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Brown Statement on IG Review of Trump Administration Decision on FBI Headquarters

August 27, 2018
Press Release
Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) released the following statement on the GSA Inspector General’s review of the Trump Administration’s decision to abandon efforts to build a fully consolidated FBI headquarters in the Washington, D.C. region

Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) released the following statement on the GSA Inspector General’s review of the Trump Administration’s decision to abandon efforts to build a fully consolidated FBI headquarters in the Washington, D.C. region.

“The GSA Office of Inspector General’s review of the revised plan for the FBI headquarters consolidation project confirms what I long suspected: heavy-handed involvement by the White House; faulty and misleading analysis of President Trump’s preference to keep the FBI in its old crumbling facility; and, a nefarious lack of transparency and accountability with Congress. The OIG’s review raises serious concerns that President Trump has politicized this national security project in a way that hurts the men and women of the FBI - an agency he has long attacked - and protects his bottom line.

“The FBI requires a modern, consolidated and secure headquarters as a matter of national security. The Trump Administration’s plan to keep the FBI at its current location clearly misses the mark, is unsafe and does not meet the long-held needs of the FBI or previous Congressional authorization. Earlier this year Congress did not fund Trump’s plan, and now we need honest answers on a realistic way forward that does not further delay the delivery of a new consolidated FBI headquarters or cost taxpayers more money.

“I fully support GSA and the FBI returning to its original plan to build a fully consolidated FBI headquarters at one of the sites selected in the initial procurement.”