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FBI Headquarters


FBI Headquarters houses many operational, service, and support divisions that work together to coordinate national and international opeations, and so achieve the FBI mission.

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Below, read summaries of the responsibilities and programs of each FBIHQ division.

    • Administrative Services Division
      The Administrative Services Division is responsible for the development and implementation of personnel programs and services necessary to support the mission of the FBI, to include: recruitment, selection, and hiring; conducting background investigations; internal placement of employees; compensation; performance management; executive development and selection; health and safety; employee assistance; employee benefits; space and facilities management; and physical security, printing and supply services.
    • Finance Division
      The Finance Division is responsible for the overall coordination and administration of the FBI's budgetary and fiscal matters, financial planning, voucher and payroll matters, and property and procurement activities. The Assistant Director is the FBI's Chief Financial Officer and is Chairperson of the Contract Review Board.
    • Information Resources Division
      Its principal responsibility is to provide centralized management and planning for information resources within the FBI. Architectures are developed and maintained that specify how information is to be collected, managed, and used. The architectures delineate the information that is essential to the FBI mission, the automated and manual systems needed to manage this data, and the technical infrastructure needed to maintain these systems
    • Office of Professional Responsibility
      The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is responsible for the investigation of, and the supervision of investigations of, allegations of criminal conduct and serious misconduct by FBI employees. Additionally, OPR is responsible for the adjudication of cases of administrative discipline based on its investigation, determining whether the allegations have been substantiated and making written findings and recommendations regarding what, if any, disciplinary action is appropriate. OPR maintains liaison with the Department of Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility and its Office of the Inspector General. OPR is responsible for setting policy and establishing procedures regarding the disciplinary process and for setting policy and establishing procedures regarding the disciplinary process and for monitoring its effectiveness to ensure that the ability of the FBI to perform its law enforcement and national security functions is not impaired.
    • Records Management Division
      The Records Management Division was recently re-commissioned by Director Mueller as part of the reorganization of FBI Headquarters. It ensures executive direction and full-time oversight over all records policy and functions, consolidating all records operations to ensure consistency, thoroughness, and accountability. The Records Management Division is divided into three sections: the Records Maintenance and Disposition Section; the Records Review and Dissemination Section; and the Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts Section.
    • Security Division
      The Security Division is responsible for ensuring a safe and secure work environment for FBI employees and others with access to FBI facilities and for preventing the compromise of national security and FBI information.
    • Counterintelligence Division
      As the lead counterintelligence agency in the United States, the FBI is responsible for identifying and neutralizing ongoing national security threats. The Counterintelligence Division provides centralized management and oversight for all Foreign Counterintelligence (FCI) investigations. It ensures that offensive operations and investigations are fully coordinated with the U.S. Intelligence Community, and are focused on those countries, foreign powers, or entities that pose the most significant threat to the United States. The Counterintelligence Division integrates law enforcement with intelligence efforts to investigate violations of the espionage statutes under Title 18 of the U.S. Criminal Code. The investigative priorities of the FCI Program are to: prevent or neutralize the foreign acquisition of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) technology or equipment; prevent the penetration of the U.S. Intelligence Community; prevent the penetration of U.S. Government agencies or contractors; and prevent the compromise of U.S. Critical National Assets.
    • Counterterrorism Division
      The Counterterrorism Division consolidates all FBI counterterrorism initiatives: To detect, disrupt, and dismantle terrorist sleeper cells in the United States before they act; to identify and prevent acts of terrorism by individuals with a terrorist agenda acting alone; to detect, disrupt, and dismantle terrorist support networks, including financial support networks; to enhance our capability to quickly ascertain the reliability, implications and details of terrorist threats and to improve our capacity to disseminate threat-related information to local, state, and federal agencies, and to the private sector as needed; and, to enhance our overall contribution to the U.S. intelligence community and to senior policy makers in government by providing timely and accurate in-depth analysis of the terrorist threat and other information of value on an ongoing basis.

    • Criminal Investigative Division
      The FBI's investigative mandate is the broadest of all federal law enforcement agencies. This division coordinates investigations into organized crime, including drug matters, racketeering, and money laundering; investigations into violent crimes, including wanted fugitives, escaped federal prisoners (in some instances), unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, violent gangs, serial murders, kidnappings, bank robberies, violent crimes and property crimes of an interstate nature, crime on Indian reservations, crimes against U.S. citizens overseas, and theft of government property; investigations into white-collar crime, fraud against the government, corruption of public officials, health care fraud, election law violations, business and economic frauds and corruption crimes; and investigations into civil rights violations.
    • Cyber Division
      The Cyber Division coordinates, supervises and facilitates the FBI's investigation of those federal violations in which the Internet, computer systems and networks are exploited as the principal instruments of targets of criminal, foreign intelligence, or terrorism activity and for which the use of such systems is essential to that activity. Additionally, the Cyber Division protects the nation's critical information infrastructure and other key assets through participation in and coordination with the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC). Also, this division forms and maintains public/private alliances in conjunction with enhanced education and training to maximize law enforcement, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism cyber response capabilities.
    • Office of Intelligence
      The mission of the Intelligence Program is to optimally position the FBI to meet current and emerging national security and criminal threats by: aiming core investigative work proactively against threats to U.S. interests; building and sustaining enterprise-wide intelligence policies and capabilities; and, providing useful, appropriate, and timely information and analysis to the national security, homeland security and law enforcement communities.

    • Critical Incident Response Group
      The Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) facilitates the FBI's rapid response to, and management of, crisis incidents. CIRG deploys investigative specialists to respond to terrorist activities, child abductions and other high-risk repetitive violent crimes. CIRG was established in 1994 to integrate resources and expertise that require an immediate response from law enforcement authorities.
    • Criminal Justice Information Services Division
      Headquartered in Clarksburg
      • West Virginia, the CJIS Division serves as the focal point and central repository for criminal justice information services in the FBI. This division is a customer-driven organization providing state-of-the-art identification and information services to local, state, federal, and international criminal justice communities. In support of this, CJIS administers an advisory process which shares management and policy making decisions with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies. The CJIS Division includes the Fingerprint Identification Program, National Crime Information Center Program, Uniform Crime Reporting Program, and the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) -- a computer-based system that can store, process, analyze, and retrieve millions of fingerprints in a short period of time.
      • National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council
      • Criminal Justice Information Services Division
      • National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
      • Uniform Crime Reports
    • Investigative Technology Division
      The mission of the Investigative Technology Division is to provide the vision, leadership, and direction to ensure the operational availability of state-of-the-art technologies, support and expertise necessary to enable and enhance the FBI's investigative efforts as well as ensuring the application of forensics services related to the collection processing and exploitation of computer, audio and visual media in the Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, Criminal Investigative and Cyber programs.
    • Laboratory Division
      The FBI Laboratory is one of the largest and most comprehensive crime laboratories in the world. It provides leadership and service in scientific solution and prosecution of crimes throughout the United States, and is the only full-service federal forensic laboratory. Laboratory activities include crime scene searches, special surveillance photography, latent-fingerprint examinations, forensic examinations of evidence (including DNA testing), court testimony, and other scientific and technical services. The FBI offers these services, free of charge, to all law enforcement agencies in the United States. In addition, FBI Laboratory Specialists provide training to other state and local crime laboratory and law enforcement personnel.
    • Office for Law Enforcement Coordination
      The Office for Law Enforcement Coordination is responsible for improving FBI coordination and information sharing with state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies.
    • Office of International Operations
      The Office of International Operations (OIO) promotes relations with both foreign and domestic law enforcement and security services and facilitates investigative activities where permitted. A major component of this international mission is managerial support of the Legal Attache Program. The OIO provides administrative and logistical support to the FBI's Legal Attache offices, their employees, and dependents residing in foreign countries on assignment.
    • Training and Development Division
      Located in Quantico, Virginia, the FBI Academy is one of the world's most respected law enforcement training centers. In addition to managing the FBI Academy, the Training and Development Division trains FBI Special Agents and Professional Support staff as well as local, state, federal, and international law enforcement personnel. FBI employee training programs include New Agent Training, In-Service and Specialized Training for Agents and Professional Support personnel. Police training programs include the FBI National Academy, an 11-week multidisciplinary program for seasoned law enforcement managers; the Executive Training program for Chief Executive Officers of our country's largest law enforcement organizations; and Operational Assistance, which trains law enforcement personnel how to respond in certain emergency situations. In addition to course offerings, FBI Academy faculty members conduct research and provide assistance to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies on many topics and investigative techniques.
    The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal advice to the Director and other FBI officials. In addition, OGC personnel research legal questions regarding law enforcement and national security matters and coordinate the defense of civil litigation and administrative claims involving the FBI, its personnel, and its records.
    • Litigation Branch
      The mission of the Litigation Branch is to coordinate the defense of civil actions filed against the United States for the official acts of FBI employees, coordinate FBIHQ responses to subpoenas and civil discovery requests, coordinate the defense of litigation arising out of the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act (FOIPA), and defend the FBI against claims for unemployment compensation, Equal Employment Opportunity complaints, and employee complaints brought before the Merit Systems Protection Board. The Litigation Branch is currently comprised of the following units: Civil Litigation I and II, Employment Law I and II, and the Civil Discovery Review Unit.
    • Administrative and Technology Law Branch
      The mission of the Administrative and Technology Law Branch is to assist the General Counsel in supporting the operational and administrative components of the FBI by providing timely, accurate, and cogent legal advice and counsel on a wide range of issues and matters in the administrative and technology law fields. These issues and matters include, but are not limited to, considerations of: constitutional law, agency authority and organization, fiscal law, ethics and standards of conduct, information law, federal personnel law, facilities and property, contracting and procurement, computer intrusion, infrastructure protection, and communications and technology law. The branch also provides legal services regarding special projects and taskings and works with other OGC branches in furtherance of the General Counsel's overall mission. The Administrative and Technology Law Branch is currently comprised of the following units: the Administrative Law Unit, the Technology Law Unit, and the Procurement Law Unit.
    • Legal Advice and Training Branch
      The mission of the Legal Advice and Training Branch is to provide legal training and legal advice to the FBI and its employees concerning investigative matters, to formulate legal policy, to provide legal support to the FBI's asset forfeiture program, and to provide quality legal instruction to classes of FBI and DEA personnel, the National Academy, the National Law Institute, and other specialized classes. The branch is comprised of the following units: the Investigative Law Unit, the Legal Instruction Unit, and the Legal Forfeiture Unit.
    • National Security Law Branch
      The National Security Law Branch exists to provide legal services that support operational elements which are related to the national security functions of the FBI. These matters include foreign counterintelligence (FCI), international terrorism, and domestic security/terrorism (including weapons of mass destruction, and counter-proliferation). The National Security Law Branch provides advice when intelligence or national security information is disseminated to, requested by, or otherwise used in the context of a criminal investigation, prosecution or analytical project, including dissemination to a foreign power. A major mission element is to develop and maintain liaison relationships with the intelligence community, Department of Defense, and other U.S. Government agencies on legal issues and operational requirements relating to the national security. The branch is comprised of the following units: the National Security Law Unit, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Unit.

      Hiring/Application Process
      Office of the General Counsel
      Room 7427
      935 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
      Washington, DC 20535

      Total No. of Attorneys: Approximately 60

      The FBI periodically has attorney, paralegal, and secretarial vacancies in the OGC at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. The number of vacancies varies from year to year, and is primarily dependent on budgetary limitations, program changes, and attrition. Due to a hiring freeze, OGC is not currently hiring. Additional information on FBI employment can be found at: For information about opportunities at the Department of Justice go to: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism. The Federal Bureau of Investigation welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. The FBI is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the FBI.