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Federal Government Seeks Public Input on New FBI Headquarters

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

How should the FBI redevelop it new headquarters?

The National Capital Planning Commission is hosting two public meetings this week determine the best course of action, the Associated Press reports. 

The FBI plan to leave the J. Edgar Hoover Building and move to a new location in either Virginia or Maryland.

The first meeting is tonight.

Authorities are seeking guidance on the design, size and land use.

Future FBI Headquarters Likely Won’t Be Named After J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When the FBI moves its headquarters, the new building may no longer be graced with J. Edgar Hoover’s name.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, argued that the future headquarters should not be named after Hoover, who has been frequently criticized for targeting civil rights leaders.

In a latter to the Obama administration, Leahy wrote that the former FBI director “routinely violated the law and infringed on the constitutional rights of American citizens by ordering investigations of individuals and groups who were not suspected of any criminal wrongdoing,” according to the Washington Post. 

Leahy wrote that Hoover’s FBI “illegally compiled thousands of dossiers on nonviolent civil rights groups” and “waged a concerted campaign against gay and lesbian Americans working for the Federal government and against gay and lesbian organizations.”

He wrote: “Given the systemic abuses carried out under Director Hoover’s leadership, it would be a mistake to associate his name with the new FBI headquarters. If the new building will be named for anyone, the Federal government must consider individuals who represent our values and who have dedicated their public service careers to upholding the rule of law.”

The FBI did not respond for comment.

Plans for New TSA Headquarters Delayed for 2 Years Over Bidding Process

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA was expected to get a new headquarters in Alexandria by 2018, but those plans have been delayed until 2020, the Alexandria Times reports.

The decision appears to be influenced by plans for a new bidding process.

The GSA recently requested a request to amend the lease proposals to bidders to clarify certain requirements.

A judge recently voided a lease by Victory Center at 5001 Eisenhower Ave., where TSA was expected to move, over issues with the square footage available.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Janitor Killed in Hail of Bullets While Headed to Work at Bureau’s Headquarters

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

Gabriel Carlos Turner had just eaten breakfast with his mother and was headed to work as a janitor at FBI headquarters when he was shot and killed Thursday morning.

Turner, 46, who worked for 15 years as a janitor at the J. Edgar Hoover Building, was on his way to a bus top at about noon when someone opened fire on him, NBC4 reports. 

“I don’t know why nobody had to kill him. He didn’t bother nobody,” Ellen Turner said hours after her son was killed just steps from her home.

Witnesses reported hearing at least six gunshots.

Authorities did not say whether they knew of a suspect or motive.

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.