- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 30, 2015

The House Foreign Affairs Committee issued a subpoena to the White House budget office on Thursday for documents about a new State Department security training facility. 

The administration has plans to build an expensive new facility at a military base in Blackstone, Va. rather than expanding an already existing law enforcement training center in Georgia that is run by the Department of Homeland Security. 

House Republicans suspect that the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) believes that using the Georgia facility would cost significantly less than building the new one. 

The State Department plans to construct the new facility in Virginia at a cost of $413 million, but the project’s initial estimate of $950 million suggests the costs will likely skyrocket over the construction period, according to a statement released by the House committee Thursday. 

Committee Chairman Ed Royce, (R-Calif.) asked the White House for studies regarding the costs of the two projects but was refused, prompting the subpoena, which demands documents and cost studies by Tuesday afternoon. 

“In an increasingly dangerous world, the security of the U.S. diplomats abroad is paramount. We must ensure that our diplomats receive improved security training, and a big part of providing that training effectively is making the most of our limited resources,” Mr. Royce said in a statement Thursday. 

Mr. Royce said OMB staff told his aides that the budget agency recommended going with the Georgia option, but the Obama administration has ignored the analysis. 

“I am disappointed that OMB hasn’t provided the Committee its analysis so that the Congress can make informed and responsible policy decisions in this critical area,” Mr. Royce said. “The internal documents underlying this analysis should tell us how and why OMB arrived at its decision. In light of OMB’s continued refusal, I am left with no choice but to issue this subpoena.”


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