A sign indicates an entrance for employees only at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Edgar J. Hoover Building May 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.
The federal government has decided that the FBI’s headquarters should stay in Washington, D.C., after all.
The General Services Administration (GSA) had worked with the FBI throughout the Bush and Obama administrations to push for funding to move the FBI out of its current site on Pennsylvania Avenue and into a new building in the Washington suburbs.
But a new 23-page report obtained by the Washington Post found the GSA and the FBI recommending that the bureau’s headquarters will remain on Pennsylvania Avenue, with the goal to build a new headquarters in place of the aging J. Edgar Hoover Building. The decision comes after an expensive, years-long search for a new site.
While most of the roughly 11,000 staff will remain at the Washington location, about 2,300 headquarters staff would be moved around the country to locations in Idaho, West Virginia and Alabama, the Post reported.
The new development follows a July 2017 announcement that the GSA and the FBI had decided to cancel the funding search for a new headquarters. The GSA cited a funding gap of $882 million between the $1.4 billion requested in the 2017 budget versus the $523 million received.
The congressional delegation from Maryland, including minority whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., came out strongly against the shift in July. A statement from Hoyer’s office at the time noted that two of the three finalist areas for the new headquarters were located in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Hoyer was similarly critical on Monday, saying, “This sudden and unexpected decision by the Trump Administration raises serious questions about what or who could have motivated such a decision.”
“We must get to the bottom of why the Trump Administration reached this decision,” he said.
Hoyer tweet: New report that the Trump Admin is seeking to keep the @
FBIHQ in downtown DC is extremely alarming. Congress must reject this reckless proposal and look into why the Administration would make such a careless decision
The Department of Justice said on Monday that it would get nearly $2.2 billion for a new FBI headquarters in 2018 as part of the White House’s newly unveiled infrastructure plan. In addition to the funds already set aside, the infrastructure money would provide a total $3.5 billion for an update to the FBI building at the current location.