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Statement from County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Regarding United States General Services Administration Office of the Inspector General Report
Upper Marlboro, MD - Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement following the General Services Administration (GSA) Office of the Inspector General report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters relocation project. Click here to read The Washington Post article on the report.
“Earlier this year when G.S.A. and F.B.I. officials briefed aides and staff of the Congressional delegation regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to cancel the process for the relocation and consolidation of the F.B.I. Headquarters, I traveled to Capitol Hill to hear, firsthand, the reasons for this arbitrary decision. And the decision seemed particularly arbitrary after Prince George’s County, Fairfax County, the State of Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, along with the private sector partners, spent approximately $60 million to compete for the opportunity to be the new home to a consolidated F.B.I. Headquarters campus. Today’s report released by the G.S.A. Office of the Inspector General affirms that we were misinformed about the reasons for the abrupt cancellation of this project earlier this year by the Trump Administration.
It may not be new news to hear that President Trump struggles with facts and the truth, but we expect our federal government departments and agencies, administrators, and processes to adhere to the rules and laws defining federal lease procurement practices. I want to thank the Congressional Delegation from Maryland – Senator Cardin, Senator Van Hollen, Rep. Hoyer, and Rep. Brown for their diligence and commitment to ensure fairness in this process for the residents of Maryland. I also want to applaud the Virginia Congressional Delegation and our neighbors in Fairfax County for their persistence and equal commitment to their constituents.
Prince George’s County continues to have two outstanding sites – at the Greenbelt Metro Station and the former Landover Mall Site - that stand ready to support the original federal procurement for a consolidated, high security, modern F.B.I headquarters, along with the dedicated F.B.I. employees who serve this nation’s vital security interests.”