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FBI Closer to Finding New Headquarters After GSA Launches Search for Builder

Current FBI Headquarters

Current FBI Headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After numerous delays, the FBI is finally one step closer to finding a new headquarters in the Washington D.C. area.

NDTV reports that the government began a formal search for a company to build a new headquarters at one of three proposed sites – Greenbelt, Landover or Springfield. 

A request for proposals by the General Services Administration was sent to several unnamed real estate firms that the government previously vetted to determine whether they were qualified to handle the project.

“The Administration is committed to acquiring a consolidated new headquarters facility for the FBI, a member of the intelligence community,” Bill Dowd, who manages the project for the GSA, said in a news release.

“The consolidated headquarters facility will allow the FBI to perform its critical national security, intelligence, and law enforcement missions in a new modern and secure facility.”

The current headquarters, the Hoover Building, is in poor shape and not modern enough to handle today’s law enforcement missions.

Charles Kable IV Named SAC of Counterintelligence Division at D.C. Field Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Charles H. Kable IV has been named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division at the Washington Field Office.

Kable most recently served as the chief of the Counterespionage Section at FBI Headquarters, overseeing field offices engaged in espionage, economic espionage and insider threat investigations, an FBI press release said.

Kable started his career with the FBI in 2000 and was first assigned to the San Francisco Field Office, Oakland Resident Agency, where he worked on counterespionage investigations and counterintelligence operations.

From there, he became program manager and acting unit chief in the Chinese Counterespionage Unit within the Counterespionage Section at FBI headquarters. In 2007, he was promoted to supervisory special agent of a counterintelligence squad in the San Antonio Field Office, Austin Resident Agency, the FBI said.

In 2009, he became the Chief of the Civilian Intelligence Officers in the Operations and Investigations Unit at headquarters. In 2011,  Kable served as the assistant section chief of the Counterespionage Section, and in 2012 he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Branch of the Los Angeles Field Office, according to a press release.

Before joining the FBI, Kable was a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy in the Pacific.

‘Largely Despised’ FBI Headquarters Offers Golden Opportunity to Redevelop Site

FBI's headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

FBI’s headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Supporters of reviving Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington  can’t wait for the FBI to relocate the J. Edgar Hoover Building to a new suburban campus so redevelopment can begin, Business Journal reports.

Calling the building a “Brutalist and largely despised FBI home,” the Business Journal wrote that supporters want to replace headquarters with something that is mixed-use and open to the public.

The 2.8-million-square-foot Hoover Building, which was dedicated in 1975, “casts an ugly shadow over its surroundings,” the reporter wrote.

A 108-page guide, the Pennsylvania Avenue Plan, was written in 1974 and encouraged retail in the building, which never happened.

In December, the National Capital Planning Commission on unanimously supported new language in the plan that would “accommodate high-density” commercial, residential and cultural uses.

“We want to see an increase in daily active uses around all four sides of this property and we want to also see an increase in commerce and public use as well as national and local events,” Elizabeth Miller, the NCPC’s director of physical planning, told the panel.

Judge Wanted to block TSA Lease for New Headquarters over ‘Ill-Gotten Gain’

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal court judge tried to block the General Services Administration from giving TSA a new headquarters at Victory Center in Alexandria, BizJournal reports. 

Judge Charles Lettow released an order that said GSA leased more space for a TSA headquarters than was authorized by Congress, calling the deal an “ill-gotten gain.”

The redacted order comes after Lettow struck down the GSA’s lease on Nov. 11 following protests by other bidders competing on the contract.

GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth said her agency is still examining the judge’s decision.

“Obviously, it’s litigation, so I don’t want to step into that, but we’ll take a look at what the ruling was and have an understanding of what that means for us and make decisions about how we move forward,” she said in a recent roundtable with reporters.

FBI HQ is Crumbling: Why is It So Hard to Build a New One

FBI's headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

FBI’s headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

By Jonathan O’Connell
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Beneath the headquarters of America’s premier crime-fighting organization, one of the parking ramps has been condemned because corroded pieces of the ceiling were falling on cars.

Netting hangs on the Ninth Street facade to prevent broken concrete from hitting passersby 160 feet down on the sidewalk below. During a July fire drill, half of the building’s alarms didn’t go off.

For more than a decade, leaders at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have warned that the bureau needed to replace the J. Edgar Hoover Building, a concrete fortress designed as a symbol of strength that has instead come to serve as a lesson in government inaction.

“Where else in the city is there something like that? The answer is nowhere,” said Dan Tangherlini, a former administrator for the General Services Administration, which oversees federal real estate. “In the private sector you would never do this. You would just fix it up.”

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Plans to Build New FBI Headquarters Is Delayed over Dispute Among Agencies

Current FBI Headquarters

Current FBI Headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s plans to move into a new headquarters has hit a snag over a dispute involving the bureau, Office of Management and Budget and GSA, The New York Times reports. 

The dispute stems from how the federal government is going to pay for the 2.1-million-square-foot headquarters in one of three Washington D.C. suburbs.

As a result of the disagreement, the next step of releasing the second request for site proposals and draft environmental impact statements have been delayed.

“The fundamental problem with these federal real property assets is that there’s no money to replace and modernize them,” said Daniel M. Tangherlini, who was the administrator of the G.S.A., the government’s landlord, until he left for the private sector in February. “But there is also no money to leave them the way they are.”

The current headquarters is literally crumbling and can only house about half of the headquarters staff.

Ex-FBI Agent Ordered to Undergo Psychiatric Exam After Strange Encounter with CIA

CIA Headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent who confronted officials at NSA and CIA headquarters has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after her bizarre encounter with federal officials, the Associated Press reports.

Tunisia Davis, of Alexandria, is being held for a psychiatric evaluation after she was accused of trying to grab an officer’s gun and loudly declaring that the CIA should be bombed.

Authorities said Davis told CIA officials she was curious what would happen if she just showed up at headquarters.

Davis was a special agent from 2004 to 2010.

Officials said she has refused to eat or drink since being arrested.

Maryland Makes Big Pledge to FBI in Hopes of Luring New Headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 
Maryland is trying its best to lure the FBI’s headquarters to the state. 

The Washington Post reports that Maryland and Prince George County have pledged to commit hundreds of millions of dollars on road improvements if the FBI relocates from downtown Washington to Greenbelt or Landover.

Support has also come from the state’s congressional delegation.

Maryland is locked in a tight competition for the headquarters with Springfield in Fairfax County.

The headquarters will bring an estimated 11,000 FBI jobs.

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