National Capital Region Delegation Calls on Department of Justice Inspector General to Investigate FBI Headquarters Relocation Project
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (MD-07), Ranking Member Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11), and Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL), C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), John Delaney (MD-06), Don Beyer (VA-08), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) sent a letter to the Department of Justice Inspector General requesting that the Inspector General investigate the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) decision-making process for the consolidated FBI headquarters project.
“We are asking that you investigate the FBI’s decision-making process for the project to include whether the FBI made the decision to abandon the suburban campus option, participated in the decision but did not make the ultimate decision about changing the plan for the FBI Headquarters, and whether the FBI acted pursuant to direction from President Trump, any White House official, or Office of Management and Budget (OMB) official,” wrote the Members. “It is incredibly alarming that the revised plan suddenly proposed keeping the new FBI headquarters at the Pennsylvania Avenue location when the FBI and GSA had consistently stated that the Hoover Building was not adequate to meet the FBI’s security and operational needs.”
“While the Administration has yet to send a prospectus to Congress, both the sudden reversal on site selection and reports that President Trump is involved in the day-to-day planning of this project call into question the integrity of this process,” continued the Members. “Reports that the President is ‘obsessed’ with the details of constructing a new, fully consolidated FBI headquarters at the current site on Pennsylvania Avenue are deeply concerning.”
In July 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it was canceling the previous process to select a site and construct a new consolidated FBI headquarters. In February 2018, the General Services Administration (GSA) and FBI released a report recommending that the FBI headquarters remain at the current site in downtown Washington, DC. The unexpected decision reversed 10 years of recommendations that the FBI relocate to a consolidated headquarters.
An August 2018 report released by the GSA Office of the Inspector General found that GSA inaccurately accounted for significant costs associated with remaining at the current FBI headquarters in Washington, DC and found that GSA Administrator Murphy may have misled Congress on the involvement of the White House in the project.
The full letter follows and is available here.