.

Go figure that the DHS is involved in something like this. Most likely, nothing will be done to actually fix the boondoggle that is the Department of Homeland Security, as they are supposedly making us safer.

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