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McDonnell Continues To Plead With Pentagon Over BRAC Moves

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In 2008, the Department of Defense chose to move 6,400 employees from other locations to Mark Center.
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In 2008, the Department of Defense chose to move 6,400 employees from other locations to Mark Center.

McDonnell says the relocation of more than 6,000 defense employees to the Mark Center – located just off I-395, far from the nearest Metro station – will cause traffic nightmares.

The employees are slated to move as a part of BRAC, the Base Realignment and Closure process, which, according to a Congressional mandate, must be complete by September 15.

In a letter to Leon Panetta, the newly confirmed Secretary of Defense, McDonnell asks for a delay in this relocation to allow the state to adapt its infrastructure to accommodate the thousands of new commuters.

A similar letter from McDonnell to Panetta’s predecessor at the Pentagon, Robert Gates, garnered no response.

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