Appropriations

Cyber campus, St. E's funded in 2015

Dan Tangherlini at microphone

GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said spending cuts will largely affect the agency's major repairs and alterations account.

The General Services Administration has money in 2015 to build a civilian cyber campus and to continue development of the Department of Homeland Security's campus headquarters project in Washington, according to its administrator.

The funding was included in the fiscal 2015 omnibus spending bill enacted just before Congress adjourned for the year in December, GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said in a Jan. 6 statement.

The law, he said, includes $144 million in funding for the next phase of the $4.5 billion DHS headquarters consolidation project at St. Elizabeths campus in southeast Washington, D.C. The campus plan has a rocky history. At a House hearing last September, the project came under fire from lawmakers for what they said were extravagant details and "cushy" features such as Brazilian hardwood paneling in some buildings. A Government Accountability Office study released at the hearing said DHS hadn't overseen the project adequately and that funding should be limited.

The $35 million allocated for the GSA's civilian cyber campus is part of a larger pool of $509.7 million earmarked for construction and acquisition, sites and expenses, and associated design services. Tangherlini had requested money in 2014 to combine some public-facing cyber incident response operations under a single multi-agency roof.

GSA's overall appropriation is about 1 percent below fiscal 2014 levels. The reductions, Tangherlini said, largely affect the major repairs and alterations account.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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