Courtesy USA Today
Jarrad Saffren, USA Today
The federal government is preparing to move the FBI's headquarters outside Washington for the first time, according to Maryland lawmakers who want to lure the agency across the border.
The General Services Administration, which manages federal office space and is conducting the search for the FBI, informed Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., on Tuesday that it had narrowed down a list of 12 potential headquarters sites to three finalists — two in Maryland and one in Virginia.
The FBI has been located in the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown D.C. since 1975. The building is antiquated and not big enough to hold the 11,000 personnel that work for the bureau. A new headquarters would consolidate all bureau employees from 20 locations onto one campus. The Washington Post
reported this month
that there were several sites in the District under consideration as possible headquarters locations.
Mikulski said it is unacceptable for bureau employers to be so scattered.
"We need a fully consolidated, muscular, robust FBI." Mikulski said at a news conference Tuesday. "Not a small dainty FBI."
Mikulski's Maryland colleague in the Senate, Ben Cardin, said the locations in their state are the only viable options.
"The only locations that will satisfy the space the FBI needs are in Prince George's County," Cardin said, referring to the Maryland County where two of the finalist sites are located.