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FBI Transformation Since 2001


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Founded 98 years ago with 34 investigators, the FBI has grown into a law enforcement and intelligence agency with more than 30,000 agents, analysts and professional employees. Dramatic events five years ago changed the course of the FBI, its methods and its mission. Numbers speak volumes, so here are a few examples to help illustrate the FBI’s evolution since 2001.

12,515: Number of Special Agents as of March 2006
30,430: Total number of FBI employees as of March 2006
5: Years since FBI Director Robert S. Mueller was appointed head of the FBI
9/11: The day terrorists attacked the U.S. and set in motion a major restructuring of FBI priorities

1,023: Intelligence analysts on 9/11/01.
2,161: Intelligence analysts as of 9/11/06
784: Linguists on 9/11
1,371: Linguists today
192: New special agents hired in FY 2001
535: New special agents hired so far this year
9: New intelligence analysts hired in FY 2001
266: New intelligence analysts hired so far this year
401: New hires in FY 2001
1,610: New hires so far this year

Information Technology:
30,000: Desktop computers deployed since 2001
53: Sources of counterterrorism data investigators can search in a single query on IDW, a proprietary tool the FBI built to “connect the dots.”
2004: Year the FBI deployed IDW, or Investigative Data Warehouse, to agents, analysts and law enforcement partners.
13,000: IDW accounts around the world
3 to 5: Seconds it takes IDW to search 700 million records in separate databases.

16: Weeks of new-agent training at the FBI Academy in Virginia on 9/11
18: Weeks of new-agent training today
0: Hours of intelligence training for new agents on 9/11
24: Hours of intelligence training for new agents today
54: Hours of counterterrorism/counterintelligence training for new agents on 9/11
92: Hours of counterterrorism/counterintelligence training for new agents today
1,713: Intelligence analysts trained through ACES, an analytical training program
392: Intelligence analysts trained in the new Cohort program, an intense five-week training regimen designed for analysts at the FBI Academy.

Information Sharing:
0: Intelligence Information Reports (IIRs) filed before 9/11
20,281: Current IIRs. The reports are a means to share raw intelligence. Other intelligence products include Assessments, which address how to deal strategically or technically with a threat; and Bulletins, which are finished assessments that reveal trends and significant developments.
0: Intelligence assessments pre 9/11
827: Current intelligence assessments
0: Intelligence bulletins pre 9/11
399: Current intelligence bulletins

35: Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) pre 9/11
101: Current number of JTTFs, which are groups of federal, state and local law enforcement officials working alongside each other to investigate or respond to terrorist acts.
6: Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories, digital forensics labs where FBI and local law enforcement investigators examine digital evidence.
22,000: Complaints received each month at the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
700,000: Complaints received since IC3 was founded by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center in 2000. Of those, 450,000 were referred for investigation.

1,060: Government employees, including 177 federal officials, convicted for corrupt activities
25: Percent increase in public corruption cases investigated
622: Agents working public corruption matters, an increase of 264 since 2002.
465: Corporate fraud investigations involving “cooking the books.”
49: Percent increase in number of informations and indictments in money-laundering cases since 2001.
2,187: Arrests in money-laundering cases since 2001.

44: Legal Attaché (Legat) offices overseas pre 9/11
57: Legat offices today
20: Percent of international students attending the National Academy at Quantico

If you would like to know more about how the FBI has evolved to meet new and emerging threats, visit our Transformation page and fact sheets.