(ReliableNews.org) – On November 8, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced Greenbelt, Maryland, would be the FBI’s future home. The agency’s headquarters are currently on Pennsylvania Avenue, about a mile from Capitol Hill. However, FBI Director Christopher Wray and others are calling for a reversal of the decision.
A day after the announcement, Wray reportedly sent a memo to FBI officials criticizing the move. POLITICO reported the director stated a three-person panel that included two GSA officials and an FBI official unanimously chose Virginia for the site of the new headquarters. Instead of listening to the recommendation, a political appointee reportedly chose Greenbelt.
Wray stated that the agency has “concerns about fairness and transparency” related to the process of picking the site. He accused the GSA of failing “to adhere to its own site selection plan.” According to reports, Wray sent a letter to the agency’s administrator, Robin Carnahan, on October 12, raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest.
The land in Greenbelt where the new headquarters would be located is reportedly situated on a piece of land the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) owns. The political appointee, Nina Albert, who chose the Maryland property, worked for WMATA from 2016 to 2021, right before she went to work for the GSA. She now works for the District of Columbia as the acting deputy mayor for planning and economic development.
Maryland Governor Wes Moore (D) celebrated the decision by the GSA at a press conference. He said the “FBI belongs in the state of Maryland.” Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) said he knew his state would win, calling it a “fair process.” The White House has defended the process as “fair and transparent.”
Virginia’s officials aren’t convinced. Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) and Democratic Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, along with eight members of the House, released a rare joint statement saying the process to choose the FBI’s location was “irrevocably undermined and tainted” and they called on President Joe Biden’s administration to reverse it.
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