The FBI may be moving out of its cramped, crumbling headquarters in Washington, and both Virginia and Maryland are trying to lure the agency. Lawmakers from Virginia pressed a House of Representatives panel Wednesday to forgo a requirement that a potential new FBI headquarters be located close to the Capital Beltway, a provision they said gives Maryland an unfair advantage as the two states compete for the lucrative development, reports the Baltimore Sun. Maryland officials have been working for months to lure the FBI to Prince George’s County if the agency leaves its 38-year-old headquarters, the J. Edgar Hoover Building, in downtown Washington. The state is competing for the roughly $1 billion development project and the 11,000 jobs associated with it.
But at a hearing of the House subcommittee on economic development and public buildings, lawmakers from Virginia and Washington pushed back on a provision included in a Senate resolution that would require the building to be situated within 2.5 miles of Interstate 495 — a provision they said would give some Virginia counties a disadvantage. The General Services Administration, which acts as the landlord for the federal government, is in the early stages of considering whether to build a new headquarters for the FBI. The GSA received 35 responses this month to a solicitation for interest in the project, but has not discussed details about them. The FBI has so outgrown its old building that about half of the agency’s staff work in 21 satellite offices scattered around the region.