FBI opens Biometrics Technology Center in West Virginia
The FBI will open a new four-story, 360,000-square-foot biometrics facility on August 11 at the agency’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia, according to a report by The Exponent Telegram.
The opening comes more than a year after the FBI announced it was partnering with the Department of Defense to expand the FBI center campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia with the addition of the Biometrics Technology Center.
“The Biometrics Technology Center will be the center for research, development and testing in biometrics for the benefit of the entire U.S. government,” FBI spokesman Steve Fischer said. “The innovations and advancements that will take place in the Biometrics Technology Center will aid our law enforcement and criminal justice partners in defeating terrorism and combating crime.”
FBI employees who work in the biometrics field, as well as employees of the U.S. Army’s Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency in Clarksburg will be relocated to the facility later this year, Fischer said.
Additionally, some of the division’s employees who currently work at its existing three-story, 500,000-square-foot building will also move into the new facility, which will accommodate up to 1,200 people.
“It is a unique collaboration between the FBI and the Department of Defense and will be a cutting-edge facility for research, development and testing in biometrics,” U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) said.