Federal Bureau of Investigation Legal Attaché Program*
Report No. 04-18
Office of the Inspector General
CONSOLIDATED LIST OF FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Finding 1: The International Operations Administrative Unit, Office of International Operations, and the Operational Skills Unit, Training Division, have successfully established a pre-deployment training program for outgoing Legal Attache personnel.
Recommendation 1.1: That one comprehensive course evaluation instrument be developed for all Legat pre-deployment training, and that all Legat personnel be required to provide feedback upon completion of training, six months after reporting to their overseas assignment, and at the end of their overseas tour.
Finding 2: FBI Headquarters operational divisions are not providing outgoing Legat personnel with briefings that address the crime problems and/or investigative concerns associated with the country and terroritories that the agent will be responsible for covering.
Recommendation 2.1: That the FBI Headquarters operational divisions of Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, Criminal Investigative, and Cyber be required to provide agent personnel being transferred to a Legat assignment with substantive briefings describing the crime problems and investigative concerns pertaining to the Legat office and region of the world to which the agent is being assigned.
Recommendation 2.2: That the OIO send formal ECs to the Assistant Directors of the Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, Criminal Investigative, and Cyber to request substantive briefings for outgoing Legat personnel two weeks in advance of Legat pre-deployment training classes.
Finding 3: Sufficient personnel and nonpersonnel resources have not been provided for Legat predeployment training to ensure the continued success of the existing program much less allow for continuous improvement in order to meet future training needs.
Recommendation 3.1: That the Administrative Services Division identify space and the Finance Division identify funding for an OIO classroom facility and simulated Legat office to provide Legat pre-deployment training.
Recommendation 3.2: That the Resource Allocation and Staffing Requirements Office, in coordination with the Training Division, identify additional personnel resources within the Training Division's existing Funded Staffing Level to support the Legat Security Awareness Program.
Finding 4: The expanded use of temporary duty assignments would not only provide useful pre-deployment training for individuals selected for a Legat assignment, but would also provide an opportunity for prospective Legat applicants to experience working in a Legat office and the OIO with an opportunity to assess the prospective applicant's performance in an overseas environment.
Recommendation 4.1: That individuals selected for Legat vacancies without any prior Legat experience, regardless of whether the office is a new or established Legat office, be required to complete a temporary duty assignment prior to transfer.
Recommendation 4.2: That the OIO and the Executive Development and Selection Program determine whether it would be feasible to require FBI employees to complete a temporary duty assignment in a Legat office as a prerequisite for applying to a Legat vacancy.
Finding 5: Agent personnel are not selected far enough in advance to complete a successful course of foreign language training that will enable them to conduct business at a functional level in the host country language.
Recommendation 5.1: That the Language Services Section, OIO, provide an EC to the OIO and the Executive Development and Selection Program describing the amount of time necessary to provide a successful level of foreign language training for each Legat office with a critical foreign language requirement.
Recommendation 5.2: That the information provided by the Language Services Section, OIO, be used by the OIO and the Executive Development Selection Program to prioritize, advertise, and select personnel for overseas vacancies far enough in advance to allow for an appropriate level of foreign language training to be provided.
Recommendation 5.3: That all FBI personnel receiving foreign language training be required to evaluate the foreign language training received and be tested to determine the level of proficiency achieved.
Finding 6: The FBI does not have a proactive system in place to address the mental health needs of Legat personnel.
Recommendation 6.1: That the Employee Assistance Unit, Administrative Services Division, provide estimates to the Finance Division detailing the amount of resources necessary to develop and implement a menial health program in support of the FBI's Legat Program.
Recommendation 6.2: That the Finance Division identify and reallocate resources in support of mental health services for the FBI's Legat Program.
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