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Correction: FBI Headquarters story

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 31, 2014 at 3:22 pm •  Published: July 31, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story July 29 about the search for a new FBI headquarters, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the warehouse under consideration as a potential site was located in Franconia, Virginia. The warehouse is actually in the neighboring community of Springfield, near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Franconia Road.

A corrected version of the story is below:

3 sites make shortlist for new FBI headquarters

Government names 3 suburban sites in Maryland, Virginia as finalists for new FBI headquarters

By ERIC TUCKER

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation would move its headquarters from a storied, decades-old home in the nation's capital to a new location in the suburbs under a federal government proposal released Tuesday.

The General Services Administration, which oversees federal office space, named two sites in suburban Maryland and one in northern Virginia as the three finalists for the new FBI headquarters.

The J. Edgar Hoover Building, a hulking Brutalist structure, began housing FBI workers in 1974 on prime Pennsylvania Avenue real estate between the Capitol and the White House. The building, which occupies a downtown city block across the street from the Justice Department, is known by many Americans for its appearances in news broadcasts and movies. Millions have visited for tours, which are now discontinued.

But the FBI has long complained that the building — named for the agency's first and longest-serving director — is obsolete, inefficient and no longer meets the needs of an organization that has grown dramatically in the last 40 years. Those findings were confirmed by a 2011 Government Accountability Office report that agreed the building didn't meet the agency's long-term security needs. The FBI has been pushing to move thousands of employees spread among leased annexes in the region into a secure consolidated headquarters that would fit with an agency whose focus has evolved to intelligence and counterterrorism.

Word that the GSA was looking for a new location for the FBI set off intense jockeying from local and federal officials in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Though any move would likely be years away, the contenders clamored for the rights to a massive economic development project with the potential to bring thousands of jobs, expand the tax base and boost area retail and service industries.

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