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Homeland Security To Remain In District

Decision Called Victory For City’s Economy. The Department of Homeland Security will keep its permanent headquarters in Northwest Washington for at least five years and possibly longer while it consolidates operations now spread across 5 million square feet of office space throughout the region, Bush administration officials said yesterday. District officials hailed the decision and related legislation as an economic victory that will keep thousands of federal jobs in the city. Real estate analysts said the department’s plans will shape the market across the Washington area, particularly in areas where large commercial spaces are available, such as Silver Spring and Dulles. Homeland Security, which has 180,000 workers across the country, plans to roughly double the number of top employees — currently about 2,000 people — who are based at the Nebraska Avenue Naval Complex, and spend $75 million on technological upgrades over five years. The Navy will move out 1,147 workers by January, many to sites in Virginia, Maryland and the District, said a spokesman for the Naval District of Washington. Full Story

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