Regarding the July 11 front-page article “Search for new FBI building is canceled”:
The Trump administration’s decision to scrap the plan to build a new FBI headquarters is reckless and shortsighted. The FBI is responsible for keeping America safe, yet its headquarters is dated, dysfunctional and dangerous. The Government Accountability Office found that the building doesn’t meet the FBI’s long-term security needs, let alone help its ability to fight crime and prevent terrorism. The J. Edgar Hoover Building is sinking; there are leaks and flooding.
A new headquarters was a good deal for taxpayers. FBI employees are working in 20 rented spaces. We would save more than $40 million a year by consolidating FBI employees in one facility. That is why Congress provided initial funding to build a new headquarters. We can’t make America great unless we first make it safe. The Trump administration needs to give the FBI the facilities needed to do its job, and that starts with a secure headquarters.
Barbara A. Mikulski, Baltimore
The writer, a Democrat, represented Maryland in the Senate from 1987 to 2017.
Coming from a generation accustomed to buildings lasting longer than people, I count myself as one of many who are short on sympathy for the oppressed masses who have to suffer working in a “crumbling” FBI headquarters. Many of us remember paying taxes for the current building to get the poor G-men into a state-of-the-art building. We expected it to be taken care of. Maybe the FBI needs a human resources diet.
Michael J. Valentine, Fairfax Station