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Administrator Celebrates New FBI Field Office

As prepared for delivery

Remarks by
Lurita A. Doan
Administrator
U.S. General Services Administration
Dedication of FBI Field Office
Chicago, IL
September 12, 2006


Mayor Daley,

Director Mueller,

To those representing all three branches of our government, and to all our other distinguished guests …

Good morning, it is my distinct pleasure to be here with you today to help celebrate the opening of this superb facility. All of us should be very proud of this project.

• It addresses the workplace needs of the FBI in Chicago.

• It stands as a testament to all that can be achieved when two agencies with very different missions – GSA and the FBI - work together on behalf of the American people.

• And this field office – along with the many other facilities around the nation that GSA is building for the FBI - helps deliver on President Bush’s pledge to remain vigilant in the war against terrorism.

Director Mueller, please know that GSA is proud to help the FBI make America safer for all our citizens. The brave men and women of the FBI deserve every available tool as they combat the threats Americans face in these uncertain times.

The president likes to say that what matters most is not making promises, but making good on promises. Today, we at GSA are making good on a promise to the FBI, which has selflessly served our nation for nearly a hundred years.

But we did not do it alone.

Let me take a few moments to acknowledge:

- Robert D. Grant, the FBI special agent-in-charge in Chicago;

- Tony Wildbruber and Ron Rivera from FBI Headquarters;

- Tom Patton, Paula Perking and David Hood from GSA Public Building Service;

- Jim Handley, GSA Regional Administrator

- And of course, I know that Director Mueller will have the honor of recognizing the team from the FBI for all the heavy lifting and outstanding efforts to get us to this momentous day.

It’s no secret that completing a project of such significance requires the dedication, creativity and persistence of many individuals working as one. We were blessed with such a team. Congratulations to all of you.

Many of us may be seeing one another in the near future, for as I mentioned, this is far from our only joint venture. In all, GSA and the FBI will build 35 new field offices in the coming months, we’ll start on ten lease construction projects valued at nearly $300 million dollars.

Director Mueller, you have my pledge that we will deliver the same type of results on those projects that you see here today.

I would like to again extend best wishes to all those who will be working in this building day in and day out to help make our nation more secure. The importance of your mission cannot be overstated, and we are proud to have helped provide you with the worldclass workplace you deserve.

Again, on behalf of GSA, on behalf of the Bush Administration, and on behalf of the American people, congratulations, and thank you for letting me join in this very special occasion. 


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