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March 20, 2007

Most Appropriate Location For A Government Agency Ever

by Doug Mataconis

The Department of Homeland Security is set to move into a former lunatic asylum:

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is setting up its new HQ in a former lunatic asylum.

The DHS says it will consolidate most of the 60 offices it has across the Washington, D.C. region into a single new headquarters building.

The $3 billion move will begin in 2011, according to a plan prepared by the DHS, once a new building is ready in the grounds of the former mental hospital, St. Elizabeth’s.

The U.S. Coast Guard will be the first element of the DHS to move into the new building in 2011, department Spokesman Larry Orluskie told United Press International.

The DHS’s headquarters functions will follow in 2013, and the other components slated for centralization will move in after that.

Aside from the obvious humor of all of this, the truly insane part of it, as James Joyner points out, is the fact that they want to locate the agency responsible for homeland security in a single building near the center of the city that just happens to be a prime target for terrorism.

Now that is truly insane.

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  1. What I find to be insane is that in the few years the DHS has been around they’ve managed to set up 60 offices and it will cost us, the taxpayers, $3 billion to move them.

    Unfreakinbelievable.

    Comment by tkc — March 20, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

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