WASHINGTON, January 23. /Corr. Anton Freaks/. U.S. President Barack Obama will ask Congress to allocate an additional $1.4 billion for the construction of a new building for the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI). As reported on Friday, the Office of General services of U.S. administration, this item was included in the draft budget for next year, which will be presented to the White house on 9 February.
“The administration plans to purchase the building for the new headquarters of the FBI” and the request “of$1.4 billion will be included in the paragraph relating to the financing of the construction of the” draft budget for the next year, according to a published on the website of the office of the message. The US administration stressed that Congress has already approved the allocation of $390 million in the budget for the current fiscal year.
The white house also launched a contest for contractors, the winner of which will be built in the American suburbs of the capital the headquarters of the FBI. According to the administration, the new building, which area is less than 200 thousand square meters, will be located in one of the neighboring Washington States – Maryland or Virginia. The winner will also have the old FBI building in the city center on Pennsylvania Avenue. According to local media, the construction area of 200 thousand square meters, will be turned into an office center.
Now the U.S. secret service formally occupies the building that bears the name of J. Edgar Hoover, the legendary FBI Director, who worked in this position for almost half a century. In fact, the headquarters, although externally it looks fine, is in a terrible condition. Her designs are worn, and the repairs have not been carried out. In this regard, the intelligence officers working in branches in the suburbs of Washington.
Complete modernization of the building, according to media reports, would cost $1.7 billion and would take 14 years.