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FBI headquarters relocation plans halted

The decades-long plan to relocate the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters from downtown Washington, D.C., has come to an end.

The decades-long plan to relocate the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters from downtown Washington, D.C., has come to an end.

The decades-long plan to relocate the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters from downtown Washington, D.C., has come to an end.

The General Services Administration on July 11 announced that it has decided to cancel the procurement for the new FBI headquarters consolidation project.

In a statement, GSA noted lack of funding as the reason behind its decision.

“GSA and FBI previously have stated that full funding is crucial for the government to make a contract award,” the statement notes.

According to GSA, the fiscal year 2017 budget request included $1.4 billion for this project; however, the $523 million appropriated in 2017 leaves an $882 million funding gap.

“Moving forward without full funding puts the government at risk for cost escalations and the potential reduction in value of the J. Edgar Hoover property that developers were to receive as part of this procurement,” the statement notes.

GSA will formally notify the three developers who had proposed different headquarters sites in the Washington, D.C. suburbs that it is ending the competition, which cost the companies millions in proposal dollars.

Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly, whose state was one of the potential site locations, criticized the government's decision.

“The federal government’s decision leaves no clear path toward replacing the J. Edgar Hoover building, the crumbling Pennsylvania Avenue edifice that senior FBI leaders have been lobbying to permanently evacuate for more than a decade over concerns about its physical integrity, inability to effectively house a modern workforce and concerns about vulnerability to terrorist attack,” he said in a statement.

However, GSA said the two agencies will continue to work together to address the space requirements of the FBI.

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