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Montana Fights to Keep New FBI Office from Closing, Moving to North Dakota

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is urging the FBI to reconsider plans to move a field office from the state to North Dakota.

“When the FBI was looking to set-up an office in the area, Sidney community leaders recognized the importance of having these resources in the area and stepped up to offer space and support to the agents. Now the FBI needs to step-up and recognize the importance of keeping the office in Sidney,” Bullock told the Sidney Herald.

The FBI opened an office in Sidney last year because of a spike in crime from development around the Bakken oil fields.

But now some authorities say the time has come to bring back the agents in North Dakota where they are more needed.

Retired FBI Official Says of the FBI’s Robert Mueller III: “I Never Doubted His Dedication to This Organization”

As part of an effort to get a broad view of Robert S. Mueller III’s tenure as FBI director, I’ve asked people to write and tell me what they think.  On Monday I published some comments. Later in the day,  I received this from Tom McClenaghan, a retired FBI agent. — Allan Lengel

Robert Mueller/file fbi photo

By Tom McClenaghan

I retired four years ago after 25 years in the FBI. Had the pleasure of being SAC in two field offices and was able to see first hand Director Mueller’s impact on the Bureau.

While I didn’t always agree with some of his decisions I never doubted his dedication to this organization. I wonder if some of his Bureau critics have forgotten how perilously close the FBI was to being broken up into two agencies along the lines of MI5 and Scotland Yard .

At the time, Great Britain was finally realizing the dysfunctional nature of having its domestic intelligence and national law enforcement agencies separated and were making attempts to combine their efforts following the FBI model. Despite this, members of Congress were very close to breaking up the FBI into a likewise organizational mess. I don’t believe anyone other than Mueller could have convinced the Bureau critics in Congress to leave the FBI in its current form.

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FBI Is Building New Complex in Suburban Boston

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was a long time coming, but the Boston office of the FBI is finally beginning to build a new complex in nearby Chelsea, the Boston Globe reports.

The FBI expects to move into the 200,000-square-foot building by early 2015.

The agency is moving forward with the construction after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a South Boston property owner who wanted to host the FBI, according to the Globe.

The FBI wouldn’t say how many employees would be assigned to the field office, the Globe reported.

Authorities Break Ground for New FBI Office in Portland

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal and local officials broke ground Wednesday for a new $60 million, four-story FBI field office in Portland, Ore., The Oregonian newspaper reported. It is third FBI field in the  nation under construction.

The new office is part of an effort by the FBI to update offices and make them more secure, the Oregonian reported. It said after Sept. 11, when the agency started adding more agents, the FBI found that 35 of its 56 field offices had insufficient security or no room to expand.

The Portland office is being built in the northeast sector of the city, near the Portland International Airport.

The Portland field office will consist of three buildings: a four-story office complex, a maintenance and repair annex and a 203- space parking structure, the Oregonian reported.

Office are also being built in Minneapolis and Cincinnati, the Oregonian reported.

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Potential Scandal Brewing at FBI D.C. Field Office Over Test

D.C. Field Office

D.C. Field Office/ gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A potential scandal may be brewing over at the FBI’s Washington field office, one of the largest and most prominent FBI field offices in the nation.

An internal investigation has been launched into allegations that some high ranking agents worked on an online test together instead of individually, an apparent violation of department policy, sources familiar with the situation said. A bureau lawyer was also rumored to have been involved.

The test was on  the bureau’s Domestic Investigation and Operations Guide (DIOG), and is given to all FBI agents including FBI Director Robert Mueller III and to some support staff on the operational side.

The test is an open book exam, but can be time consuming and requires that it be done individually.

The DIOG, according to the FBI website “establishes the FBI’s internal rules and procedures to implement the Attorney General’s Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations (AGG-Dom), which are posted on the Department of Justice’s website, www.usdoj.gov.

“These rules, which will be audited and enforced through a rigorous compliance mechanism, are designed to ensure that FBI assessments and investigations are subject to responsible review and approval and do not target anyone or any group on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, or the exercise of any other right guaranteed by the Constitution.”

Michael Kortan,  the FBI’s chief  spokesman, declined comment.

The FBI, like other federal law enforcement agencies,  has historically refrained from commenting on ongoing personnel matters.