Homeland Securityís New $3.9 Billion Headquarters: "For Meetings"
2013-04-15 0:00

By Devin Leonard | Bloomberg BusinessWeek

President Barack Obama is trying to solve big problems in his proposed 2014 budget. His efforts to curtail entitlement spending have gotten most of the headlines. But he also seems determined to complete the U.S. Department of Homeland Securityís new headquarters, the largest federal construction project since the Pentagon rose in the 1940s. The cost: $3.9 billion.

The project would unite at a single location nearly all DHSís 22 divisions devoted to thwarting terrorists and safeguarding the populace from natural and manmade disasters. The site is the campus of St. Elizabeth Hospital, a former federal asylum that was once the home of poet Ezra Pound and John Hinckley, Ronald Reaganís would-be assassin. There would be 4.5 million square feet of workspace in the new facility and ample employee parking.


The construction site of the Department of Homeland Securityís new headquarters, Feb. 15, 2012, in Washington, DC

The projectís supporters say the price tag is justified. They say itís not easy to get the various DHS divisions to operate in concert with each other if they are scattered throughout the capital area. At the 2009 groundbreaking, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano herself made the case for the agencyís costly new digs: ďIt will help us have meetings. It will help us create a culture of Ďone DHS.íĒ

It didnít take long for the project to become mired in politics. House Republicans, a number of whom see the DHS as an inefficient and fiscally profligate bureaucracy, were loath to fund the new headquarters fully.

[...]

Read the full article at: businessweek.com



New DHS Headquarters is Largest Construction Project in GSA History




The project will be built on the former St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital campus, a National Historic Landmark in Washington, DC.[...]The overall DHS headquarters consolidation is the largest current federal construction project in the US and the largest federal project since construction of the Pentagon. All phases of the construction program, estimated at $3 billion to $4 billion, are scheduled for completion in 2016.

Source: AECOM.com



Related Articles
DHS Contractor Apologizes For Selling Shooting Targets of Children
DHS Looks To Install Microphones In ďUrban AreasĒ That Can Listen to Conversations
DHS To Test Spy Drones For ďPublic SafetyĒ Applications
DHS Releasing Biological Agents Into Subway for íTestí
U.S. overseeing mysterious construction project in Israel : Site 911
White House Big Dig Remains A Mystery As Construction Wraps Up.
In the nationís capital, underground is where itís at
Shadow Government Bunkers: Security Heightened at Underground Storage Facilities
Homeland Security Spending Marked by Waste, Shoddy Oversight


Latest News from our Front Page

Professor: Reason Itself Is A White Male Construct
2015-07-04 3:55
A philosophy and religion professor at Syracuse University gave an interview to The New York Times Thursday in which he critiqued the notion of pure reason as simply being a “white male Euro-Christian construction.” Prof. John Caputo was being interviewed by fellow philosophy professor George Yancy for the 13th installment of an interview series Yancy conducts with philosophers regarding racial topics. Given its emphasis on first principles ...
The Broken Window Fallacy
2015-07-04 3:48
Youtube description: This short video explains one of the most persistent economic fallacies of our day. Source: youtube.com
Jenji Kohan and the Jewish Hyper-Sexualization of Western Culture
2015-07-04 3:33
As detailed in The Culture of Critique, Freud and his followers regarded anti-Semitism was a universal pathology which had its roots in sexual repression. The theoretical basis for this can be found in Freud’s Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality where he linked aggression to the frustration of human drives — especially the sex drive. Kevin MacDonald notes that: ...
Confederate History - Dispelling the Myths
2015-07-03 3:28
History books, the media, the school systems, etc abound in falsehoods and inaccuracies of Confederate and Southern history. This fact sheet will help to clarify and dispell some of these rampant inaccuracies. MYTH - The War of 1861 - 1865 was fought over slavery. FACT - Terribly untrue. The North fought the war over money. Plain ...
Gays Rights May Open Door for Pedophile Rights
2015-07-03 3:31
Democrats have attempted to normalize pedophilia as a sexual orientation. A recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage may soon allow pedophiles to argue they are suffering discrimination. ‚ÄúUsing the same tactics used by ‚Äėgay‚Äô rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals,‚ÄĚ writes Jack Minor ...
More News »