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Barrasso to Find Out Why Relocation of FBI HQ Was Scrapped

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 Aug 2017 12:28 PM

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., is expected to ask federal agencies Wednesday why a plan to relocate the headquarters of the FBI ended without notifying Congress, according to the Washington Examiner.

"The security and efficiency arguments for this are clear. What is not clear is why this project was suddenly halted, why Congress was not notified in advance, and what happens now," Barrasso said.

The General Service Administration announced on July 11 that it was canceling an FBI relocation review because of lack of funds and lack of certainty about the procurement process, the Examiner reported.

Barrasso is chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, which oversees large federal public works projects.

"I have no doubt that there is a need to replace the FBI's existing headquarters. The men and women of the FBI, who keep us all safe, deserve an office building that meets their needs," Barrasso said.

Richard L. Haley II, the FBI's assistant director of facilities, said the current FBI headquarters is in poor shape.

"Fighting the current threat, and preparing for the future wave of threats, requires cutting edge technology, and the foundation for intelligence to flow in and out of the FBI seamlessly. Simply put, the J. Edgar Hoover building is obsolete, inefficient, and faces a number of security vulnerabilities," Haley said.

The Examiner also reported that Michael Gelber, the GSA's acting public building commissioner, said the FBI and the GSA was working on figuring out what needs to be done to the current FBI headquarters since the bureau will stay there "longer than expected."

The Senate Appropriations Committee on July 27 looked at legislation to revive a relocation plan for the FBI headquarters, according to The Washington Post.

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