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Statement from GSA Administrator regarding FBI Director comments

WASHINGTON – The following is a statement from U.S. General Services Administrator Robin Carnahan regarding the FBI suburban headquarters site selection process. The agency’s site selection process and decision can be found in GSA’s press release issued earlier today and in GSA’s reading room.

“GSA and FBI teams have spent countless hours working closely together over many months, so we’re disappointed that the FBI Director is now making inaccurate claims directed at our agency, our employees, and our site selection plan and process.” 

“Any suggestion that there was inappropriate interference is unfounded. The choice of Greenbelt, Maryland, is fully consistent with the decision-making process as well as all laws, regulations, and ethical considerations. We stand behind the process, the decision, and all of the public servants who carefully followed the process and made a good decision on behalf of the FBI and the public.”

“At every step, the GSA team has worked to incorporate the FBI’s feedback and appropriately address their concerns, including conducting a legal review of each concern raised. In the spirit of continued full transparency, we are releasing relevant information that has been exchanged between our organizations so that the public and the FBI workforce has an opportunity to review it in full. We remain committed to delivering a new headquarters for the FBI workforce that is worthy of their important mission.”

Additional information:

GSA Decision Announcement 
GSA Reading Room


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