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FBI Director, Acting Assistant Director Brief Separate House Subcommittees

At a hearing before a House Appropriations Subcommittee this morning, FBI Director James B. Comey laid out the Bureau’s budget request for fiscal year 2015 and summarized the various efforts this funding supports. Also this morning, FBI Criminal Investigative Division Acting Assistant Director Michael T. Harpster briefed a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Bureau’s efforts to combat child sex trafficking.

Mar 26, 2014 10:00 AM

FBI Director, Acting Assistant Director Brief Separate House Subcommittees

At a hearing before a House Appropriations Subcommittee this morning, FBI Director James B. Comey laid out the Bureau’s budget request for fiscal year 2015 and summarized the various efforts this funding supports. Also this morning, FBI Criminal Investigative Division Acting Assistant Director Michael T. Harpster briefed a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Bureau’s efforts to combat child sex trafficking.

Comey touched on national security matters of concern to the FBI—including counterterrorism, counterintelligence, weapons of mass destruction, intelligence, and cyber—as well as priority criminal issues such as public corruption, financial crimes, gangs and violent crime, transnational organized crime, crimes against children, and Indian country crime. He also highlighted our responsibilities in the areas of science and technology, critical incident response, victim assistance, information technology, international offices, training, and leadership development.

“These diverse threats facing our nation and our neighborhoods underscore the complexity and breadth of the FBI’s mission,” said Comey. “Our continued ability to carry out this demanding mission reflects the support and oversight provided by this committee.” (Comey is scheduled to brief a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee about the same matter tomorrow.)

Harpster, during his appearance at a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing, told members that the FBI’s strategy to address child sex trafficking “involves using multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams to investigate and prosecute crimes that cross geographical and jurisdictional boundaries; promoting and enhancing interagency sharing of intelligence, specialized skills, and services; and widely offering our victim/witness services...All for the express purpose of protecting our nation’s greatest asset—our children.”

Comey’s full testimony | Harpster’s full testimony