The Department of Homeland Security has opened its new center building to serve as part of its headquarters at the St. Elizabeth's campus in southeast Washington, D.C., Federal News Network reported Friday. The planned 1.3 million-square foot campus will house over 13,000 DHS employees once the latest phase of construction is completed.
According to Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, the final plan for the campus seeks to achieve a 17,000 employee capacity to include personnel from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Office of the Secretary, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction office.
DHS has requested for $224 million in the fiscal 2020 spending bill to cover the construction of CISA’s facility at the St. Elizabeth's campus. The department expects construction work on the complex to conclude by 2026.