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CBP to consolidate IT offices

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Customs and Border Protection is preparing to move thousands of its IT workers in the Washington, D.C., area to a centralized campus facility in Northern Virginia.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors said in a March 22 statement that it is working with American Real Estate Partners to finalize a 15-year lease with the General Services Administration for CBP's occupation of 445,000 square feet of office space at an office building in Ashburn, Va.

The lease, said the board, will consolidate CBP's Northern Virginia OIT offices, bringing 3,700 CBP positions to the location, including engineers, technicians, scientists and support personnel by 2020.

CBP referred questions to the General Services Administration.

On March 26, a GSA spokeswoman confirmed in an email to FCW the agency was engaged in a procurement for CBP OIT office space, but declined to confirm the site selection since a contract hasn't yet been awarded.

The county board said in reaching a lease agreement with GSA, the site met with the agency's requirement for accessibility to mass transit. The building, which had been the home of long-distance provider MCI, is near new construction of an extension of the Washington-area metropolitan subway system.

It said the current owner of the property will make $179 million in improvements to the facility, including building out existing office space, as well as adding a new wing. Those improvements, as well as the extension of the subway, said the board, are slated to be completed in time for the agency's move.  

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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