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James Comey Highlights FBI’s Programs, Cross-Cutting Functions in Hill Testimony

James Comey
James Comey

FBI Director James Comey discussed the bureau’s efforts to address challenges to national security and law enforcement operations and the coverage of its budget request for fiscal year 2016 in testimony to a House Appropriations subcommittee.

“The breadth of these threats and challenges are as complex as any time in our history. And the consequences of not responding to and countering threats and challenges have never been greater,” Comey said in written remarks.

He told the subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related agencies that of the FBI’s $8.48 billion request, $8.4 billion is for salaries and expenses, $68.9 million is for construction and $20 million is for program updates.

Comey named terrorism, foreign intelligence and espionage, cyber threats, public corruption, gangs and violent crime, transnational organized crime and crimes against children as the main threat areas that FBI is working on.

“[We] face growing challenges, from keeping pace with constantly changing and new technologies that make our jobs both easier and harder; to the use of the Internet and social media to facilitate illegal activities, recruit followers and encourage terrorist attacks, and to disperse information on building improvised explosive devices and other means to attack the U.S.,” he said.

The FBI director also noted that the bureau’s capabilities in intelligence and operational and information technology encompass several missions and applications to help in responses to the identified threats and challenges.

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