Report: FBI has doubled counterterrorism forces
The FBI has doubled the deployment of agents assigned to counterterrorism issues since the 2001 terror attacks, the Justice Department reported today.
Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine reported that in fiscal 2009 "the FBI used 26 percent of its field agents to address counterterrorism matters, while using 51 percent to address criminal matters."
"This is a significant change from FY 2001 when the FBI used 13 percent of its field agents on counterterrorism matters and 72 percent on criminal matters," Fine said.
Fiscal year 2001 began in October 2000.
The FBI said its top priority before the Sept. 11 attacks was counterterrorism, but the DoJ IG regularly faulted the bureau in subsequent years for "not adequately assessing or using performance data to allocate resources and to evaluate the effects" of shifting its personnel into counterterrorism.
In the past five years, however, the FBI "has improved its ability to monitor and evaluate its allocation and utilization of resources, the IG said.
But the FBI continues to have problems finding and keeping intelligence analysts, losing 6 percent to 12 percent a year, the inspector general said.
“FBI officials stated the rate of attrition and time it takes to hire applicants affected the FBI’s ability to fill vacant intelligence analyst positions,” Fine reported.
Read the whole report here.
| April 19, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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