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Report: Border Patrol homes cost $680,000 each
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) The federal government wasted millions of dollars in building a housing project for Border Patrol agents in Arizona near the Mexican border, spending nearly $700,000 per house in a small town where the average home costs less than $90,000, a watchdog report found.

The analysis by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection overspent by about $4.6 million on new houses and mobile homes in the small town of Ajo southwest of Phoenix. The agency has spent about $17 million for land, 21 two- and three-bedroom houses and 20 mobile homes. Construction was completed in December 2012.

Customs and Border Protection paid about $680,000 per house and about $118,000 per mobile home, according to the report. The average home cost in Ajo is $86,500.

The agency realized there was a need for more housing around 2008, when the Border Patrol doubled in size. There are currently about 21,000 border agents, roughly 5,000 of whom are in Arizona. In fiscal year 2004, there were about 10,800 agents, with about 2,400 in Arizona.

Building in Ajo became a priority because of its proximity to two Border Patrol stations and because nearby towns lacked sufficient public services for agents and their families.

"CBP did not effectively plan and manage employee housing in Ajo, Arizona, and made decisions that resulted in additional costs to the federal government," the report states.

A statement from Customs and Border Protection says that while the agency agrees with recommendations made in the report, it disputes the way the inspector general calculated the cost of each house and mobile home, calling the method "comparing apples to oranges."

"CBP relies on the private housing market to provide housing for its employees, except in a few extreme locations such as Ajo," the agency said in a statement released by spokesman Jim Burns. "In Ajo, CBP built urgently needed housing for employees in accordance with the approved CBP design standards and the U.S. government guidance to be used by executive agencies concerning construction of federally owned housing for civilians."

He added the agency remains committed to providing quality, cost-effective housing to frontline border security personnel and their families.

The report says Customs and Border Protection did not "adequately justify" hiring the U.S. General Services Administration, a government agency, to manage the project, and that it overpaid the agency by about $3 million in unspent funds.

CBP also increased funding for the project seven times without providing reasons for the increases or explaining how the money was spent.

The government plans to build more houses in Lukeville, which is near Ajo.
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reminds me of the movie independence day.

"How do you get funding for something like this? Julius Levinson: You don't actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?"
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Such waste should be shameful...
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And give it a couple of years and all those new homes that cost us on average of 600K will be trashed and filled with illegal aliens and drug runners.
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And give it a couple of years and all those new homes that cost us on average of 600K will be trashed and filled with illegal aliens and drug runners.
who cares? some politicians got ther kick back from the construction and material companies!
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September 11, 2014
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) The federal government wasted millions of dollars in building a housing project for Border Patrol agents in Arizona near the Mexican border, spending nearly $700,000 per house in a small town where the average home costs less than $90,000, a watchdog report found.

The analysis by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection overspent by about $4.6 million on new houses and mobile homes in the small town of Ajo southwest of Phoenix. The agency has spent about $17 million for land, 21 two- and three-bedroom houses and 20 mobile homes. Construction was completed in December 2012.

Customs and Border Protection paid about $680,000 per house and about $118,000 per mobile home, according to the report. The average home cost in Ajo is $86,500.

The agency realized there was a need for more housing around 2008, when the Border Patrol doubled in size. There are currently about 21,000 border agents, roughly 5,000 of whom are in Arizona. In fiscal year 2004, there were about 10,800 agents, with about 2,400 in Arizona.

Building in Ajo became a priority because of its proximity to two Border Patrol stations and because nearby towns lacked sufficient public services for agents and their families.

"CBP did not effectively plan and manage employee housing in Ajo, Arizona, and made decisions that resulted in additional costs to the federal government," the report states.

A statement from Customs and Border Protection says that while the agency agrees with recommendations made in the report, it disputes the way the inspector general calculated the cost of each house and mobile home, calling the method "comparing apples to oranges."

"CBP relies on the private housing market to provide housing for its employees, except in a few extreme locations such as Ajo," the agency said in a statement released by spokesman Jim Burns. "In Ajo, CBP built urgently needed housing for employees in accordance with the approved CBP design standards and the U.S. government guidance to be used by executive agencies concerning construction of federally owned housing for civilians."

He added the agency remains committed to providing quality, cost-effective housing to frontline border security personnel and their families.

The report says Customs and Border Protection did not "adequately justify" hiring the U.S. General Services Administration, a government agency, to manage the project, and that it overpaid the agency by about $3 million in unspent funds.

CBP also increased funding for the project seven times without providing reasons for the increases or explaining how the money was spent.

The government plans to build more houses in Lukeville, which is near Ajo.
Report: Border Patrol homes cost $680,000 each - SunGazette.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Williamsport-Sun Gazette
I don't get it. How can Homeland Security and the U.S. Border Patrol overpay another government agency, General Services Administration, which handles construction, maintenance like HVAC and custodial duties in Federal buildings and property, and show a loss of $3 million dollars. GSA isn't a private contractor, they are a huge, major Federal Agency themselves. And how can the U.S. government's standards for housing be higher than that of the community they are building in? What's so special about a police officer, which is what a Border Patrol agent is, that they have to live in the Taj Mahal?

$680,000 for a house for a LEO Border Patrol agent? Ya gotta be kidding me? That's high rise, 50th floor, ocean view 3-Bedroom, 2.5 bath, valet, sauna and gymnasium amenities apartment overlooking Miami's South Beach prices. You could have put the entire compliment of agents up in the Fountainblue or Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach for that kind of money for a year.

And - who in the heck pays $118,000 for a mobile home? They blow away in a heavy wind or dust storm. Banks consider mobile homes to be substandard, temporary housing, most, even the expensive ones, don't last more than 5-years at best, no matter how well one tries to keep them up. Shesh. Lets get Congress' GAO (Government Accounting Office), one of the few corruption free, no outside special interest influenced agencies in Washington to investigate, and where the hell is the media, asking the President about something like this in a Press Conference? Heck - the Dwight Eisenhower courtesy cottage on the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, where they play the Masters golf tournament doesn't go for $680,000, and it's located right on the fairway.

Someone in Homeland Security and the Treasury Department should burn for this kind of waste, no wonder we can't pay our bills.......STFN
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I don't get it. How can Homeland Security and the U.S. Border Patrol overpay another government agency, General Services Administration, which handles construction, maintenance like HVAC and custodial duties in Federal buildings and property, and show a loss of $3 million dollars. GSA isn't a private contractor, they are a huge, major Federal Agency themselves. And how can the U.S. government's standards for housing be higher than that of the community they are building in? What's so special about a police officer, which is what a Border Patrol agent is, that they have to live in the Taj Mahal?

$680,000 for a house for a LEO Border Patrol agent? Ya gotta be kidding me? That's high rise, 50th floor, ocean view 3-Bedroom, 2.5 bath, valet, sauna and gymnasium amenities apartment overlooking Miami's South Beach prices. You could have put the entire compliment of agents up in the Fountainblue or Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach for that kind of money for a year.

And - who in the heck pays $118,000 for a mobile home? They blow away in a heavy wind or dust storm. Banks consider mobile homes to be substandard, temporary housing, most, even the expensive ones, don't last more than 5-years at best, no matter how well one tries to keep them up. Shesh. Lets get Congress' GAO (Government Accounting Office), one of the few corruption free, no outside special interest influenced agencies in Washington to investigate, and where the hell is the media, asking the President about something like this in a Press Conference? Heck - the Dwight Eisenhower courtesy cottage on the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia, where they play the Masters golf tournament doesn't go for $680,000, and it's located right on the fairway.

Someone in Homeland Security and the Treasury Department should burn for this kind of waste, no wonder we can't pay our bills.......STFN
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