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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the primary unit in the United States Department of Justice, serving as both a federal criminal investigative body and a domestic intelligence agency. The FBI has investigative jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crime. Its motto is "Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity," corresponding to the "FBI" initialism.

The FBI's headquarters, the J. Edgar Hoover Building, is located in Washington, D.C.. Fifty-six field offices are located in major cities throughout the United States as well as over 400 resident agencies in smaller cities and towns across the country. More than 50 international offices called "legal attachés" are in U.S. embassies worldwide.

Primary PurposeEdit

The FBI's main goal is "To protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners."

Currently, the FBI's top investigative priorities are:

  1. Protect the United States from terrorist attack;
  2. Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage;
  3. Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes;
  4. Combat public corruption at all levels;
  5. Protect civil rights;
  6. Combat transnational/national criminal organizations and enterprises;
  7. Combat major white-collar crime;
  8. Combat significant violent crime;
  9. Upgrade technology for successful performance of the FBI's mission.


The FBI is organized in the following manner.

  • National Security Branch
    • Counterintelligence Division
    • Counterterrorism Division
    • Directorate of Intelligence
    • Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate
  • Criminal Investigations Branch
    • Criminal Investigative Division
    • Cyber Division
  • Law Enforcement Services Branch
    • Criminal Justice Information Services Division
    • Critical Incident Response Group
    • Laboratory Division
    • Office of International Operations
    • Office of Law Enforcement Coordination
    • Operational Technology Division
    • Training & Development Division
  • Administration Branch
    • Human Resources Division
    • Facilities & Logistics Services Division
    • Finance Division
    • Records Management Division
    • Security Division
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer
    • Information Technology Operations Division
    • Office of IT Policy & Planning
    • Office of IT Program Management
    • Office of IT Systems Development

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