The national headquarters of the FBI is located in Washington D.C., and is currently trying to find a new site to replace the J. Edgar Hoover Building, it’s home for 38 years.
The headquarters plans to have 2.1 million square feet of office space where over 11,000 employees will work on coordinating FBI efforts across the globe. The FBI staff at headquarters set the FBI’s goals and policies, give intelligence required to fight terrorism, and support field offices across the country and around the world. They’re also responsible to responding to national crisis or emergencies.
There are five branches for jobs at the FBI national headquarters:
1. National Security: this includes counterterrorism and counterintelligence divisions as well as the directorate of intelligence and the WMD directorate.
2. Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services: this includes critical incident response team, investigation of crimes, cyber and internal operations, and law enforcement coordination.
3. Human Resources: this involves includes training and other human resources.
4. Science and Technology: this involves laboratory & operational technology, criminal justice information services, and the office of special technologies and operations.
5. Information Technology: this includes management & engineering, information services, the offices of the Deputy Chief of Information, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Knowledge Officer.
Becoming an FBI Agent in Washington, D.C.
In order to apply to become a Special Agent, candidates must:
1. Be a citizen of the U.S. or U.S. territory.
2. Be between the ages of 23 and 37.
3. Have at least a four year bachelor’s degree.
4. Have at least three years of relevant work experience.
The FBI looks for intelligent, hard-working individuals who are interesting in stopping crime and terrorism, and who would fit into a “family-like” government agency. New hires will act in both agent and non-agent positions and can apply on the FBI Jobs website. Jobs include:
1. Cyber experts and Information Technologists.
3. Linguists and Translators.
4. Intelligence analysts
5. FBI Police Officers
6. Business and Finance Managers
There are also Volunteer Internships at the headquarters which span over 10-week periods between June 3 to August 9
Duties and Jobs at the D.C. Field Office
The second largest in the nation, the D.C. field office, is run by an assistant director because of it’s so big. D.C. deals with investigations, the analysis of both local threats, and collaborates with partners on cases and other missions. The office also has 40 evidence experts, a search & recovery made up of 12 people, and SWAT team with 42 staff on it. There are also explosives analysts, crisis negotiators and a HAZMAT team of 27 members. In addition to this there are over 100 linguists at the office, and a large vehicle command center.
The D.C. office also collaborates with the Secret Service, Capitol Police and the U.S. Park Police. They helped with security at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, and in 2013 established a website to record bank robbers.