The federal government will reportedly end its search for new FBI headquarters, The Hill reads.
The Washington Post, citing officials within the General Services Administration, reported that the officials will make the announcement on Tuesday. The end of the search for a new FBI campus comes after real estate developers had sought to bid on the endeavor and after attempts by the federal agencies during both the Trump and Obama administrations to secure funding.
The state of the J. Edgar Hoover building has long been a point of concern among FBI officials who have expressed fears that it may be vulnerable to attacks, The Post said. The FBI’s chief financial officer in a 2015 interview with the newspaper said “having a state-of-the-art facility that meets that mission is paramount.”
“Security concerns are important. And you just have to open up the public records to see where you know bad things can happen if you don’t have the right security precautions,” Richard L. Haley II told The Post at the time. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer slammed the Trump administration for the impending announce.
“The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are putting the safety and security of our country at risk,” Hoyer said, according to the report.
Officials who spoke with The Post also said the absence of lasting leadership at the FBI and GSA may have hurt the push for funding.