For Immediate Release
September 12, 2005
FBI National Press Office
OF FBI RESPONDING TO
OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT "THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION'S COMPLIANCE
WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S INVESTIGATIVE GUIDELINES"
Washington, D.C. -- The
FBI welcomes the Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) report and assessment
of our compliance with four sets of Attorney General Guidelines that govern
important aspects of our investigative activity. The OIG found the FBI was
generally compliant with the guidelines. It also found, however, a significant
number of instances of administrative non-compliance with the Confidential
and other confidential human sources are critical to the FBI's ability to
carry out our counterterrorism, national security and criminal law enforcement
missions. A source can have a singular piece of information we could not
otherwise obtain, enabling us to prevent a terrorist act or crime or apprehend
a fugitive. It is important that we have a vigorous and effective human source
program which complies with legal and departmental requirements.
In light of this, several
months ago and in conjunction with the Department of Justice, the FBI's Directorate
of Intelligence initiated a comprehensive project to review and revise our
Confidential Human Source program. The goals of the project are to develop
new policies and processes for the utilization of confidential human sources
that will simplify and standardize administrative procedures, clarify compliance
requirements, and improve compliance with the Attorney General Guidelines.
Many of the recommendations made by the OIG have already been incorporated
into the project; others are under consideration. The project will enhance
the effectiveness of our confidential human source program, and improve our
ability to develop intelligence critical to the nation's security.
We appreciate the OIG's
insights, and will continue to work with the Department of Justice to enhance
and improve our confidential human source program.
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