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Further Delays for FBI HQ while $11M CBP Facility Begins Construction

The selection of a new FBI headquarters was placed on hold yet again while Customs and Border Protection began construction on their new $11 million facility this week.

CBP’s 22,000-square-foot Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC) will be at March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley, California and will be built over the next 12 months.

Adjacent to the current center which was erected in 1988, the AMOC will serve as the hub for missions off the California coast, in addition to airborne missions along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The center will house the latest data processing, telecommunications and satellite-based tracking hardware available, according to Patch.com.

The AMOC will also manage helicopter and fixed-wing intercepts, not to mention unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) deployments.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the General Services Administration announced its decision to delay the selection of a new FBI headquarters until March of 2017.

After a decade of searching, GSA narrowed the location of the new headquarters to one of the following three DC suburbs: Greenbelt, Landover, or Springfield.

“Due to a strong and overwhelmingly positive response from developers to the solicitation [gsa.gov] issued earlier this year, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) now plan to announce the selected site and offeror for the competition in early March 2017,” said GSA spokeswoman Renee Kelly, in a statement.

While the location is a crucial piece of the puzzle, the major hang-up concerns funding for the project which is projected to cost $2 billion.

GSA said it will trade the FBI’s current headquarters in the J. Edgar Hoover Building to help finance the new facility, but still needs ample funding to pay for the entire project.

President Obama sought $1.4 billion in appropriations for the project in his fiscal 2017 budget. If approved by Congress, that money would add to $390 million already set aside for the project, assuaging fears that the Hoover Building would not fetch a high enough price to build a 2.1 million-square-foot secure campus.

“GSA and FBI are encouraged by the proposals received and are confident that, if Congress provides the resources requested in the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget, we will be able to deliver on our commitment to provide a world class facility for the FBI and a good deal for the taxpayer,” she said.

“Due to a strong and overwhelmingly positive response from developers to the solicitation [gsa.gov] issued earlier this year, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) now plan to announce the selected site and offeror for the competition in early March 2017,” said GSA spokeswoman Renee Kelly, in a statement.

“GSA and FBI are encouraged by the proposals received and are confident that, if Congress provides the resources requested in the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget, we will be able to deliver on our commitment to provide a world class facility for the FBI and a good deal for the taxpayer,” she said.

Posted in General News

Tags: FBI, CBP, GSA

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