FBI Headquarters Consolidation
For updated information on this project please see the GSA Announces Site Selection Process for New FBI HQ News Release.
GSA is in the process of finding a new headquarters location for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI currently occupies the J. Edgar Hoover Building (JEH), located at 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, and numerous other leased facilities that support its headquarters functions. The project involves exchanging JEH for a new facility that can accommodate the FBI's headquarters operations and allow it to consolidate into one location.
The proposed action would allow GSA to leverage its current assets in exchange for property and services that would support federal space consolidation efforts of GSA and FBI; and allow for the Pennsylvania Avenue parcel to be conveyed to the private sector consistent with redevelopment goals for the avenue, while improving the efficiency of GSA's and FBI's real estate operations. This project is part of GSA's ongoing effort to get under-performing federal facilities off of the government's books, while creating the greatest possible value for taxpayers.
In January 2013, GSA issued a Request for Information (RFI) to garner reaction from members of the development community, local and state jurisdictions, and other interested parties regarding feasibility, issues, and considerations of such a transaction structure. The 38 responses to the RFI helped to inform GSA's strategic planning for the project.
In November 2013, the RFI was followed by a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) for sites within the National Capital Region to be used for the development of a new FBI headquarters. In addition to the sites submitted in response to the REOI, GSA also is considering government-owned sites. From the REOI process, three acceptable sites were identified; one in Fairfax County, Virginia and two in Prince George's County, Maryland.
On December 19, 2014, GSA issued a Phase I Request for Proposals (Phase I RFP) seeking an exchange partner to develop, design, construct, and deliver the new facility. The Phase I RFP process was used to select a short list of up to five qualified offerors to compete in the Phase II procurement.
In January 2016, GSA issued the Phase II Request for Proposals (Phase II RFP) to the shortlisted offerors, which detailed the requirements of the new facility and information on the three selected sites. GSA is currently reviewing and evaluating the proposals to identify both the exchange partner and site that provides the best value to the Government.
As part of the Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Congress directed the GSA Administrator to select a site "as expeditiously as possible" from one of the three previously identified sites during project planning in 2016: Greenbelt, Md.; Landover, Md.; and Springfield, Va. GSA's site selection approach is based on best practices in public real estate acquisitions and its long-standing expertise in developing federal facilities. The process also incorporates federal agency goals and directives from law, regulations, and executive orders. To provide transparency to the public and stakeholders about how this determination will be made, GSA is publicly providing a summary fact sheet of the evaluation process and a copy of the site selection plan. These can be found in GSA's FOIA Reading Room and on the sidebar here.
GSA anticipates making a selection in the coming months. In parallel, efforts are underway to identify critical space for an FBI downtown DC facility, complementing the new suburban campus, in accordance with the FY 2023 President's Budget. This site will allow for continued FBI accessibility to the Department of Justice and other key partners.
The shortcut for this page is www.gsa.gov/fbihqconsolidation.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to consider the impacts that a proposed action may have on the human environment as part of their decision making process. GSA, as lead agency, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), and the National Park Service (NPS), as cooperating agencies, is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to guide the evaluation of alternatives for a new permanent location for a consolidated FBI Headquarters (HQ).
Transportation Update Meetings
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is planning to hold public meetings to discuss the updated transportation impacts related to the consolidation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters (FBI HQ) at a new permanent location at either Greenbelt, MD; Landover, MD; or Springfield, VA.
GSA’s Draft EIS, released in November 2016, indicated that FBI recently completed a detailed analysis pointing to a need for additional parking. It was determined that the parking was not sufficient at either the Greenbelt, MD or Springfield, VA sites. The Final EIS will analyze the additional parking at each site and the associated impacts and proposed mitigations.
We are holding public meetings for each site to provide information about the methodology for changes in the modal splits, reasons for the change, impacts of the additional vehicles, and the resulting mitigations. It should be noted that the amount of parking at the Landover, MD site did not change from the Draft EIS; however, there were some revisions to the transportation mitigation measures that may be of interest.
This update provides an opportunity for the community to start formulating their comments on the Final EIS as well as to ask questions, provide input, and learn how to participate in the FBI HQ transportation activities after the conclusion of the Final EIS. The meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. on the dates and at the locations noted below:
Greenbelt Site: Monday, February 13th, 2017
Greenbelt Public Library Auditorium; 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770
Springfield Site: Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Robert E. Lee High School Cafeteria; 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield, VA 22150
Landover Site: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Kentland Community Center Multipurpose Rooms 2 & 3; 2413 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, MD 20785
FBI Headquarters Consolidation
Draft Environmental Impact Statement
- Executive Summary [PDF - 8 MB]
- Chapter 1: Introduction [PDF - 737 KB]
- Chapter 2: Proposed Action and Alternatives [PDF - 7 MB]
- Chapter 3: Impact Evaluation Methodology [PDF - 2 MB]
- Chapter 4: J. Edgar Hoover (JEH) Parcel [PDF - 14 MB]
- Chapter 5: Greenbelt Alternative [PDF - 12 MB]
- Chapter 6: Landover Alternative [PDF - 11 MB]
- Chapter 7: Springfield Alternative [PDF - 12 MB]
- Chapter 8: Cumulative Impacts [PDF - 1 MB]
- Chapter 9: Public Involvement [PDF - 722 KB]
- Chapter 10: List of Preparers [PDF - 149 KB]
- Chapter 11: Distribution and Notification List [PDF - 404 KB]
- Chapter 12: List of Acronyms [PDF - 197 KB]
- Chapter 13: Reference List [PDF - 335 KB]
- Appendix A: FBI HQ Consolidation [PDF - 13 MB]
- Appendix B: JEH Parcel TIA, Part 1 [PDF - 10 MB]
- Appendix B: JEH TIA, Part 2 [PDF - 10 MB]
- Appendix B: JEH TIA, Part 3 [PDF - 9 MB]
- Appendix C: FBI HQ DEIS - Greenbelt TIA, Part 1 [PDF - 10 MB]
- Appendix C: FBI HQ DEIS - Greenbelt TIA, Part 2 [PDF - 10 MB]
- Appendix C: FBI HQ DEIS - Greenbelt TIA, Part 3 [PDF - 6 MB]
- Appendix D: FBI HQ DEIS - Landover TIA, Part 1 [PDF - 10 MB]
- Appendix D: FBI HQ DEIS - Landover TIA, Part 2 [PDF - 10 MB]
- Appendix D: FBI HQ DEIS - Landover TIA, Part 3 [PDF - 8 MB]
- Appendix E: FBI HQ DEIS - Springfield TIA, Part 1 [PDF - 10 MB]
- Appendix E: FBI HQ DEIS - Springfield TIA, Part 2 [PDF - 9 MB]
The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires federal agencies to consider the effects that a proposed action may have on historic resources and to consult on means to avoid, minimize, or mitigate effects determined to be adverse. For the proposed action, GSA's EIS will include a summary of the proposed action's potential impact to cultural resources. In conjunction with GSA's NEPA documentation, GSA will fulfill its Section 106 responsibilities by conducting consultation as necessary with consulting parties to evaluate the potential for effects to historic resources on or near the sites under consideration for the new FBI Headquarters.
GSA has determined, and the DC State Historic Preservation Office has concurred, that the J. Edgar Hoover Building is not eligible under Criteria Consideration G for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Section 106 consultation will evaluate the potential for effects to adjacent and nearby National Register-listed properties, including the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site.
Programmatic Agreement and Exhibits
- Programmatic Agreement for the FBI Headquarters Consolidation, Exchange, and Redevelopment [PDF - 1 MB]
- Exhibit 1 PADC Penn Ave Plan 1974 [PDF - 5 MB]
Exhibit 1 Penn Ave Historic Preservation Plan [PDF - 803 KB]
- Exhibit 2 Area of Potential Effect for the Landover Site [PDF - 5 MB]
Exhibit 3 Area of Potential Effect for the Greenbelt Site [PDF - 5 MB]
- Exhibit 4 Area of Potential Effect for the Springfield Site [PDF - 6 MB]
- Exhibit 5 Area of Potential Effect for Squares 378 and 379 [PDF - 726 KB]
Exhibit 6 DC SHPO CLI Letter [PDF - 378 KB]
- Exhibit 7 NPS Land [PDF - 488 KB]
Exhibit 8 PADC 1978 MOA DC SHPO ACHP [PDF - 169 KB]
Exhibit 9 General Guidelines CFR 2001 Title 36 Vol 3 Part 910 [PDF - 169 KB]
Exhibit 10 1996 MOA Penn Ave Federal Register [PDF - 35 KB]
Exhibit 11 Penn Ave Plan Amendment for Squares 378 and 379 [PDF - 1 MB]
Exhibit 12 Form of Quitclaim Deed [PDF - 66 KB]
- J. Edgar Hoover Building DC SHPO Concurrence with Determination of Eligibility [PDF - 109 KB]
- Federal Register Notice of Intent (Public Notice) Page 1 and Page 2
- Section 106 Initiation Letters
- GSA FBI Building Consolidation and Exchange SHPO Letter [PDF - 87 KB]
- GSA to DCSHPO FBI HQ Plan Amendment [PDF - 3 MB]
- Programmatic Agreement Outline (January 2016) [PDF - 78 KB]
- DC SHPO No Adverse Effect Determination – PADC Plan Amendment [PDF - 87 KB]
- NPS Concurrence with PADC Plan Amendment [PDF - 49 KB]
- Proposed PADC Plan Amendment [PDF - 55 KB]
- PADC Plan Amendment Transmittal Letter to Congress [PDF - 26 KB]
- GSA Letter to NCPC Regarding Square Guidelines (2/10/17) [PDF - 28 KB]
Consulting Party Meetings
- CP Meeting #1, June 16, 2015 [PDF - 1 MB]
- CP Meeting #2, January 19, 2016 [PDF - 701 KB]
- CP Meeting #3, April 12, 2016 [PDF - 193 KB]
- CP Meeting #4, May 17, 2016 [PDF - 308 KB]
- CP Meeting #5, June 14 and 15, 2016--no minutes available (edits and annotations written directly on the PA)
Reference Documents and Links
- J. Edgar Hoover Building Determination of Eligibility] [PDF - 8 MB]
- Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation MOA, July 1996 [PDF]
- 36 CFR Part 800 [PDF]
- DC Law 2-144 [PDF]
- NEPA-NHPA Handbook
- Pennsylvania Avenue Plan Amendment Recommendation (NCPC) [PDF - 2 MB]
- Pennsylvania Avenue Cultural Landscape Inventory [PDF - 8 MB]
- 36 CFR Part 910 (General Guidelines and Uniform Standards for Urban Planning and Design of Development within the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Area) [PDF - 959 KB]
- 1978 PADC Historic Preservation MOA [PDF - 959 KB]
Information may be uploaded to this section at a later date, should stewardship responsibilities for the J. Edgar Hoover Building, while still in GSA ownership, come into effect.