July 12, 2017

CREW requests:

  1. Copies of all records from January 20, 2017, to the present explaining the decision of the General Services Administration (“GSA”), announced on July 11, 2017, to cancel the procurement for the new FBI headquarters consolidation project.
  2. Copies of communications between GSA Regional Commissioner Mary Gibert and GSA Administrator Tim Horne from January 20, 2017, to the present concerning GSA’s decision to cancel the procurement for the new FBI headquarters consolidation project.
  3. Copies of email communications between either Mary Gilbert and Tim Horne and any individual at the eop.gov domain from January 20, 2017, to the present concerning GSA’s decision to cancel the procurement for the new FBI headquarters consolidation project.
  4. Copies of communications between FBI officials and GSA concerning GSA’s decision to cancel the procurement for the new FBI headquarters consolidation project.
  5. Copies of communications between the Office of Management and Budget and GSA concerning GSA’s decision to cancel the procurement for the new FBI headquarters consolidation project.
  6. Copies of records sufficient to show the amount of federal funds expended to evaluate the final three locations designated by GSA as possible sites for the new FBI headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia and Prince George’s County, Maryland.

The sudden and unexpected decision of GSA to cancel what it termed the “new FBI headquarters consolidation project,” announced on July 11, 2017, has generated criticism and controversy.  The cancellation has raised questions about its cause, specifically whether it is due to “uncertainty in the White House and Congress over whether to spend the necessary funds to build the new headquarters, and to delays in appointing top officials at the FBI  and the [GSA].”

The requested records will help answer these questions and assist the public in evaluating the merits of the cancellation decision, especially in light of the significant amount of money that already has been spent on this project.

Read the FOIA request here.

Update: On February 20, 2018, CREW filed a lawsuit against the GSA challenging their refusal  to disclose to CREW in response to a FOIA request records pertaining to GSA’s decision to cancel the procurement for the new FBI headquarters. Read more about our lawsuit here.