The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency met proper federal guidelines in choosing north St. Louis as the site for a new, $945 million western headquarters, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.
The report sides against some Illinois officials who questioned the decision. They wanted the new NGA campus to be built near Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County.
The GAO report said that while the NGA’s own analysis concluded security near Scott would be better than at the north St. Louis site, other factors — including cost, “mission efficiency and flexibility,” local laws and regulations and environmental impact — all favored St. Louis.
The agency’s method of “selecting a site for the new NGA West campus substantially met three of the four characteristics of a high-quality, reliable” process, said the report.
The report called the decision “well-documented, comprehensive, and unbiased.”