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Years-Late, Over-Budget Embassy Project Prompts US Lawmaker to Seek Construction Oversight

September 15, 2022

Via: ENR

A project to build a new U.S. embassy compound in Turkmenistan is expected to complete eight years late and $131 million over its budget, according to a U.S. lawmaker who recently introduced a bill to add more Congressional oversight of State Dept. overseas construction projects.

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), who chairs the Subcommittee on National Security, introduced the Embassy Construction Accountability Act Sept. 9. The bill would require State Dept. officials to report to Congressional committees any project delays of 180 days or more and cost overruns of 15% or more with a description of factors that contributed.

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