Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2006

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI CREATES A WEBLINK TO EASE REPORTING OF PUBLIC CORRUPTION TIPS

Washington, D.C. – Today in a speech in San Diego, FBI Director Robert J. Mueller III discussed the FBI’s ongoing efforts to combat public corruption, including the launch of an easy-to-remember web address for the public to report information about public corruption to the FBI. The vast majority of public officials – both elected and non-elected – are honest in their work and committed to serving their fellow citizens. Unfortunately, there are countless examples of corrupt acts around the country of government officials who abuse the public trust and confidence.

Since 9/11, the FBI has had to prioritize the use of its resources, placing national security programs first. But at the same time, the FBI made public corruption its top criminal investigative priority. Director Mueller stressed that “public corruption would not be tolerated and although rooting out corruption can be exceptionally difficult, it is a mission for which the FBI is singularly situated. We have the experience and skills to conduct necessary undercover operations and the ability to perform court-authorized electronic surveillance. But more than that, we have insulation from political pressure.”

Many FBI investigations are initiated based on a tip from someone who encounters corruption. Director Mueller added “that there is a growing intolerance by the American people best illustrated by their willingness to come forward and report abuse of public office. The FBI is grateful for those who come forward to report corruption. That information is critical to our work. We are working to make it easier for the public to report public corruption.”

The FBI has established a weblink – reportcorruption.fbi.gov – that is designed to enable the public to send information about public corruption to the FBI. When the address is entered, a page appears that gives instructions on how to report corruption to the FBI – by phone or through the Internet. FBI analysts will then review that information case-by-case and ensure there is follow-up. Through this website and with help from the public, the FBI will continue to build on its efforts to eliminate public corruption.

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