A report from Sen. Tom CarperÂ (D-Delaware) estimatesÂ that theÂ Department of Homeland SecurityÂ willÂ save nearly $1.2 billion over 30 years if DHS completes theÂ consolidation ofÂ its headquarters atÂ the St. Elizabeths West campus in Washington, D.C.
The report, titled “DHS Headquarters Consolidation at St. Elizabeths: Better Results for Less Money,” recommends the incoming administration to prioritize the construction of the consolidated DHS headquarters, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs CommitteeÂ said Monday.
Carper said the projectÂ will consolidate leadership and agency personnel as well asÂ multiple DHS entities into one campus in an effort to boostÂ national security and emergencyÂ response coordination.
He also urgedÂ Congress to fully fundÂ President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget request or provideÂ DHS and the General Services Administration with maximum flexibility over the use of available funds.
Obama’s budget request includes $225.6 million toÂ support the St. Elizabeths construction project and another $266.6 million to build a federally-owned headquarters for theÂ Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The DHS HQ consolidationÂ effort has received approximately two-thirds of necessary funds and requires three years of additional funding to complete, the committee said.
The project could be completed in 2021 if fully funded and could incur $70 million in construction delay overages if not funded.