For five years, the federal government has been planning for a new FBI headquarters to replace the J. Edgar Hoover building on Pennsylvania Avenue.
A location in Springfield was among three finalists for a new building to house all 11,000 Washington-area FBI employees, according to a statement Monday from U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia, both Democrats.
Last summer, though, President Donald J. Trump’s administration put the brakes on that process and instead wants “to demolish the existing FBI headquarters in Washington and build a new facility in its place,” Kaine and Warner wrote.
“Having President Trump micromanage this complex procurement – with so many other issues on his plate and so many questions about apparent conflicts of interest here – just isn’t helpful to these public servants or to the region,” they said.
The General Services Administration has estimated that the new plan would cost $3.3 billion.
“The president is interested in making sure taxpayer dollars spent on new buildings are being spent wisely and appropriately,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Post. “He has been a builder all of his life and it should come as no surprise he wants to take the skills and great success he had in the private sector and apply it here.”