Federal Bureau of Investigation

1.What is the FBI?

The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice. It has the authority and
responsibility to investigate specific crimes assigned to it. The FBI also is authorized to provide other law enforcement
agencies with cooperative services, such as fingerprint identification, laboratory examinations, and police training.


2.What is its mission?

The mission of the FBI is to uphold the law through the investigation of violations of criminal law; to protect the United
States from foreign intelligence and terrorist activities; to provide leadership and law enforcement assistance to federal,
state, local, and international agencies; and to perform these responsibilities in a manner that is responsive to the needs of
the public and is faithful to the Constitution of the United States.


3.When was it founded?

On July 26, 1908, then-Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte appointed an unnamed force of Special Agents to be the
investigative force of the Department of Justice. The FBI evolved from this small group.


4.Who is the head of the FBI?

The Director of the FBI is Louis J. Freeh. He assumed office on September 1, 1993.


5.How is the Director of the FBI appointed to office?

The Director is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for a term not to exceed ten years.


6.How is the FBI organized at its Headquarters in Washington, D.C.?

The FBI has nine divisions and four offices at its Headquarters. They provide program direction and support to fifty-six
field offices, approximately 400 satellite offices known as resident agencies, four specialized field installations, and
twenty-three foreign liaison posts known as Legal Attaches. The Director is supported by his staff and the Deputy
Director. Each division is overseen by an Assistant Director. The offices are headed by an Inspector in Charge or
General Counsel. The Assistant Directors, Inspectors in Charge, and General Counsel are supported by Deputies,
Section Chiefs, Unit Chiefs, and Supervisors.


7.How is an FBI field office organized?

Each FBI field office normally is overseen by a Special Agent in Charge (SAC) who is assisted by at least one Assistant
Special Agent in Charge; Supervisory Special Agents who manage squads of Special Agents; and an Office Services
Manager, who administers support operations. Due to their large size, the field offices in Los Angeles, New York City,
and Washington, D.C, each are managed by an Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC), who is supported by multiple
SACs, ASACs, and others. Each of the 400 Resident Agencies is managed by a Resident Agent, or a Supervisory
Resident Agent, who reports to the SAC overseeing his or her territory. The ADICs and the SACs are responsible to
the Director of the FBI, the Deputy Director, or the Assistant Directors.


8.How are each Legal Attache and field facility organized?

Each Legal Attache, which commonly is abbreviated as "Legat," is, appropriately enough, headed by a Legal Attache
and one or more Assistant Legal Attaches. Legats report directly to the Criminal Investigative Division. The field facilities
each are managed by Special Agent and Professional Support Personnel who report to various divisions at FBI
Headquarters.


9.How much is the FBI\'s annual budget?

The FBI\'s budget for Fiscal Year 1997, which runs from October 1, 1996, through September 30, 1997, is
$2,837,610,000.


10.How many people are employed by the FBI?

As of October 1, 1996, the FBI had approximately 10,500 Special Agents and 14,000 Professional Support Personnel.


11.What types of jobs are there in the FBI?

In addition to the Special Agent position, other positions are listed under the Professional, Administrative, Technical, and
Clerical categories. Examples include the following: Professional--Attorney, Chemist, Personnel Psychologist, or
Contract Specialist; Administrative--Intelligence Research Specialist, Computer Specialist, Management Analysts, or
Language Specialist; Technical--Evidence Technician, Accounting Technician, Computer Operator; and
Clerical--Secretary, Personnel Assistant, Office Automation Assistant, or File Clerk.


12.What are the qualifications for the Special Agent position?

To qualify for training as a Special Agent, an individual must be a U.S. citizen, or a citizen of the Northern Mariana
Islands, and have reached his/her 23rd but not 37th birthday. Candidates must be completely available for assignment
anywhere in the FBI\'s Headquarters or field offices, have uncorrected vision not worse than 20/200 (Snellen) and
corrected 20/20 in one eye and not worse than 20/40 in the other eye.