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Maryland Officials Trying to Lure FBI Headquarters to Suburbs

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The DEA headquarters is housed in suburban Virginia. So is the Pentagon.

So would it be that outlandish to move the legendary, but outdated FBI headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue, just down the street from the Capitol, to suburban Maryland?

Maryland officials apparently think it’s not unreasonable. In fact, they think it’s a great idea to move thousands of bureau jobs out their way.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland officials are working behind the scenes to try and make that happen in Prince George’s County, a suburban county just outside D.C.

“I’m very bullish on this being located in Maryland,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), according to the Sun. “Maryland is well-situated.

The FBI has outgrown the 37-year-old J. Edgar Hoover Building, that is crumbling and far too small to hold all the employees it needs to accommodate. The Sun reports that the workforce is scattered over 22 annex buildings in the Washington area.

epairs and upgrades.

A more pressing problem, agency officials have said, is that the FBI’s burgeoning workforce is scattered over 22 annex buildings throughout the Washington region.

The Sun reported that a new complex would not be completed until at least 2020.

 

Atty. Gen. Holder Delivers Uplifting, Cheerleader-like Speech to the Troops

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Sometimes the troops need an uplifting, cheerleader-like speech.

And that’s what Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. — who has sometimes been the Republicans’ favorite pinata — delivered Monday to a crowd of more than 100 employees at the Great Hall at the Department of Justice at 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

“I have been privileged to serve this Department, I have worked alongside – and learned from – some of the world’s most talented and dedicated lawyers, law enforcement officials, and public servants. Every day, you and your colleagues – a team that’s now more than 114,000 members strong – carry out your important jobs with the simple, but essential, goals of protecting and improving lives – and pursuing justice in every case, every circumstance, and every community.”

“Like you, I love this Department. And, like you, I am proud – not only to serve it, but also to champion its work.”

“Just over two years ago, together, we launched a new chapter in the Department’s extraordinary history. And I was honored that – on that February day – so many of you welcomed me home.

“That day, as I stood before you – and swore the oath of office for the last job I will ever hold here – I laid out three priorities that would guide our work. First, and most importantly, I promised that the Department’s top priority – and our chief responsibility – would be protecting the security, rights, and interests of the American people.

“I also pledged to reinvigorate the Department’s traditional missions and breathe new life into important areas that had been overlooked in recent years.

“Finally, I promised to heal the Department – by rebuilding morale and restoring credibility. As a young lawyer, I had seen my first boss and one of my personal heroes – Attorney General Edward Levi – do just that in the wake of the Watergate scandal.”

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