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The State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations has just released a ‘Year in Review 2013-2014’ video, primarily highlighting the new embassies built under its “design excellence”initiative. You will note that some of the projects in this video have been completed while others like the New London Embassy, and those buildings in artist’s renderings are still undergoing construction or in the early phases of the projects and won’t be completed for a few more years.
The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) “sets worldwide priorities for the design, construction, acquisition, maintenance, use, and sale of real properties and the use of sales proceeds” for the State Department. The bureau has recently caught congressional attention with its New London Embassy project and its “design excellence” initiative. See Congress to State Dept: We Want All Your Stuff on New London Embassy Except Paperclips and New Embassy Construction Hearing: Witnesses Not Invited, and What About the Blast-Proof Glass?
We understand that the bureau is still working on providing Congress with the documents requested during the latest congressional hearing. Congress won’t be back in session until September 8, and then, it will only conduct business for a couple of weeks before it runs out again. Nonetheless, we are hearing that there may be personnel shuffles at the bureau in the offing. We’ll update when we know more.
-05/31/11 Compliance Follow-up Review of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (ISP-C-11-26) [2452 Kb] Posted June 8, 2011
-08/30/08 Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (ISP-I-08-34) Aug 2008 [1846 Kb]
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- US Consulate General Karachi paving way for expansion (terminalx.org)
- Five Firms Shortlisted to Rehabilitate U.S. Embassies Worldwide (archdaily.com)
- New Embassy Construction Hearing: Witnesses Not Invited, and What About the Blast-Proof Glass? (diplopundit.net)
- Congress to State Dept: We Want All Your Stuff on New London Embassy Except Paperclips (diplopundit.net)
- Issa and Chaffetz: Is State Department Embassy Design Putting Style Over Safety? (oversight.house.gov)