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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

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

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
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.

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

By Steve Neavling

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.

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.

Edward Reinhold to Head up the FBI’s Knoxville Division

Edward Reinhold

By Allan Lengel

Edward W. Reinhold has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Division.

Reinhold most recently served as a section chief for the National Name Check Program in the Records Management Division at FBI headquarters, the FBI said in a press release.

Reinhold joined the FBI in 1987 and was first assigned to the Las Cruces resident agency of the Albuquerque Division.

Ten years later, he was promoted to a supervisory special agent at headquarters in the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, where he was responsible for training law enforcement organizations throughout the world in the various CJIS systems and programs, the FBI said.

In 2000, he became a supervisory senior resident agent in Augusta, Ga.

In 2007, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Omaha Division, where he oversaw criminal, cyber, and administrative matters until 2012 when he returned to headquarters.


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

By Steve Neavling

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.

FBI Agent Joshua Skule Named Special Agent In Charge of Intelligence at Washington Field Office

By Allan Lengel

FBI agent Joshua Skule has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Intelligence Division at the Washington Field Office (WFO). He most recently served as a deputy assistant director (DAD) in the Counterterrorism Division (CTD) at FBI headquarters.

Skule began his career as a special agent with the FBI in 1998. He was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where he investigated violent crimes and public corruption, the FBI said in a press release.

In 2008, he was promoted to a unit chief in CTD, where he was responsible for counterterrorism investigations within the United States.

A year later, he was selected as assistant section chief in CTD. In 2011, he was appointed to serve as assistant special agent in charge of the Criminal Division at the Washington Field Office.

In 2012, he was appointed to serve as a section chief in CTD, and one year later, he was promoted to DAD.