WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) released data showing why fully funding the St. Elizabeths Enhanced Plan in FY16 is the right decision. Using GSA’s Total Workplace strategies, the Enhanced Plan cuts construction costs by $800 million and saves taxpayers an estimated $1.2 billion over 30 years when compared to the best alternative commercial lease option. The plan also increases the number of personnel housed by 3,000 and dramatically reduces DHS’s real estate footprint. If federal funding is on schedule, the Enhanced Plan will lead to St. Elizabeths consolidation in 2021, five years sooner than the previous plan.
From GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth:
“The Enhanced Plan takes a smart investment in underutilized federal space and makes it even better. Incorporating the latest space planning and technology solutions, GSA and DHS will be able to cut costs, reduce square footage, and deliver this project faster — saving taxpayers $1.2 billion over 30 years. In keeping with the Obama Administration’s reduce the footprint policy, the consolidation will allow us to cut the federal footprint by 1.8 million square feet and completely reverse DHS’s leased-to-owned ratio. The DHS headquarters consolidation is more than halfway complete, and fully funding the Enhanced Plan in FY16 would get us closer to the finish line.”