Federal Politics

Published — October 7, 2016 Updated — Today at 11:53 am EST

Federal Election Commission moving to new headquarters building

Facility near Union Station will be smaller, more modern

Introduction

The Federal Election Commission is officially vacating its longtime headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., and moving across town to a smaller, but more modern facility.

“We are still in the early stages of planning for this transition, and may not have all of the answers to your questions at this time, Edward W. Holder, the FEC’s acting deputy staff director for management and administration, wrote in an email this morning to agency staffers. “Stay tuned as we will be working on implementing a communication plan to keep you informed throughout this process.”

The Center for Public Integrity first reported the move on Tuesday.

The new FEC headquarters will be located at 1050 1st St. NE in Washington, D.C. — walking distance to the NoMa and Union Station Metro stops.

An exact move date is unclear, although the FEC’s current lease at 999 E St. NW, in the heart of downtown D.C. across from the FBI’s headquarters, expires in September 2017. The FEC has occupied its current headquarters since 1985.

The agency sent an email to staff this morning detailing the new headquarters. Among the new headquarters’ notable features:

  • The building is newly constructed
  • The FEC will occupy the top three floors of the 12-story building
  • The 87,000 square feet the FEC will occupy is significantly less than the nearly 137,000 square feet it now leases at 999 E St. NW. That will likely translate into a long-term cost savings for the FEC, which is now paying $5.35 million per year in rent. The agency’s annual budget is a shade above $70 million.
  • Among the FEC’s new neighbors: the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute; the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; CNN’s Washington bureau and the Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer’s Assistance Center.

Commissioners at the FEC, which exists to enforce and regulate federal election laws and employs more than 350 people, have long sought a more modern workspace — one not designed for a bygone age of paper stacks, microfiche and physical record-keeping.

Earlier this year, Republican Commissioner Lee Goodman called the FEC’s current headquarters “dingy,” even “junky” in places, with “needlessly wide hallways and large offices.”

Democratic Commissioner Ann Ravel, who often disagrees with Goodman on regulatory matters, concurred at the time: “In many ways, our building doesn’t serve our purposes.”

Commissioners also expressed hope that better workspace would help improve notoriously low staff morale that the agency’s own internal watchdog has in part blamed on poor agency leadership and management.

Earlier this week, FEC commissioners and the General Services Administration, which oversees federal property, refused to comment on the headquarters move.

Republican Commissioner Caroline Hunter called the information “confidential,” while the office of Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said commissioners had signed non-disclosure agreements and couldn’t discuss the move publicly.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

George Young
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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.