The FBI will equip its agents with debit cards to pay expenses, like informant payments, and is exploring how to automate requests for telephone records and use voice recognition software so that agents can dictate their interview notes, reports MainJustice.com. The changes are an effort to increase the efficiency and productivity of agents as part of a strategic planning initiative by director Robert Mueller to modernize how the bureau manages its resources.
The FBI is working to streamline the process of serving administrative subpoenas on telephone companies and internet service providers. The bureau also is developing a new system for placing agents in specialized career paths, in areas like counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cybercrime. Agents would take periodic breaks during their careers to obtain specialized training.