Tom Thornton, President and CEO of the Kansas Bioscience Authority, announced Thursday that the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General (IG) has reaffirmed that the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) site selection process was fair and unbiased.

Thornton says in the IG report's own words: "DHS complied with guidance contained in congressional appropriations, completed the NBAF environmental impact statement in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, and followed a department-approved site selection plan consistent with the General Services Administration's procedures for selecting prospective sites for future government facilities. With the assistance of other federal subject matter experts, DHS established sound evaluation criteria that resulted in comprehensive written assessments of all prospective sites. A steering committee led by the Science and Technology's Office of National Laboratories and consisting of senior federal officials, unanimously recommended the Manhattan campus site to the then-under secretary for science and technology and, as the selection authority, he accepted the committee's recommendation."

“The NBAF decision was made on the merits and has been supported by two presidential administrations,” Thornton said. “That's because Kansas has a deep understanding of the NBAF mission and offers unique expertise that will accelerate research to protect the food supply and agriculture economy.”

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility’s mission is to ensure public health and the safety and security of the national food supply. The NBAF will be a $650 million, 500,000-square-foot facility, providing integrated research, response, and diagnostic capabilities to protect animal and public health. For more information, visit