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Top anti-terror talent leaving FBI

July 7, 2006 at 12:05 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations reportedly is losing its top counter-terrorism talents mostly because of new rules and regulations at the agency.

A CBS News report says a new policy affecting middle management at the agency requires experienced supervisors to apply for jobs in Washington or be demoted. This has led to a number -- estimated in the hundreds -- of people to leave the bureau, says the report.

At top levels, the report says the FBI's National Security Branch, which leads the war on terrorism, will have its sixth director in four years. Among the others who will be leaving are the head of the FBI lab and its cyber-crime chief.

"In the last survey, about half of these field supervisors, which are being forced to move to headquarters or get out, about half of them said they were going to get out," U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told CBS.

Former agents say most agents are not interested in shuffling papers at the headquarters and would rather work in the field.

Topics: Mike Rogers
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