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FBI wants to tear down headquarters

Tribune Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — After years of trying to move, the FBI wants to tear down its vast headquarters building and construct a new command post on the same site in downtown Washington.

The bureau has worked for years to replace the 45-year-old concrete behemoth, which was named for FBI founder and longtime director J. Edgar Hoover.

The building is beset by crumbling concrete, outdated infrastructure to accommodate digital technology and numerous security vulnerabilities.

As part of the budget and infrastructure proposals it unveiled Monday, the White House said it will ask Congress for about $2.2 billion for a new FBI headquarters, adding to about $1.1 billion already budgeted for the project, according to Justice Department officials who outlined the Trump administration’s budget proposal.

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