FBI Direc­tor Wray blasts head­quar­ters selec­tion process for lack­ing trans­paren­cy

FBI Director Wray blasts headquarters selection process for lacking transparency

FBI Direc­tor Christo­pher Wray raised alarm on Thurs­day over the Gen­er­al Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion’s process for choos­ing Green­belt, Mary­land, as the loca­tion of the bureau’s new multi­bil­lion-dol­lar head­quar­ters, say­ing he was wor­ried about “poten­tial con­flicts of inter­est” behind the deci­sion.
“Unfor­tu­nate­ly, we have con­cerns about fair­ness and trans­paren­cy in the process and GSA’s fail­ure to adhere to its own site selec­tion plan,” Wray wrote in a memo obtained by the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er that he sent to all FBI employ­ees.
The head­quar­ters selec­tion process has been a years­long fight between Mary­land and Vir­ginia, and it ramped up in July when, accord­ing to Wray, the GSA began a two-phase eval­u­a­tion of three preestab­lished options: Green­belt and Lan­dover, Mary­land, and Spring­field, Vir­ginia.
Wray said dur­ing the first phase, career gov­ern­ment offi­cials and experts unan­i­mous­ly agreed Spring­field was the best option.

FBI Direc­tor Christo­pher Wray tes­ti­fies at a hear­ing on Capi­tol Hi …