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Maryland officials make pitch to GSA on new FBI headquarters

Mar 09, 2023

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Wes Moore and members of the state’s congressional delegation renewed their pitch to build a new FBI headquarters in Maryland on Wednesday, criticizing the selection process for lacking transparency — and noting it would cost taxpayers at least $1 billion more to build in Virginia, and take longer.

Moore and Maryland lawmakers focused on an abrupt change in criteria in September 2022 that put extra weight on putting the headquarters near the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, even though consideration of a new headquarters has been going on for over a decade.

“We started out believing that there was going to be one set of rules — that the 100-yard dash was going to be the 100-yard dash — and then, when we start to run in the game, all of a sudden it’s a 200-yard dash, and then in September of last year, somebody put their finger on the scale and changed the rules,” Rep. Kweisi Mfume, a Democrat, said after a meeting with representatives of the GSA and FBI in Washington, D.C.

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