The Federal Communications Commission once again will consider moving its headquarters and 1,960 employes to Virginia next week as the commission meets to vote on a General Services Administration recommendation to consolidate the agency's operations into one building.
However, given the GSA's recommendation that the FCC move to a building in Alexandria just inside the Beltway, commission sources say the agency probably will oppose the move--and, as a result, drop its two-year effort to consolidate its operations, currently scattered among four buildings.
At the FCC's request, the GSA began a search last year for a single FCC building. Its recommendation: a yet-to-be constructed building on the Hoffman Plaza site on Telegraph Road, near the Beltway. That site had the lowest cost over the long term of those the GSA considered.
The GSA turned down another building near 6th and C St. SW because it cost $1 per square foot more.
The GSA's recommendation apparently has drawn considerable complaints from FCC employes because the building is so inconvenient--even though it would be near one of the next subway stops to open, Eisenhower, on the Blue Line.
The recommendation is particularly irksome to FCC employes because political pressure from District and congressional officials forced the agency last year to back off an earlier consolidation plan that would have moved the agency to a more convenient Virginia location--Rosslyn.