"The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is
a law enforcement and domestic intelligence agency charged with protecting and
defending the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats;
upholding and enforcing the criminal laws of the United States; and providing
leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and
international agencies and partners."
- Protect the United States from
- Protect the United States against
foreign intelligence operations and espionage;
- Protect the United States against
cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes;
- Combat public corruption at all levels;
- Protect civil rights;
- Combat transnational and national
criminal organizations and enterprises;
- Combat major white-collar crime;
- Combat significant violent crime;
- Support federal, state, county,
municipal, and international partners; and
- Upgrade technology to successfully
perform the FBI’s mission.
While the FBI remains
committed to other important national security and law enforcement
responsibilities, the prevention of terrorism takes precedence.
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The FBI is headed by a Director who is appointed by
the President and confirmed by the Senate.
The FBI counts among its ranks approximately 30,000
employees, including approximately 12,000 Special Agents and 18,000 Professional
Staff employees. FBI
Headquarters is located in the J. Edgar Hoover
Building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. The Special Agents and
Professional Staff personnel who work at Headquarters direct, organize, and
coordinate FBI activities around the world.
The core investigative and intelligence work of the
FBI is accomplished in our 56
and their 400 satellite offices, known as resident agencies. Field Offices are
located in major metropolitan areas and are responsible for all FBI operations
in their defined geographic region. The Special Agents and Professional Staff
personnel who work in FBI Field Offices lead the investigations that are at the
very heart of FBI operations.
In addition to our Field Offices across the United
States, the FBI has more than 50 offices known as
Attachés, or “Legats”, located around the world. The
mission of the FBI’s Legal Attaché program is to establish and maintain liaison
with the principal law enforcement and intelligence/security services in foreign
countries. This liaison enables the FBI to effectively meet its international
responsibilities in organized crime, international terrorism, foreign
counterintelligence, and general criminal matters.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Retirement
Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
"All employees first entering the government after
1984 are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), a system
designed to parallel the best retirement programs in the private sector. Three
distinct benefits plans make up the FERS:
FERS Basic Benefit,
Thrift Savings Plan,
and Social Security."
FERS Basic Benefit
"The Basic Benefit is the part of the FERS
directly tied to an individual's Federal service. The amount of the benefit
depends upon two factors: the employee's length of creditable service and the
average annual salary for his or her three highest years of federal civilian
earnings. The Basic Benefit formula is different for Special Agent and
Professional Staff employees. Employees with former military service may also
receive FERS credit for their military service."
Special Agent FERS Basic Benefit
"FBI Special Agents may receive the full FERS Basic Benefit if they retire at
age 50 with 20 years of federal law enforcement officer service, or at any age
with 25 years of such service. The annual FERS Basic Benefit for retiring
Special Agents is 1.7 percent of the "high-3 average salary" (the average annual
salary earned during the 36 consecutive months of federal employment that would
produce the highest average), multiplied by 20 (representing the first 20 years
of creditable service), plus one percent of the "high-3" times the number of
remaining years of service. The annual pension is increased each year by a
"cost-of-living adjustment" (or COLA), reflecting the bulk of the annual change
in the cost of living measured by the Consumer Price Index."
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