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April 2009

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Judiciary's Projects Part of Stimulus Package

Courthouse construction projects will receive 80 percent of the $300 million provided for the construction of federal buildings in the recent stimulus legislation package. In addition, several hundred million dollars are provided in the legislation for full and partial modernization projects in almost 100 court facilities.

The General Services Administration selected the best projects based on two over-arching criteria: the ability of the project to put people back to work quickly—usually within 120 days—and to transform federal buildings into high-performance green buildings, with a concentration on energy conservation and renewable energy generation.

“This is certainly very good news for the Judiciary’s courthouse programs,” said James C. Duff, Director of the AO. “The projects will add jobs to local economies, as well as enable the Judiciary to address unmet security, space, and environmental needs in courthouses throughout the country.”

Duff expressed his appreciation to Congress for the funding, and also to the many individuals who worked together to secure the funding, including judges, court clerks, project managers, and AO staff.

Among the new construction projects to receive funding are courthouses in Jackson, Mississippi; Austin and El Paso, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Billings, Montana; and Bakersfield, California. A list of all the construction and modernization projects funded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 can be found at www.gsa.gov/graphics/pbs/American_Recovery_and_Reinvestment_Act_2009.pdf.