greatness of an institution can be measured by the
strength of its internal investigations."
-Robert S. Mueller, III
All FBI offices and programs are subject to regular inspections by the FBI's
Inspection Division to ensure their economic value and effective compliance
with objectives, governing laws, rules, regulations, and policies. These reviews
are also to ensure that FBI personnel conduct the organization's activities
in a proper and professional manner. The Division conducts organizational streamlining
studies, program evaluations, and process-reengineering and improvement projects.
The Inspection Division also ensures compliance with instructions and recommendations
issued as a result of the inspection of field offices, Legats, and Headquarters,
and is responsible for the coordination and processing of Intelligence Oversight
Office of Professional Responsibility
The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is part of the Office of the
Director and 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 is responsible 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.
OPR is responsible for the investigation and adjudication of allegations of
wrongdoing on the part of FBI employees and for the resolution of internal
disciplinary matters. It also has responsibility for the ethics training of
all FBI employees throughout their careers.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG), established by the Inspector General
Act Amendments of 1988, is an independent entity within the Department of Justice
that reports to both the Attorney General and Congress on issues that affect
the Department's personnel or mission. The OIG is responsible for finding and
discouraging waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct among DOJ employees and its
programs, and also promoting integrity, economy, efficiency, and effectiveness
in its operations. The OIG also enforces criminal and civil laws, regulation,
and ethical standards within DOJ by investigating individuals and organizations
that allegedly are involved in financial, contractual, or criminal misconduct
in DOJ programs and operations. This year, the OIG will devote significant
resources to reviewing DOJ programs and operations that affect its ability
to respond to the threat of terrorism. The current Inspector General is Glenn
A. Fine, who was confirmed on December 15, 2000. Inspector General Fine is
a Harvard-trained attorney, an experienced prosecutor, and a long-time civil
servant. For more information on Glenn Fine or OIG go to http://www.usdoj.gov/oig.
The Security Division
The FBI's Security Division works to ensure a safe and secure work environment
for FBI employees and others with access to FBI facilities, and to prevent
the compromise of national security and FBI information. It works to prevent
espionage and to protect personnel, facilities, and information from both external
and internal threats.
The Security Division is responsible for ensuring the integrity and reliability
of the Bureau's workforce. It uses the product of personnel security investigations
to determine whether someone can be trusted to properly protect sensitive or
classified FBI information. It performs polygraph examinations to help determine
trustworthiness and to support criminal investigations.
The Security Division manages programs to protect staff, contractors, and Bureau
visitors. These programs include force protection, facility access control,
incident reporting and management, and continuity of operations planning. The
division also conducts security training to help prepare staff and contract
personnel to execute their general and specific security responsibilities.
The Security Division manages programs, techniques, and processes to protect
and defend information and information systems by assuring their integrity,
authentication, availability, non-repudiation, and confidentiality. For documents
in an electronic format, this process is accomplished through information systems
certification and accreditation, access control and "need-to-know", intrusion
detection, as well as encryption and secure messaging. For hard-copy documents,
the division sets policy that governs the protection of sensitive and classified