Diana Maurer, director of Defense Capabilities & Management at GAO, discusses some of the management problems that the Department of Homeland Security is having with moving leadership to the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital campus.
Like many agencies, The Department of Homeland Security is consolidating their offices. DHS says that the plan to move the department’s leadership to the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital campus is progressing nicely. However, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, there’s no clear path forward for DHS. “The last time [a clear plan] was available was during the 2012 to 2013 timeframe. We issued a report at 2014 that looked at the plans as they existed at the time and we found a number of problems with those plans. We didn’t feel that they met best practices and we had a number of questions about the cost and schedule estimates behind those plans,” said Diana Maurer, director of Defense Capabilities & Management at GAO. “…If you are trying to build an extension on your home, if you do it all in one shot, it takes a little bit less time and costs a little bit less money. If you have to spread it out over the course of many different years, you are adding one room at a time, it is going to take longer and cost more. That has been the situation with St. Elizabeth’s. The $1.6 billion funding gap is half of the amount of what they said that they needed to complete the project.”