US: FBI plans large hiring blitz of agents, language experts

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FBI plans large hiring blitz of agents, experts
Mon Jan 5, 2009 5:15pm EST   By James Vicini

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wanted by the FBI: agents, language
specialists, computer experts, intelligence analysts and finance

The FBI said on Monday it had launched one of the largest hiring
blitzes in its 100-year history involving 2,100 professional staff
vacancies and 850 special agents aimed at filling its most critical
vacancies. The agency, which seeks to protect the United States from
terrorist attack, fight crime and catch spies, among other duties,
said it currently has more than 12,800 agents and about 18,400 other
employees. Since the Sept 11, 2001, attacks, the FBI has been
criticized for not having enough employees fluent in foreign languages
and for not moving fast enough to upgrade its computer system.

FBI Assistant Director John Raucci of the Human Resources division
said the federal law enforcement agency is seeking to bring more
people on board with skills in critical areas, especially language
fluency and computer science. "We're also looking for professionals in
a wide variety of fields who have a deep desire to help protect our
nation from terrorists, spies, and others who wish us harm," Raucci
said. He said the FBI, which has been investigating corporate
wrongdoing in connection with the current financial crisis, also needs
finance and accounting experts, along with those skilled in physical
surveillance and various other employees.

The hiring initiative for FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., and
for its field offices would replace departed staff and add some
employees, officials said. (Reporting by James Vicini, Editing by
Jackie Frank)

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