The threats posed by criminal and terrorist organizations that cross borders require the FBI to work seamlessly with law enforcement and intelligence agencies around the world. The critical work of coordinating these activities is primarily conducted in the Bureau’s 62 international offices known as Legal Attachés, or “Legats,” and 14 Legat sub-offices.
Each Legat works with law enforcement and security agencies in their host country to coordinate investigations of interest to both countries. The rules for joint activities and information sharing are generally spelled out in formal agreements between the United States and the Legat’s host country.
In addition to the routine work of Legats, the Bureau now routinely deploys agents and crime scene experts to assist in the investigation of attacks, such as the May 2003 bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco, and the July 2005 bombings in London. Agents, analysts, and forensics experts stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan work directly with our international partners in the global war on terrorism.
In fiscal year (FY) 2008, the FBI received from Congress a total of approximately $6.4 billion, including $313 million in program enhancements for intelligence, counterterrorism, laboratory, and information technology.
The FBI receives its budget through the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations subcommittee; however, a portion of this budget is scored to the National Intelligence Program (NIP), which is managed by the Director of the National Intelligence (DNI). This arrangement provides the DNI oversight authority to ensure that the FBI addresses Intelligence Community priorities while maintaining the Attorney General’s authorities to meet his/her statutory responsibilities to enforce federal law.
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