Examining New Embassy Construction: Are New Administration Policies Putting Americans Overseas in Danger? Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, July 10, 2014   [open pdf - 891KB]

This testimony compilation is from the July 10, 2014 hearing on "Examining New Embassy Construction: Are New Administration Policies Putting Americans Overseas in Danger?" held before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the statement of Lydia Muniz: "The President's policy and the Department's fiscal year 2015 budget request of $2.016 billion for the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) was fully funded in the recent House Appropriations Committee mark at a higher level of $2.063 billion with strong bi-partisan support. OBO's mission reflects a strong commitment to safeguard our colleagues who serve our country's foreign policy missions overseas, and to securing our facilities that support this mandate. Like you, the State Department is deeply committed to the safety and security of our personnel serving overseas. […] Security is the cornerstone for new embassy and consulate construction. Our program is developed and our facilities are built on that foundation. And because we have an obligation to the American taxpayer to be efficient in building our facilities, the Department is committed to ensuring that our building program neither compromises the speed at which we can deliver secure facilities nor incurs unjustified and unnecessary costs. We must protect our staff serving abroad. And, using the lessons learned over decades, we can design and build embassies and consulates that serve our mission and colleagues, are a better value to the U.S. taxpayer, and make better use of scarce resources -- in the short and long term." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Casey Jones, Lydia Muniz, and Grant S. Green Jr.

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