GSA Delaying TSA HQ Move Until Mid-2020
The ongoing saga of the Transportation Security Administration’s HQ move has taken another turn, and this time it appears the agency will be staying put—at least for a few more years.
The agency had a lease in place and planned to move to the Victory Center in Alexandria in 2018 until US Court of Federal Claims Judge Charles Lettow took the highly unexpected move of voiding the lease. The General Services Administration has now decided to delay the TSA’s move to new digs until mid-2020, a move that will likely force the agency to stay put in its current home, the Washington Business Journal reports.
The judge voided the lease to avoid "ill-gotten gains" when it was determined the GSA had exceeded the space limits set by Congress when it signed the lease at Victory Center, which is owned by an affiliate of Prudential Real Estate Investors. An amended solicitation for space has been issued with a deadline of April 14 for interested bidders to respond.
The TSA will likely remain in its current home at 601 and 701 S 12th St in Pentagon City, and it appears that the GSA will have no choice but to extend the agency’s lease, which was most recently renewed for a five-year term in 2013. [WBJ]