The federal government has finally made the decision to move the FBI out of downtown D.C. to the Maryland suburbs, the result of an interstate tug of war that spanned a decade, three presidential administrations, and several stops and starts.
But the start of construction is still years away, and Virginia lawmakers and the FBI itself are already publicly castigating the decision and pushing for a reversal.
FBI Director Christopher Wray sent an email to staff Thursday telling them a three-person panel unanimously favored a site in Springfield, Virginia, due to its proximity to FBI facilities in Quantico, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
The Post also reported Wray sent a letter last month to leadership of the General Services Administration, the federal government’s real estate arm, calling on the agency to scrap its decision and restart the process. Wray reportedly raised concerns that the official leading the process overruled the site selection panel that recommended Springfield and awarded the headquarters to Greenbelt instead.