Wray thinks there was 'conflict' in choice of new FBI headquarters

By Jen Krausz on
 November 13, 2023

FBI Director Christopher Wray has weighed in on the decision by Biden-appointed GSA official Nina Albert to move the FBI headquarters from the aging Hoover building in Washington, D.C. to Greenbelt, Maryland even though her team recommended unanimously that the headquarters be moved to Springfield, Virginia.

Wray said in a memo that he was concerned about the "fairness and transparency" of the decision, specifically mentioning the role of Albert, who he said had a "potential conflict of interest" in the process.

That's because Albert was the head of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) until July 2021, when she came to the GSA.

WMATA would benefit from the move, because any of the bureau's 11,000 employees who decided to take public transportation to work would use that system.

The Transit Authority nd the state of Maryland also own the land where the new multi-million-dollar campus will be built.

Wray's memo led a bipartisan group of Virginia leaders, including Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA), Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), and several House members, to call for a decision reversal.