The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provides DHS with $200,000,000 and the U. S. General Services Administration (GSA) with $450,000,000 to continue the development of St. Elizabeths as the new DHS Consolidated Headquarters. This funding builds upon the FY 2009 appropriations funding provided to both GSA and DHS to initiate construction of the first phase of the project, the U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters.
In accordance with GSA’s Pricing Policy, GSA provides funding for the basic campus infrastructure, functional, code compliant shell office buildings plus a tenant improvement allowance. GSA also typically funds the capital cost of Interagency Security Committee (ISC) level campus and building security requirements and recoups these costs in the rental rates. Any costs above the shell build-out and the GSA provided tenant improvement allowance for tenant specific design and construction requirements as well as costs for telecommunications, outfitting, physical move and other costs are funded by the tenant. This cost apportionment is reflected in the funds appropriated in the ARRA.
DHS ARRA funding will cover the remaining tenant specific construction requirements of Phase 1A (new USCG Headquarters Building) and Phase 1B (shared use facilities), including security/telecommunications infrastructure, long lead time equipment and GSA management fees associated with tenant improvements. DHS ARRA funds will also cover tenant specific design for the future phases and DHS operational site security staffing and expenses to monitor construction activities.
DHS tenant specific build-out requirements will be executed by GSA through a Reimbursable Work Authorization (RWA) in conjunction with their responsibilities to construct the building shell. An RWA has been submitted to GSA in the amount of $198.9 million of the $200 million in DHS ARRA funds for their execution. Upon acceptance of this RWA by GSA on April 27, 2009, the ARRA reporting requirements for management, obligation and outlay of these funds shifted to GSA. DHS will, however, continue to work with GSA to assure the obligation and expenditure of these funds remains consistent with ARRA guidance and the DHS Expenditure Plan.
The remaining $1.1 million in ARRA funds for DHS site security staffing and expenses will be executed by DHS as detailed in Section V.
GSA ARRA funds will be applied towards campus infrastructure construction, Phase 1B renovations of certain existing historic buildings for campus shared use functions such as the cafeteria, fitness center, etc. GSA funds will also construct a parking facility for USCG occupancy, and the USCG Command Center which will be located underground adjacent to the new USCG Headquarters building (and will eventually tie into the National Operations Center which will be constructed in Phase 2 of the project). Lastly, GSA ARRA funds will be applied toward design of the future phases of the project.