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Rep. Moran, Others Urge GSA to Move FBI to Northern Virginia

Lawmakers ask GSA to consider the area, noting that many FBI employees already live in Northern Virginia.

Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) along with several other lawmakers sent a letter to the administrator of the General Services Administration urging him to consider Northern Virginia as a possible home for a new FBI headquarters location.

Moran, whose district includes Alexandria, was joined by Reps. Frank Wolf, Gerry Connolly and Rob Wittman as well as Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner in signing the letter.

Their letter follows GSA’s request for information seeking input on a new location for a consolidated FBI headquarters in the Washington, DC region.

In their letter to GSA Acting Administrator Daniel Tangherlini, the lawmakers asked GSA to undertake a qualitative “source selection” procurement, rather than cost-only process, noting that Northern Virginia is already home to a majority of FBI employees as well as the FBI’s major training academy at Quantico.

“As you begin this process, we encourage GSA to keep in mind factors that we believe make a location in Northern Virginia a logical and appropriate choice. Northern Virginia is home to a significant majority of the FBI workforce that will be directly impacted by this decision. Clearly, a location in Northern Virginia would minimize adverse effects on these employees,” they wrote.

“We trust that GSA will conduct this highly anticipated and scrutinized procurement in a fair and open process, and we stand ready to assist with any additional information in support of the selection of a site in Northern Virginia.”

Cookie December 07, 2012 at 11:30 AM
This is good Mr. Moran but our roads are already congested here in Northern Virignia. We keep inviting businesses and people to this area without regard for the increased congestion this will cause to all of us who work and reside here in Northern Virginia. While the beltway project's are fabulous and moving forward action needs to begin immediately in all areas if you are going to continue to ask people to come on over. Route 1 is especially congested now. I can't believe road system's weren't put in place prior to this growth. This is not smart of anyone of you. I am all for growth and prosperity in Northern Virginia. It is inevitable. What I don't want to see is a Los Angeles area here. You will have regret when you become elderly and can't navigate to an appointment locally and quckly. Good luck. God Bless.
MSandyDogg December 07, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I'd prefer to see the FBI stay in DC -- it is the federal city. But, if Moran is correct that a majority of the FBI workers live in Virginia, locating the HQ in a good location in Vrginia (e.g., away from Tysons, near a Metro) potentially diminishes traffic, rather than increases it. (Workers would be going to against traffic flow, not taking transportation into DC.) Further, locating in Maryland would arguably make things a lot worse, since many of those Virginia-based workers would end up driving into Maryland.

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