Richard L. Haley II, assistant director at the FBI‘s facilities and finance division, has told a House subcommitteeÂ he believesÂ consolidating the bureau’sÂ offices into a new headquarters will increaseÂ collaboration amongÂ special agents, analysts and other professional staff members.
HeÂ said in aÂ written testimonyÂ publishedÂ TuesdayÂ theÂ J. Edgar Hoover building in Washington has been occupied by the bureau since 1974 and cannot accomodate a sheer number of personnel and technical systems necessary to sustain agency operations.
“A key challenge inhibiting our ability to address current and future threats is the lack of a headquarters facility that fully fosters collaboration, intelligence sharing, and is dynamic,” he told theÂ House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s subcommittee on economic development, public buildings and emergency management.
He noted the current FBI HQ does not comply with standards established by the Interagency Security Committee and will be difficult to retrofit due toÂ the manner in which the facility was constructed.
“Our goal is to have built a fully consolidated, secure, resilient intelligence community-worthy facility,” he added to subcommittee members.
Haley said theÂ bureau’s consolidation project aims to reduce footprint by up to 800,000 rentable square feet and save the government tens of millions of dollars in annual lease costs.