With Applicants Lacking, the FBI Is Doubling Its Advertising Budget
The government agency will also ease some requirements to expand the pool of potential agents.
Being an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation is no longer one of America’s most-wanted jobs as applicants have dropped from a peak of 68,500 in 2009 to just 11,500 last year.
In order to attract new recruits, the FBI will also loosen some requirements to expand the pool of potential agents as well as nearly double its advertising budget from $600,000 to about $1.2 million.
In doing that, the agency hopes to get the roughly 16,000 applicants it needs to net 900 new agents, a ratio that FBI has not met for “several” years.
Part of the reason for the decline in applications is the FBI’s strict standards for recruits (college degree, no defaults on federally guaranteed student loans, no illegal drug use in the past three years), but part of it also likely has to do with President Trump’s presence in the White House and his constant attacks on the bureau.
In addition to spending more, the FBI will also try to reach a new generation of potential agents by launching its first-ever Instagram account this summer and beginning to hold Facebook Live sessions.
“If you weren’t super-motivated, then we didn’t want you,” FBI official Peter Sursi told Quartz. “I just don’t think that that’s how the current labor market works. I don’t know what the future is going to hold, but I would assume that we’re going to continue to have to innovate and develop more resources to keep fighting and scrapping for that talent.”
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