FY2016 Appropriations Act Includes Critical Investments in the Nation’s Public Buildings
WASHINGTON – On Friday, President Obama signed into law a bipartisan appropriations bill that lifts sequestration and allows for critical investments in areas that grow our economy. The funding budget agreement provides a significant investment in the Federal Buildings Fund, an account used to invest in major repairs and alterations to federal buildings and to partially offset costs of constructing new federal buildings. This funding will allow GSA to make investments in our nation’s infrastructure and harness our ability to serve as an economic catalyst for growth in local communities.
“The agreement gives us the opportunity to build on the progress we have made in recent years,” said GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth. “We look forward to continue to provide our federal agency partners the services and facilities they need to fulfill their missions.”
The funding agreement provides $10.2 billion for GSA’s Federal Buildings Fund, fully funding the St. Elizabeth’s Department of Homeland Security Headquarters consolidation project. In addition, it will help GSA undertake two important Land Ports of Entry projects in Alexandria Bay, N.Y. and Columbus, N.M., which will improve the security of our nation’s borders and support expanded commerce and trade activities. Finally, the bill also provides for court house improvement projects.
The agreement also includes more than $240 million for GSA’s appropriated programs. This includes $58 million for the Office of Government-wide Policy to develop policies and tools to drive savings and effectiveness. It also contains $56 million for the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies and 18F to deliver technology services to help federal agencies serve the American people as effectively and efficiently as possible. These funds will be used to support GSA’s efforts to be a proactive federal partner and provide superior service and value to the American people.