Will DHS ever move to St. Elizabeths?


Will the red-brick buildings of St. Elizabeths hold federal bureaucrats? Or will they continue to languish? (Astrid Riecken/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Will the federal Department of Homeland Security ever consolidate on the west campus of St. Elizabeths Hospital? Once hailed as a national-security imperative by the Bush Administration — and a project that could transform Southeast Washington — the consolidation effort has been put on hold by spending-sensitive Republicans.

President  Obama’s new budget proposes applying the defibrillator paddles to the project, with $367 million in construction and relocation spending. But Dan Tangherlini, the acting boss of the General Services Administration and a former city administrator, knows it won’t be easy: “We’re going to have to work very closely with our partners in Congress,” he said Wednesday.

In other news:

Hot hot hot (Capital Weather Gang)

The Donald was here (Capital BusinessErik WempleWBJCity DeskDCistUrbanTurf)

The CBE headquarters of choice: a mailbox (WaTimes)

Obama budget continues to contain milquetoast pro-budget autonomy language (City DeskExaminer)

Proposed delay to Medicaid DSH funding cuts could be good news for city hospitals (Wonkblog)

Cathy Lanier describes nightlife-focused policing strategies at National Press Club (Washington Post)

The median D.C. home sale is $55,000 more than it was a year ago (Where We Live)

The number of District residents getting federal disability checks rose 60 percent from 2001 to 2011 (Examiner)

D.C. Council could get health insurance exchange legislation within days (WBJ)

Public comments run strongly toward scrapping tight food truck regulations (GOG)

Gray administration releases another Franklin School RFP (WBJHousing Complex)

Many unanswered questions about proposed Corcoran partnership with University of Maryland (Post editorial)

D.C. proposal would crack down on high school sports transfers for the first time (Post)

Unlike his competitors, Patrick Mara doesn’t want mandatory sick leave for hospitality workers (PostDCist)

Of course Paul Zukerberg is holding a ‘Four-20′ rally (Post)

David Catania accuses Gray administration of cannibalizing schools budget to fund libraries (Examiner)

But everyone likes the increased library funding (Examiner)

Faced with mutiny, COG backs off gun control stand — for now anyway (PostExaminer)

Will it forever poison regional cooperation? (Post column)

Mary Cheh bill threatens to “gum up” real estate deals with “havoc-wreaking interference by small groups” (Blade)

Why does the Public Service Commission need expensive downtown office space? (WBJ)

Be a good citizen and learn about your neighborhood’s history (The Root DC)

Raymond Roseboro, 23, will serve 40 years for murdering Prince Okorie, 16 (PostHomicide Watch)

Body is found in Tidal Basin (WJLA-TV)

Former FBI analyst pleads guilty to child porn charge (Post)

Virginia man is accused of kidnapping college student in Georgetown because he “wanted to lose his virginity” before court appearance (WJLA-TV)

Single-car accident injures three outside Eastern High School (Post)

Cop injured in hit-and-run has moved from hospital to rehab (Examiner)

Georgetown BID is testing traffic control officers at Wisconsin and M (Patch)

WMATA is improving bus stop schedules (GGW)

New bus information screens for Georgetown? (Dish)

Permits show progress on H Street NW, Georgia Avenue NW Wal-Marts (WBJ)

Sequester victim: Meridian Hill Park fountains won’t get filled till Memorial Day (PoPville)

Capital Bikeshare records highest ever ridership — on a Tuesday! (DCist)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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