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Rep. Connolly, 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.

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th District), along with Jim Moran (D-8th) and 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 and Connolly, whose district includes the Vienna, Oakton and Tysons area, was joined by Reps. Frank Wolf 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.”

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