Congress members push for FBI move to Northern Virginia
By Ben Pershing,
A group of Virginia members of Congress have a message for the General Services Administration: Give us the FBI.
With the bureau seeking a new headquarters location, elected officials from Virginia, Maryland and the District are all angling to snag the FBI and the thousands of jobs that come with it. On Wednesday, a half-dozen Virginia lawmakers got in on the act with a letter to GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini.
“As the General Services Administration begins this process, we urge you to consider Northern Virginia as the ideal location for the new FBI Headquarters,” wrote Sens. Jim Webb (D) and Mark Warner (D) and Reps. Gerald Connolly (D), James P. Moran Jr. (D), Rob Wittman (R) and Frank Wolf (R).
As the GSA decides where to put the new headquarters, the lawmakers wrote that they hoped the agency consider “qualitative factors” rather than just picking the cheapest available option.
“Already, the FBI has a major training academy located on a 385-acre complex in Quantico, Virginia, making a headquarters location in Northern Virginia particularly convenient for intra-agency activities,” they wrote. “In addition, Northern Virginia is home to a significant majority of the FBI workforce that will be directly impacted by this decision. Clearly, a location in Northern Virginia would minimize adverse effects on these employees.”
Because they represent different districts, the six lawmakers did not advocate for any particular Virginia site. Officials in Loudoun and Fairfax have already made separate pitches for their counties.
Maryland lawmakers, meanwhile, have suggested the FBI move to one of several available sites near Metro stations in Prince George’s County, while Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) says the bureau would be best-served by remaining in the District, closer to the Capitol and the White House.