Statement by Acting Administrator, Katy Kale, on the President’s FY22 Discretionary Funding Request
April 9, 2021
President Outlines Proposal for Critical Infrastructure Investments, Electrification of the Federal Fleet
WASHINGTON—The Biden-Harris Administration today submitted to Congress the President’s priorities for fiscal year 2022 discretionary spending. The funding request for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) includes key investments in the nation’s infrastructure, improving the sustainability and resilience of the nation’s public buildings, electrifying the federal vehicle fleet, and strengthening the cybersecurity posture of the federal government.
“These funds will allow GSA to support the Administration’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis, promote economic opportunity, and strengthen federal cybersecurity,” said Acting Administrator Katy Kale. “These critical investments will enhance support to federal agencies and the public, while making our nation’s infrastructure more secure and sustainable.”
The President’s FY22 discretionary request:
Improves Federal Buildings, Including Key Investments in Response to Climate Change. The Budget includes $2 billion for necessary federally owned buildings, courthouses and land ports of entry construction, repairs, and alterations projects that will provide more efficient office space for agencies to execute their mission; help to withstand the impacts of climate change; and reduce the federal government’s carbon footprint. The discretionary request also includes $364 million for the GSA Federal Buildings Fund, above the estimated receipt level, to support additional repair and alteration projects that have been delayed due to chronic underfunding over the last decade. This amount also includes $100 million for a special program dedicated exclusively to furthering climate resilience goals.
Electrifies the Federal Vehicle Fleet. The Budget includes $300 million for GSA to purchase electric vehicles and charging infrastructure and includes an additional $300 million for other federal agencies to support their transition to an electric federal fleet, build charging infrastructure, and reduce carbon emissions. The money provided to GSA is also available for the same purposes for its leased fleet of over 200,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, and buses, the majority of which run on gasoline. The investment serves as a down payment on a multi-year transformation of the federal fleet along with additional Administration initiatives to help position the United States as the global leader in electric vehicles manufacturing.
Strengthens Federal Cybersecurity. COVID-19 and the significant cyber incident impacting agencies through products such as SolarWinds continue to highlight the urgent need to modernize federal technology, with particular emphasis on mission essential systems and citizen-facing digital services. The Budget includes $500 million for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) to strengthen the federal cybersecurity posture and retire antiquated legacy technology systems. The discretionary request for the TMF builds on the $1 billion provided by the American Rescue Plan to launch major new IT and cybersecurity shared services and complete modernization projects at federal agencies.
These discretionary investments reflect just one element of the President’s broader agenda. In the coming months, the Administration will release the President’s Budget, which will present a unified, comprehensive plan to address the overlapping crises we face in a fiscally and economically responsible way.
For more information on the President’s FY22 discretionary funding request, please visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/FY-2022-Discretionary-Request/.
About GSA: GSA provides centralized procurement for the federal government, managing a nationwide real estate portfolio of more than 370 million rentable square feet and overseeing approximately $68 billion in annual contracts. GSA’s mission is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services across government, in support of the Biden-Harris administration’s priorities. For more information, visit: www.gsa.gov and follow us at @USGSA.