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A Hoover Two-Fer


The week that will bring the release of the Clint Eastwood-directed biopic of legendary FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover also has dealt a blow to the durability of the Pennsylvania Avenue building that bears his name.

The Government Accountability Office on Tuesday published a report noting that the 36-year-old structure is deteriorating and that a doubling of FBI staff over the past decade has made providing security for scattered employees a tall order.

The report, which includes comments from officials at the FBI, the General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department, examines alternatives such as modernizing the current building, rebuilding it on the same site and rebuilding at a new site.

Any major change in use of the building might provide longtime critics of the long-controversial Hoover a window to lobby for changing its name.


Charles S. Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books, and organizational media strategies.

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