Maryland, Virginia Lawmakers Tussle Over FBI HQ Decision At Congressional Hearing

Members of a U.S. House committee on Tuesday grilled the head of the General Services Administration over the agency’s recent decision to place the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s new headquarters in Maryland instead of Virginia.

“The process — or lack thereof — raises many questions that need to be answered,” the chair of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, James Comer of Kentucky, said in his opening remarks.

Maryland and Virginia members of the committee also battled over the decision at the hearing. Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia said he wants the committee to push for an inspector general’s report on the process and Comer agreed to do so.

GSA last week picked the Greenbelt site over the Springfield, Virginia, and Landover options for the FBI, which gained praise from Maryland lawmakers but ire from Virginia lawmakers who criticized the move as political and scrutinized the decision.