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senate Bill S. 1638

More Congressional Oversight for DHS' Headquarters Consolidation Project

Argument in favor

The DHS headquarters project epitomizes all that’s wrong with government-planned construction projects: it’s 10 years behind schedule and ~$1 billion over budget. Congress needs to tighten the reins.

Mart's Opinion
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04/18/2016
Yes, but why is this being built at all? Dismantle DHS!
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SherryTX's Opinion
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04/22/2016
They need more than oversight - heads need to roll.
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Lawrence's Opinion
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04/27/2016
Tighten twins and mandate the executive office fires incompetent management and workers.
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Argument opposed

The DHS and GSA have a handle on the cost overruns and delays with a newly reconfigured plan. Let them move forward with that — without Congress hovering over their shoulder.

GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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04/19/2016
Let'em have the old IRS buildings after eliminating that corrupt agency with a flat tax.
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operaman's Opinion
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04/18/2016
When this boondoggle is bankrupt, stop all work. Or how about a nature walk?
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Alis's Opinion
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04/18/2016
Are you kidding? When has Congressional oversight helped any governmental process become more efficient? The more the gridlocked get involved, the less that is accomplished! Those elected to make a positive difference abdicated their role long ago and stand in the way of anything useful ever happening. STAY IN YOUR LANE! No one needs your assistance in doing absolutely nothing!
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What is Senate Bill S. 1638?

This bill would require the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to report to Congress on the DHS headquarters consolidation project with details on timelines and cost estimates.

Plans to build a headquarters to bring DHS operations and most of its employees under one roof have been in place since 2006. Projected costs for a facility at the time were around $3.45 billion.

However, the project has faced cost overruns and delays, as it is now anticipated to cost closer to $4.5 billion. More money also means more time — the completion date for this project has been pushed back from the end of fiscal year 2016 to 2026.

Under this bill, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) would also have to review the DHS's project cost estimates and schedules and report its findings to Congress.

Impact

DHS operations and employees; contractors and others involved in the HQ construction; the GAO; and Congress.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1638

$500.00 Thousand
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost less than $500,000.

More Information

In-Depth: In an attempt to reduce runaway costs to the project, the General Services Administration — which manages the federal government’s office space, and DHS have reconfigured their plan to reduce cost estimates back down to $3.7 billion. This would be done in part by utilizing more of the historic buildings on the Congress Heights campus, and also by reducing the average amount of space set aside for each worker.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: 
By Lance Cpl. Manuel Estrada - https://www.dvidshub.net/image/904202, Public Domain)

AKA

Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to Congress information on the Department of Homeland Security headquarters consolidation project in the National Capital Region, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • EnactedApril 29th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed April 18th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • The senate Passed April 6th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedJune 18th, 2015

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