Wolf lobbies for FBI headquarters in Va.

Posted: March 14, 2013

The Winchester Star

Rep. Frank R. Wolf

WINCHESTER — The FBI could build a new headquarters in Northern Virginia, but if the amount of time Frederick County leaders have had to wait for the bureau to build a records facility in the area is any indication, such a move could be a long way off.

Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-10th, testified before a House subcommittee Wednesday in support of moving the FBI headquarters to Virginia from the deteriorating 38-year-old J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington.

The FBI is considering relocating to Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun or Prince William counties, as well as Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Herndon, Vienna or Manassas.

In his testimony, Wolf argued that moving the FBI headquarters to Northern Virginia makes sense because a number of its important offices are already in Virginia — and “the FBI’s new records facility is slated to be built in Virginia.”

Construction on the 974,000-square-foot records facility near Clear Brook was originally scheduled to begin in 2008 and be completed in 2010, but the $97 million project has been beset by money woes.

No work has taken place. In 2009, undisclosed cost increases slowed progress on the project.

No money was made available for the work in federal budgets for the past two years, according to a spokeswoman for Wolf.

She added that once the House, Senate and president craft a budget for fiscal year 2014, the final draft could include money for the records center — which is expected to employ 1,200 people.

— Contact Conor Gallagher at cgallagher@winchesterstar.com