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Lawmakers in Maryland are making a strong case for relocating the headquarters of the FBI to Prince George’s County.

The 38-year-old J. Edgar Hoover building in downtown D.C. has had it. Much of the staff has long outgrown the crumbling structure, forcing the FBI to scatter much of its workforce to 21 satellite offices around the region.

Kevin Perkins, associate deputy director of the Bureau says consolidating those offices could save the government $44 million a year.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) says relocating the headquarters to Maryland will help augment consolidation.

“Forty-three percent of the people already working at the FBI live in Prince George’s County or Montgomery County," Mikulski says. "We think the state offers a good commute, increased productivity and we have land available for the kind of large consolidated campus that they need."

Both Maryland and Virginia are strong contenders to win a bid for the relocation. The General Services Administration states the new headquarters must be located on 50 acres of land within two miles of a Metro station and no more than two and a half miles from the Capital Beltway.

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