The General Services Administration and the Department of Homeland Security have updated space standards and workplace strategies for a new DHS complex being constructed in Washington, GovExec reported Thursday.
Charles Clark writes the modified plan could lower the project’s estimated cost from $4.5 billion to $3.7 billion and allow the project to be completed in 2021, instead of the previously expected date of 2026.
“The Enhanced Plan developed by DHS and GSA proposes to save money by reducing overall construction at St. Elizabeths and the space requirements at other locations,” Ginette Magana, a DHS spokesperson, told GovExec.
DHS would also be able to house more staff members and agency components on its future headquarters if the proposal is approved, according to GovExec.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told the Washington Post last week the DHS HQ cost-saving strategy marks “a positive step.”
“The committee will continue to review this new plan to ensure taxpayer dollars are safeguarded,” McCaul added, according to Washington Post reporter Jerry Markon.