GSA May Have to Halt New Construction, Administrator Says

October 31, 2011

The General Services Administration may have to halt new construction if proposed budget cuts become reality, Administrator Martha Johnson said Monday.

"No new buildings in our future if you really look hard at the numbers," Johnson said at the GovGreen conference in Washington.

GSA saw its funding for new construction drop 91 percent from $894 million in fiscal 2010 to $82 million in fiscal 2011, and saw a 32 percent cut to its renovation budget from $414 million to $280 million over the same period.

Proposals for fiscal 2012 are bleaker: The House Appropriations Committee provides no money for new construction and $280 million for repairs. The Senate legislation provides $56 million for repairs and $280 million for new construction. The president's budget requested $840 million for new construction. 

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