Director Mueller Statement Regarding the
Inspector General's Report on Robert Hanssen
Washington, DC - FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III
issued the following statement regarding the Inspector
General's report on "A Review of the FBI's Performance
in Deterring, Detecting, and Investigating the Espionage
Activities of Robert Philip Hanssen":
"The FBI appreciates
the extraordinary efforts put forth by Inspector General
Glenn A. Fine and his staff on the Robert Hanssen
investigation. The investigation required the examination
of hundreds of thousands of pages of documents spanning
more than two decades and was conducted with the utmost
professionalism. The FBI is open to new ways for improvement,
and we welcome the observations and recommendations
included in the Inspector General's report.
"The FBI has already
taken significant strides in many of the areas identified
by the Inspector General. In the past, the FBI had
limited headquarters oversight of counterintelligence
cases. Today, there is a nationally directed program
for counterintelligence, centralized at FBI headquarters
to ensure accountability, control, and leadership,
and to allow the FBI to be more proactive in protecting
critical national assets. Within the Counterintelligence
Division, a special Counterespionage Section now manages
all major espionage investigations. Within that section
and consistent with the Inspector General's recommendations,
the FBI has also established a new Penetration Unit
which seeks to uncover 'moles' within the FBI.
"The new counterintelligence program includes
an on-going system of accountability that clearly
defines responsibilities for all elements of counterintelligence
both at headquarters and in the field. It also includes
improved training and greatly enhanced analytical
support that is interwoven into the intelligence community
as a whole.
"The FBI has built,
and continues to improve, a comprehensive, centralized,
and forward-looking security program. In April 2002,
the FBI announced creation of a centralized Security
Division headed by an Assistant Director who directly
reports to the FBI Director. Since then, the Security
Division has consolidated personnel security, physical
security, and information security functions that
were previously distributed across diverse FBI activities.
I, along with the FBI's senior management, remain
strongly committed to the new Security Division, and
its staff and budget have grown dramatically over
the past year.
"While some programs
that are responsive to these recommendations are too
sensitive to describe in detail, many initiatives
a Comprehensive Security Program Plan. The Security
Program Plan addresses security gaps, five-year goals,
and performance measures. As part of this plan, the
FBI established the Security Incident Program to be
the focal point for investigation and resolution of
security incidents and to help track emerging trends.
a Comprehensive Information Assurance (IA) Plan Modeled
on the Best Practices of the Intelligence Community.
This program has dramatically enhanced the security
of its information systems. The FBI has:
experts in the development of the FBI's information
technology infrastructure to ensure that Information
Assurance is part of the FBI's information technology
Completed deployment on March 28 of the state-of-the-art
Trilogy network that will have the capability to
provide a new level of security and new capabilities,
such as the ability to track unauthorized access
Completing the certification and accreditation of
all headquarters-based, legacy information systems,
and a newly-formed wireless security team is devising
security solutions for laptops and wireless communication
Established a New Enterprise
Security Operations Center (ESOC). This new
Operations Center, which will soon begin interim
operations, is tasked with protecting FBI information
systems from external attacks and insider misuse
through techniques such as real time network monitoring,
intrusion detection, and data auditing. The ESOC
will be operated by security analysts around-the-clock.
New Audits and Reviews To Further Help Deter and Detect
Espionage Activities. The FBI has:
Expanded its polygraph
program to include all employees with access to
highly sensitive information or who are heading
to or returning from a permanent overseas assignment.
Developed and is beginning to implement a Financial
Disclosure Program that will ultimately include
all FBI employees and contractors with Sensitive
Compartment Information (SCI) access.
Enhanced reviews of reinvestigation results for
employees with the most sensitive security access.
Building a Bureau-Wide Force of Full-Time, Career-Track
Security Professionals. An important part of the
security career track will be the new full-time position
of Chief Security Officer, who will serve as the senior
security representative in each Division at headquarters
and in the field.
a Comprehensive Security Education, Awareness, and
Training Program. FBI employees received a special
issue of the FBI's employee magazine dedicated to
security matters, and regular e-mail security updates
and an internal Web site now provide regular guidance
on security measures. Security training for new Special
Agents has been increased, and a new security briefing
for new employees, task force personnel, and contract
personnel is in the works.
Coordination With Intelligence Community Partners.
A senior CIA official is detailed to the FBI's Counterintelligence
Division, and the FBI has established formal liaison
with various Intelligence Community and U.S. government
policy boards related to information systems security.
The FBI now has a 'seat at the table' during important
discussions on these matters.
will ensure that security is embedded into all FBI
activities now, and into the future. The FBI will
strive to improve, and I look forward to a careful
review of the Inspector General's report."