US Govt. to end search for new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 11, 2017

For more than ten years, the government has looked for a new building in either Maryland or Virginia as a replacement for the current 43-year-old Brutalist Hoover Building (the building that everybody loves to hate). Officials from the General Services Administration, which manages federal real estate, had planned to trade the Hoover Building to a real estate developer while using $2 billion in taxpayer dollars to fund the remaining cost. However, the fiscal year 2017 budget request only included $1.4 billion for the project-leaving an $882 million funding gap.

Meanwhile, the GSA ended up housing numerous bureau's 9,500 headquarters employees, using expensive short-term leases at about a dozen locations because the staff long ago outgrew the crumbling Hoover Building, the Post reported.

Maryland had hoped to secure the new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in a competition with the neighboring state of Virginia, with the prospect of tens of thousands of jobs moving to their respective jurisdictions.

Maryland legislators, including U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Congressman Steny Hoyer, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony G. Brown, all Democrats, issued a joint statement in response to this morning's announcement.

The FBI had been pushing to move thousands of employees spread among leased annexes in the region into a secure consolidated headquarters that would fit with an agency whose focus has evolved to intelligence and counterterrorism. "The State of Maryland and Prince George's County have invested huge resources and time into this project", the congressmen said. We strongly disagree with this decision.

After months of lobbying by Maryland and local officials to be the new consolidated home of the FBI, the federal government is putting the kibosh on the project.

Emmett Jordan, mayor in Greenbelt, Maryland, the location of one of the possible sites, was holding out hope that the government would reconsider.

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