FBI Scrambling To Hire Special Agents As Public Opinion Erodes

Monday, February 25, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Mon, 02/25/2019

The FBI is having trouble filling special agent positions amid the tightest labor market in decades, while three years of scandals revealing the agency to be a hotbed of partisan leadership and sexual misconduct isn’t helping.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the number of applicants for special agent has dropped from a peak of 68,500 in 2009 to just 11,500 in the year that ended in September.

Because of this, the FBI has been forced to beef up recruitment efforts – as the agency relaxes some of its eligibility requirements and sets out to target women and minorities, according to the Journal.

“We had a lot of discussion internally about why the number of special agent applicants were fluctuating so much over the years. We were trying to figure out what’s the story,” said the FBI’s head of recruitment hiring, Peter Sursi.

The FBI’s renewed focus on recruitment comes as the bureau remains under intense pressure over its handling of politically sensitive investigations, including special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. President Trump has derided the investigation, which began as an FBI inquiry and still uses the bureau’s agents and resources, as a “witch hunt.”

Major leadership shake-ups—Mr. Trump’s firing of Director James Comey in 2017 and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ firing of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in 2018—further added to the turmoil within the bureau, and polls have shown that the public’s view of the FBI has soured in recent years. -Wall Street Journal

The FBI’s former top brass didn’t help the agency’s image – with Deputy Director McCabe’s wife taking $500k from Clinton pal Terry McAuliffe’s PAC before McCabe headed up the investigation that exonerated her, and former FBI Director James Comey’s wife and daughters revealing they were rooting for Hillary in 2016.

Prior to heading up the FBI, Comey earned $6 Million dollars in one year as Lockheed’s top lawyer – the same year the over-budget F-35 manufacturer made a huge donation to the Clinton Foundation. He was also a board member at HSBC shortly after (then NY AG) Loretta “tarmac” Lynch let the Clinton Foundation partner slide with a slap on the wrist for laundering drug money.

There was also a ton of sexual misconduct which happened under Comey’s watch, as detailed in a report by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

The acts entail inappropriate romantic relationships with a subordinate, outright sexual harassment, favoritism or promotion based on demands for sex, and retaliation against women who rebuffed male employee’s advances. -Daily Caller

All of that said, the FBI’s recruiting slump began long before recent revelations went mainstream – with current and former officials noting that the downward trend in applications began after 2009.

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