The National Foreign Affairs Training Center is expanding capacity to ensure personnel assigned overseas have the necessary language and information technology training. Department of State
Of the total $787 billion appropriated for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Department received and has obligated $562 million for projects and $2 million for the Office of the Inspector General. The Department is using ARRA funds to create and save jobs, repair and modernize domestic infrastructure crucial to the safety of American citizens, and expand consular services offered to American taxpayers. Details about specific projects and a complete description of the Department’s ARRA implementation plan are posted on the web at http://www.state.gov/recovery/.
Construction Projects – Funding ($15 million) will construct five new start-up passport facility sites and renovate and expand two existing sites. Construction was substantially completed at the Arkansas, Kentucky, and Buffalo passport centers. Various planning and construction phases are underway for passport centers in Vermont, El Paso, Atlanta, and San Diego. The National Foreign Affairs Training Center ($5 million) is expanding existing training capacity to ensure personnel assigned overseas have the necessary language training and information technology training. New classrooms at the Training Center are fully operational. Funding ($120 million) for an enterprise Data Center is being established in the western U.S. as part of an initiative that will consolidate all eleven domestic data centers into four Enterprise Service Operations Centers (ESOCs) to increase computing efficiency and reliability, reduce electricity demand, and substantially reduce the Department’s risk and provide for future information technology (IT) growth. In FY 2010, the Department completed 90% of the consolidation of the workload of two data centers, and plans to consolidate three additional data centers to the ESOCs. The flagship ESOC is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certified green building. The Foreign Affairs Security Training Center ($70 million) for Diplomatic Security will provide a centralized location that supports all security-related training that is currently conducted at 19 locations throughout the United States.
Information Technology Platform and Cyber Security – Funding ($132 million) will provide for new telephone systems, IT equipment, mobile communications for emergency situations, and projects to guard against and track cyber attacks, improve hardware security and testing, safeguard U.S. citizens’ cyber security, and expand cyber education. Equipment deployed during FY 2010 increased the integrity and resiliency of the Department’s network and its ability to counter emerging threats.
International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) – Funding ($213 million) will repair a major portion of the aging flood control system of the Rio Grande River in New Mexico and Texas, protecting about 3 million U.S. citizens. Improvements to 237 miles of the levees are reported at over 40% complete with one segment done. Funding ($7 million) will rehabilitate contaminated soil and groundwater and other related projects.
Office of Inspector General – Funding ($2 million) to provide oversight of use of ARRA funds and ARRA projects by the Department. The OIG contracted with three independent public auditing firms to conduct audits of most of the Department initiatives funded by the Recovery Act. OIG initiated 14 projects to assess Department and IBWC activities and issued eight reports and other work products assessing Department compliance with new reporting requirements to promote transparency in the award and use of Recovery Act funds.