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Senate committee backs FBI consolidation

The J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation building in Washington. (Rich Clement/Bloomberg)

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works passed a resolution that would authorize the General Services Administration to seek a consolidated headquarters facility for the FBI and laid our parameters for it do to so.

The resolution has not been approved by the full Congress and is subject to appropriations, but it does outline what type of facility the government might seek if a search is approved.

According to the resolution, the FBI would consolidate under the following conditions:

-- The federal government would own the land and the buildings where the FBI consolidates.

-- To “the maximum extent feasible” the headquarters facility would be located within two miles of a Metrorail station and 2.5 miles from the Beltway.

-- The site would not exceed 55 acres and provide Level V security.

-- The facility would contain not greater than 2.1 million rentable square feet including and not greater than 4,300 parking space. It would provide no more than 109 square feet per person of office space and 174 usable square feet per person overall.

-- To “the maximum extent practicable” the GSA should require that the procurement include requirements for energy, water efficiency and storm water management.

-- The GSA and FBI would provide monthly updates to the committee on the project.

--The GSA would not delegate the facility search to any other agency.

What does this mean for Washington real estate? The biggest takeaway is that GSA wouldn’t sign a lease for the FBI on privately owned land, sticking with the federal government’s push to own more of its facilities. The resolution also makes no distinction about what jurisdiction the GSA and FBI ought to consider, as many searches do.

Follow Jonathan O’Connell on Twitter: @oconnellpostbiz

Jonathan O'Connell has covered land use and development in the Washington area for more than five years.



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