In accordance with President Biden’s direction in Presidential Proclamation 10142 issued on January 20, 2021, the Department of Defense has developed a plan for redirecting funds and repurposing contracts as appropriate and consistent with applicable law.
The Department’s plan, implemented in part as it was developed, consists of two parts – cancellation of projects and redirection of funds.
As announced on April 30, 2021, the Department of Defense has cancelled all border barrier construction projects paid for with funds originally appropriated for other military missions and functions.
With respect to the redirection of funds, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks has approved a plan to use the $2.2 billion of unobligated military construction funds previously made available for border barrier construction to restore funding in FY 2021 for 66 projects in 11 States, 3 territories, and 16 countries.
The decision to restore funding for well-designed and executable projects was based on operational and component priorities.