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GSA Takes Search for New Headquarters to First of Three Possible Sites

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s search for a new headquarters has begun a new phase.

The General Services Administration is hosting public meetings to gauge interest in relocating the FBI’s Washington headquarters.

The first stop is Springfield, the Washington Business Journal reports. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2014/09/gsa-takes-the-fbi-headquarters-search-on-the-road.html

The other locations are Greenbelt and Landover.

The meetings are meant to address the Environmental Impact Statement review of the sites.

“We are clarifying the burden that each of these sites carry,” Bill Dowd, the GSA’s FBI relocation project executive, said.

The 58-acre site in Springfield is mostly owned by the federal government and meets the requirements for a new headquarters.

The next public meeting is today in Greenbelt. On Oct. 2, the third session is scheduled for Landover.

Where Should FBI Open New Headquarters? Federal Government to Take Public Input

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government wants to hear your concerns about the location of the new FBI headquarters.

The General Services Administration scheduled public hearings next month to gather feedback on an Environmental Impact Statement on each of the three sites, the Washington Business-Journal reports. 

The first meeting is Sept. 22 near the potential new site in Springfield. The other sites under consideration are the Greenbelt Metro and the former Landover Mall.

Here is the schedule:

  • Springfield site: Sept. 22, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Robert E. Lee High School, main lobby, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield;
  • Greenbelt site: Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Greenbelt Branch Library auditorium, 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt;
  • Current FBI site: Oct. 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., District Architecture Center, Hickok Cole Room, 421 7th St. NW;
  • Landover site: Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, Town Hall, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover.

GSA Narrows Down List of Potential Locations for New FBI Headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The General Services Administration has narrowed down the list of possible new locations for a new FBI headquarters by adding more geographic requirements, the Washington Post reports.

The FBI has become more restrictive about location, saying the new headquarters must be within two miles of a Metrorail station and within two-and-a-half miles of the Capital Beltway.

The new map represents areas that fit the requirements.

Maryland Man Gets 3 Years in Prison for Impersonating an FBI Agent: Said He Earned $37,000 a Month as an Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Maryland man was hit with the maximum three-year prison sentence on Thursday for impersonating an FBI agent, who said he could get discounts on real estate deals because he was with the bureau. It was the second time he had been convicted of impersonating a federal officer.

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. of Greenbelt, Md. sentenced John Angus Milton McBean, Jr., 41, of Oxon Hill, Md., after he pleaded guilty on Thursday.

Authorities discovered the problem after someone  contacted the FBI to say that  McBean was  posing as an FBI Special Agent and offered to assist the person in buying a home.

McBean told the person as an FBI agent  he had access to residential properties at significantly reduced prices, authorities said.

He offered access to such property for  an initial payment of $2,500. The person then gave him a partial payment of $775 as a down payment.

In May, the person interested in buying the home  introduced an undercover FBI task force officer to McBean, who posed as a friend  interested in the real estate discount.

McBean  drove the original buyer along with the undercover task force officer around Upper Marlboro, Md., in suburban D.C., to look for home. McBean solicited a “down payment” of approximately $2,700 from the undercover officer.

Authorities said that  McBean  said that he earned  $37,000 a month at the FBI, where he had worked since 1984. He also said that  he attended the University of Miami, majoring in psychology and hostage profiling and that he handled the transfer of dignitaries at “Andrews Air Force Base;” presently had an office in the White House, where he supervised U.S. Secret Service agents and owned several adult entertainment establishments and car dealerships.

Quite a resume.

He was arrested on arrested on May 31.

He was previously convicted of impersonating a federal officer and was sentenced in 2007 to 18 months in prison.

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IRS Revenue Officer Took Payoffs for Inside Info

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former IRS revenue officer pleaded guilty Wednesday in Greenbelt, Md., to taking payoffs from a tax preparer to access inside information about clients, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Mark E. Hunt, 45, of Baltimore admitted unlawfully accessing 12 taxpayer accounts at the IRS, authorities said.

According to Hunt’s guilty plea, from March 1999 to May 2004, he wore his IRS identification and was introduced as the “man on the inside” at meetings between the owner of a tax preparation service and potential clients or investors, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

He ultimately accessed 12 of the clients’ IRS accounts “to obtain confidential information that the owner needed to further his businesses,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “In so doing, Hunt entered the IRS databases 24 times in order to illegally navigate the stored data and retrieve confidential taxpayer information.”

He first denied knowing the tax preparer in 2008, but later admitted that he was paid 10 to 12 occasions to provide the taxpayer information.

Hunt faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Sentencing is set for Jan. 24 before U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus.

FBI Had Discussions About Moving Headquarters to Suburban Maryland

fbi headquarters2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI has had talks about moving its aging headquarters to Maryland, but the tanking economy may have put any plans on hold, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

A lawsuit filed by Greenbelt Ventures against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, says Metroland Developers was “secretly meeting with WMATA and the FBI analyzing a potential use of the WMATA property for the FBI’s relocation” in Greenbelt, a Washington suburb in Prince George’s County, Md, the Post reported. The FBI’s possible relocation was first reported in the Greenbelt News Review.

FBI spokesman Bill Carter told the Post there had been preliminary discussions to move the aging J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue NW “before the economy tanked.” He said many sites were considered, but he was not aware of the Greenbelt location.

Carter told the Post that Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) had pushed for a Maryland location, and that the National Harbor in Prince George’s County was under consideration.

Carter told the Post talks have not evolved since the economy tanked and that “I’m not aware of imminent plans to relocate the FBI at this time. Nothing has been decided.”

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