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In photo: GSA Regional Administrator and 2016 DFW FEB Chairperson Sylvia Hernandez and FEMA Regional Administrator and 2016 FEB Vice Chairperson Tony Robinson

| Sylvia Hernandez, regional administrator, Greater Southwest Region
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On February 9, President Obama submitted to Congress a fiscal year 2017 budget request that reflects his commitment to making investments in federal infrastructure and transforming how the government manages cybersecurity through the proposal of a $3.1 billion Information Technology Modernization Fund to be managed by GSA.

The proposed infrastructure investments will serve as a catalyst for economic development, promoting growth in communities across the country. Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis to meet with Mayor Joe Hogsett and Representative Andre Carson to discuss how the budget request for GSA will spur local economic development and the critical role that GSA plays in moving our government into the 21st Century.

In Indianapolis, the President’s budget request calls for an $11 million investment for GSA to finish the restoration of the Minton-Capehart Federal Building parking garage. With the President’s support – as represented by this continued investment in Indianapolis – GSA is building upon our efforts to increase our agency’s role as a catalyst for community economic development in Indianapolis and across the country.

Here are a few other highlights of the proposed investments in infrastructure that will allow GSA to continue to be an economic catalyst across the country:

  • $759 million for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Headquarters consolidation project.
  • $267 million to deliver a new and highly efficient headquarters for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the next phase of the Enhanced Plan for the consolidation of the Department of Homeland Security at St. Elizabeths in Washington.
  • $248 million to complete the modernization of the Calexico, Calif. U.S. Land Port of Entry, meeting one of Custom and Border Protection’s highest priority needs and improving safety.
  • More than $91 million in proposed investments for two facilities in Detroit, MI. This includes an $81 million upgrade to a GSA building previously purchased for $1, allowing GSA to draw 800 new employees to the neighborhood.

Investments in the federal government’s IT infrastructure are also a critical component of the President’s budget request. The President’s proposed $3.1 billion Information Technology Modernization Fund will allow GSA to continue to move our government into the 21st century by retiring, replacing, and modernizing federal IT systems that are difficult to secure and expensive to maintain.

There’s a lot more to the GSA budget – in the areas of  shared services, evidence-based evaluation, and accessible technology services. Read the GSA budget request to learn more.