EPW Hearing Statement: FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project – What Happened and What’s Next
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held the hearing, “FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project – What Happened and What’s Next.” Below is the opening statement of Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.), as prepared for delivery:
“Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this hearing today. I know that you have been working closely with Senator Cardin on this issue, and I applaud you both for that. It is safe to say that we have more questions than answers surrounding this recent decision by the General Services Administration to cancel the procurement for a consolidated FBI Headquarters.
“Before we begin, I would also like to thank our colleague from Maryland, Senator Cardin, for his tireless work on this issue. Senator Cardin has been intensely following this process from the very beginning and is rightfully concerned about the effects of this decision. Prince George’s County, Maryland is home to two of the three final locations for the new FBI Headquarters, the other was in Springfield, Virginia. The decision to cancel this consolidation was a shock to those jurisdictions and will have great impacts on the region.
“I, too, have concerns regarding this move by the GSA to cancel the procurement process. My concerns range from the lack of consultation with Congress, to the impacts on national security, to the excess cost that this decision will impose on the federal government. However, I would say that my largest concern is where do we go from here? So much energy has already been invested in this endeavor, only to have the process halted without an alternative plan.
“Further, the status quo, with the FBI scattered across several locations in the DC Metropolitan area, is simply unacceptable for the agency to carry out its mission and improve our national security.
“I look forward to hearing the testimony of our witnesses today, and I also look forward to working with you, Mr. Chairman, as well as with Senator Cardin, the FBI and the GSA so we can get this project back on track and moving in the right direction again.”