Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)


J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Director: Robert Mueller
John Miller, assistant director, Office of Public Affairs
National Press Office (202) 324-3691

The FBI has a budget of about $6 billion, and boasts more than 30,000 employees, of which roughly 13,000 are special agents assigned to investigative duties. Bureau operations are scattered all over the world, and the agency has 56 field offices and more than 400 resident agencies in the U.S.

The bureau built its reputation on kidnapping and bank robbery cases during the early 20th century, but it has increasingly been involved in drug investigations since 1982, when an administrative shake-up in the Reagan administration required the director of the DEA to report to the director of the FBI. These days, drug cases are a staple of the FBI's workload, even though narcotics law enforcement is not listed as one of the bureau's top ten investigative priorities.

The bureau works closely with other federal agencies and state and local law enforcement organizations on its drug investigations, and much of the action is at the field office and resident agency level. The Bureau's website at http://www.fbi.gov/homepage.htm, has press releases on its major drug cases. The D.C. website also has links to the FBI's far-flung network of local branch offices.

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