Inspec­tor gen­er­al launch­es inquiry into FBI head­quar­ters con­tro­ver­sy

Inspector general launches inquiry into FBI headquarters controversy

A gov­ern­ment watch­dog opened an inves­ti­ga­tion Thurs­day into claims that the selec­tion of Mary­land as the FBI’s new multi­bil­lion-dol­lar head­quar­ters loca­tion involved a deci­sion-mak­ing process taint­ed by a con­flict of inter­est.
The inspec­tor gen­er­al for the Gen­er­al Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion, the agency tasked with choos­ing the loca­tion, con­firmed the inves­ti­ga­tion in a let­ter to Sen. Mark Warn­er (D‑VA), whose home state lost out dur­ing the process.
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“My office is ini­ti­at­ing an eval­u­a­tion of GSA’s selec­tion of the site,” Inspec­tor Gen­er­al Robert Erick­son wrote.
“Our objec­tive will be to assess the agency’s process and pro­ce­dures for the site selec­tion to relo­cate the FBI Head­quar­ters,” Erick­son added. “We intend to begin this work imme­di­ate­ly and will share with you and the rel­e­vant com­mit­tees a copy of any report which may result from this eval­u­a­tion.”
The inspec­tor gen­er­al’s announce­ment came after the GSA revealed this month it had cho­sen Green­belt, Mary­land, over Spring­field, Vir­ginia, fol­low­ing a con­tentious decade­long feud between the two states over which would ulti­mate­ly host the head­quar­ters.

FBI Direc­tor Christo­pher Wray is pic­tured Tues­day, Oct. 31, 2023, on Capi­tol Hill in Wash­ing­ton.
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