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Maryland win: FBI Headquarters moving to Greenbelt

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Posted at 6:18 PM, Nov 08, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-04 22:16:50-05

The FBI will be moving its headquarters to Greenbelt, Maryland.

Finalist sites had been announced back in 2014 to move the agency from it's outdated DC headquarters, but a decision has been delayed for years.

Local lawmakers and leaders have already begun reacting to the news.

Johnny Olszewski posted on social media, "This is a massive deal for Maryland," and thanked Governor Wes Moore, Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Representative Steny Hoyer "for their relentless advocacy and unwavering commitment to delivering this win for Marylanders."

Delegate Nicole Williams wrote "This has made my day, my week, my year. I am so excited to see that the Federal Government has made the right, fair and equitable decision to relocate[] the FBI headquarters in District 22."

Delegate Joe Vogel posted to social media "LET'S GOOOOO!!!!" He added that this is a "huge win for Maryland and Prince George's [C]ounty."

Team Maryland, which includes U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD), Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Governor Wes Moore, Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller, and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Kweisi Mfume (MD-07), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), David Trone (MD-06), and Glenn Ivey (MD-04), and Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, released a joint statement on the matter:

“This is a historic moment for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and our nation. For decades, the dilapidated J. Edgar Hoover Building has failed to meet the FBI’s operational needs, which has undermined our national security. The once fabled building has crumbled before our eyes, with nets surrounding the facility for years to protect pedestrians from falling debris. Today’s decision by the General Services Administration (GSA) will ensure we fulfill the FBI’s dire, longstanding need for a new consolidated headquarters that meets the modern-day demands on the Bureau’s work to protect Americans and our nation.

 

“After a thorough deliberation process and consideration of stakeholder input, the GSA selected the Greenbelt site as the location for the new FBI headquarters. The GSA’s analysis of the facts and its consultations revealed that the Greenbelt site is the most fitting site of the three final candidates when all factors were considered together. 

 

“We agree with the GSA’s determination that based on merit the Greenbelt site is best suited to serve the present and future FBI and the dedicated public servants who work tirelessly to protect America and uphold the law. Considering cost to the taxpayer, equity, construction timeline, transportation access, and the FBI’s mission requirements, we have long believed that Greenbelt is the best site for this crucial facility. We are pleased that the GSA arrived at the same conclusion. Our decades-long, bipartisan effort to bring the Maryland sites’ many merits to the GSA’s attention was never about politics. It was always about making the case for what is best for the FBI, our region, and the country.

 

“Team Maryland has worked tirelessly to deliver this result together. Our close cooperation will continue as we break ground on this new headquarters and tackle other pressing issues facing Marylanders. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the FBI has the best possible headquarters in the quickest timeframe so that we can facilitate a smooth transition to Prince George’s County. We look forward to building a strong, productive partnership with the Bureau and its staff.”