Intelligence Issues for Congress
Role of the FBI
In the wake of the September 2001 attacks, the FBI was strongly
criticized for failing to focus on the terrorist threat, for failing
to collect and strategically analyze intelligence, and for failing
to share intelligence with other intelligence agencies (as well as
among various FBI components). Subsequently, FBI Director Robert S.
Mueller III introduced a number of reforms to create a better and
more professional intelligence effort in an agency that has always
emphasized law enforcement. Congress has expressed concern about the
overall effectiveness of these reforms and with the FBI’s widely
criticized information technology acquisition efforts.8
8 For further information, see CRS Report RL33033,
Intelligence Reform Implementation at the Federal Bureau of
Investigation: Issues and Options for Congress, by Alfred Cumming.
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