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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 03/28/2010

Spread out, Uncle Sam

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Dan Walsh
Oakton

Regarding the March 24 Metro article “Snow shutdown cost estimate drops”:

A strong case continues to be made to decentralize our government offices. A snow emergency is one thing, but the transportation infrastructure cannot even handle the normal day-to-day demand, not to mention an emergency evacuation. Beyond the top management of a number of departments, there is little need for the agencies to be physically located in the District.

Does the Agriculture Department need to be in the District? The Commerce Department? Interior? The Bureau of Engraving? How much sense does it make to have the Department of Homeland Security in a city that is a prime target for attack?

This is the 21st century. We should take advantage of communications technology to change the way we execute government operations. I would suggest that a moratorium be placed on the construction of new government buildings in the District and the immediate suburbs, and a plan be developed to move departments out of the D.C. area.

Put Agriculture in Kansas or Iowa, Interior in Colorado or Utah, and Homeland Security anywhere but the District.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | March 28, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Metro, transportation  
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