Disappointment mounts but local support remains strong for Prince George’s County’s relocation bid.
The decision for the new location for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters has been delayed –leaving Prince George’s County in limbo for at least a few more months.
Despite disappointment from Maryland officials, confidence remains strong that one of the two Maryland locations in Prince George’s will ultimately prevail over Springfield, Virginia.
The Baltimore Sun Reports:
The General Services Administration said Monday it will delay selecting a site for the headquarters until March. The agency initially planned to choose between the three sites in play — two in Maryland and one in Virginia — by the end of the year.
The delay drew pointed criticism from members of Maryland’s congressional delegation, including Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, who has made landing the headquarters in Maryland a priority for the final months before her retirement in January.
Mikulski, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, along with other members of the delegation, helped secure federal funding for the project late last year. A spending measure approved by Congress in December included $390 million for the headquarters.
“I’m deeply disappointed in more delay,” Mikulski said in a statement. “I will continue to work my earrings off to put the funds in the federal checkbook for a new, fully consolidated headquarters. This is a headquarters that belongs in Prince George’s County, keeping our country and the American people safe while creating new jobs in Maryland.”
“While we would have preferred that the GSA adhere to its original schedule of the end of the calendar year, the extra time does not change the fact that we believe Prince George’s County has without question the two best sites for the future location of the consolidated FBI headquarters,” said David Iannucci, senior economic development adviser to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.
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