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Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) -- Project Fact Sheet No. 1

Fact Sheet
December 7, 2009



  • The purpose of the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) is to establish a consolidated training center from which to conduct training for a wide array of law enforcement and security disciplines within the U.S. Department of State. The new facility will provide up to 10,000 students per year with state-of-the-art training that meets agency standards.
  • Diplomatic security training is currently conducted in 19 different geographically separated leased and contracted facilities nationwide. A May 2008 report to Congress identified the need for a consolidated facility to improve training efficiency, decrease operating costs, and provide priority access to training venues which meet current facility standards.
  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) dedicated $70 million to the U.S. Department of State towards the site acquisition and phased development of a soft and hard skills training center for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
  • The U.S. Department of State has contracted an Architect/Engineering design team to perform Site Planning, NEPA Consulting, Programming, Master Planning and Design Drawings.
  • GSA will acquire the site, provide construction procurement, construction management, commissioning and other services necessary to complete the project. Upon completion of site acquisition and development, the U.S. Department of State will retain custody and control of the property.
  • The acquired site will be developed into a state-of-the-art center designed to meet the Silver Certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
  • The facility will be fully secured and safe within the community in which it resides.


Public Project Overview Meeting
January 2010
Date|Time TBD

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
NEPA Public Scoping Meeting
January 2010 
Date|Time TBD

National Historic Preservation Act
Section 106 Public Consultation 
In conjunction with NEPA ARRA Diplomatic and Consular Programs - Hard Skills Training Center Recovery Plan
Public Comments and Inquiries: or (215) 446-4815
Media Inquiries: GSA Public Affairs Offi cer, Gina Blyther Gilliam at
Contractors: for future business opportunities

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