Members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation Applaud New Maryland Academy for Innovation in National Security

September 13, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C.(Sept. 13, 2016) — Today, U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), Chris Van Hollen (MD-08), John P. Sarbanes (MD-03), Donna F. Edwards (MD-04), and John Delaney (MD-06) issued the following statement applauding the announcement of a new Maryland Academy for Innovation in National Security. The announcement was made this morning by University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay Perman and University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh, who were joined by University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret, at one of the two Maryland sites that are being proposed for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) new, consolidated headquarters. The new academy is a partnership between UMB and UMD, which will allow two of Maryland’s premier research universities to work strategically and collaboratively with the FBI.

In making today’s announcement, Presidents Perman and Loh, Chancellor Caret, national security experts, and education officials participated in a “Whistle Stop,” riding the MARC train and the Metro to Greenbelt to highlight the efficient transportation options in Prince George’s County.  

“We are very excited about this new national security partnership between the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. From proximity to Washington and transit connections to world-class institutions of research and higher education and premier cyber security and defense facilities, there is no doubt that Maryland has the two best sites for the FBI’s new, consolidated headquarters. The creation of this new academy further strengthens our bid by providing the FBI with yet another asset that will  benefit its current workforce, train its future workforce, and advance the FBI’s mission. We are also pleased that today’s event highlighted the efficient transit options that make Maryland’s sites convenient for the FBI and its employees. We thank Dr. Perman, Dr. Loh, and Chancellor Caret for their commitment to creating a strategic partnership with the FBI, as well as Mayor Emmit Jordan for hosting today’s event in Greenbelt.”