Friday, April 13, 2012

House Committee To Focus On GSA Construction Budget

Already under withering fire for out of control Las Vegas conference expenses, the General Services Administration will face renewed budget scrutiny when the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee begins a round of GSA budget hearings April 17. The Obama administration is requesting $495 million for GSA building renovations in 2013, plus $56 million for new GSA construction. The $551 million requested is already under criticism from Republican committee leaders who have been criticizing GSA for having too many underutilized buildings, in Washington D.C. and across the country.

The House 2013 budget resolution passed March 29 is accompanied by a Budget Committee report including one of several “Illustrative Policy Options” calling for a one year bar on new GSA construction. GSA’s construction fund has been cut from $894 million in 2010 to $82 million in 2011 and a mere $50 million in 2012. The already depressed construction industry will apparently be the one doing penance for the sin city sins of GSA western region officials.

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