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|Established|| July 26, 1908|
|Disbanded|| Still Active |
|Contributor||U Ole Polecat|
|Last Modified||Scott³ January 25, 2009 11:58pm|
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the investigative arm of the US Department of Justice.
The FBI's investigative authority can be found in Title 28, Section 533 of the US Code. Additionally,
there are other statutes, such as the Congressional Assassination, Kidnapping, and Assault Act
(Title 18, US Code, Section 351), which give the FBI responsibility to investigate specific crimes.
Evolution of the FBI
July 26, 1908 -- No specific name assigned; referred to as Special Agent Force
March 16, 1909 -- Bureau of Investigation
July 1, 1932 -- U.S. Bureau of Investigation
August 10, 1933 -- Division of Investigation (The Division also included the Bureau of Prohibition)
July 1, 1935 -- Federal Bureau of Investigation
The FBI is headed by a Director who is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
On October 15, 1976, in reaction to the extraordinary 48-year term of J. Edgar Hoover, Congress
passed Public Law 94-503, which limits the term of each FBI Director to ten years.
FBI Headquarters is currently located in the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue in
Washington, DC. The Special Agents and support personnel who work at Headquarters organize
and coordinate FBI activities around the world. Headquarters personnel determine investigative
priorities, oversee major cases, and manage the organization's resources, technology, and
personnel. Headquarters also has a role in gathering and distributing information.