If you read today’s WashPost article “FBI’s Fairfax Agents Packing For Pr. William” you could be forgiven for believe that the reason for the FBI moving its Northern Virginia-based agents from Tysons Corner to rural Prince William County is “visionary”:
“If you look at the data for where is the growth of the economic corridor today, and where is it going to be three to five years from now, it’s Prince William,” said [Joseph] Persichini, acting assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which handles cases from Northern Virginia and the District. “As growth goes, cases increase.”
The 30-year agent turned from crime fighter to demographer in planning the move. He spoke to economists and attended George Mason University seminars, where he analyzed future growth patterns in the region. “This is a business decision, and travel is a cost of doing business,” Persichini said, adding that the Prince William land cost $2.6 million compared with $12 million to $15 million for similar plots in Fairfax.
But if you are a cynic like I, you do a Google Search on Joseph Persichini Virginia, you get an interesting result:
Phonebook results for Joseph Persichini Virginia
9437 Hucks Bridge Cir, Lorton, VA 22079
While he’s not Dan Wittenberg, this new coummute sounds like a nice change. A change the FBI rank and file aren’t happy with:
The departure from Fairfax County has brought the same headaches faced by companies that move in search of open space and cheaper land: more time on the road and employee anxiety. FBI agents still do most of their work inside the Beltway, say some law enforcement officials who fear investigations will be slowed because many of the 150 Northern Virginia-based agents will be stuck in endless traffic on Interstate 66.
Hey, they could always commute along WO&D trail.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs