Maryland and Virginia competing for FBI headquarters

WLNI-MWASHINGTON (AP) _ Some Virginia officials believe last month’s elections have given the commonwealth a better chance of being the next home of the FBI’s headquarters in an ongoing battle with Maryland’s Prince George’s County. Virginia officials tell The Washington Post that Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s loss of control off the powerful Appropriations Committee could level the playing field and help Virginia. Both states are angling for the largest new federal campus since the CIA built its Langley, Virginia headquarters in 1961. The General Services Administration is working to swap the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown Washington for a new 2.1 million-square-foot campus. It would consolidate 11,000 FBI workers from across the region. Maryland lawmakers say the pitch for a Greenbelt location should win on its merits.

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