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Post-9/11 Timeline of Significant FBI Events

Post-9/11 Timeline of Significant FBI Events

2001

September 11

Executive Watch—now called Counterterrorism Watch—is created to gather threat information, assess it for credibility and urgency, and task FBI divisions to take action as needed.

September 13

The Terrorist Financing Operations Section is established to centralize efforts to track and shut down terrorist financing and use financial information to uncover terror cells.

October 1

The College of Analytical Studies is launched; the center has since evolved into the Center for Intelligence Training, offering basic and advanced instruction for FBI analysts.

October 11

FBI field divisions are directed to expand Joint Terrorism Task Forces; more than 100 are currently in operation across the nation.

December 3

A reorganization of FBI Headquarters is announced. Four high-level executive assistant director positions are created. Cyber and Security Divisions are established, along with the Office of Intelligence.

2002

February

The first FBI Intelligence Bulletin is disseminated to law enforcement, sharing information on significant criminal and national security developments and trends of interest to the intelligence and law enforcement communities.

May

The Office of Law Enforcement Coordination is established to enhance coordination and communication between the FBI and its state, local, tribal, federal, and international law enforcement partners.

May

The Director establishes the FBI’s top 10 priorities, making the prevention of terrorist attacks the overriding focus of the organization.

June

The National Joint Terrorism Task Force (NJTTF) is launched to serve as a liaison and conduit for information on threats and leads from FBI Headquarters and local Joint Terrorism Task Forces and to participating agencies.

August

The Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force created after 9/11 is brought into the FBI. The task force works to keep terrorists and their supporters out of the U.S. through entry denial, removal, or prosecution.

2003

February

The intelligence program is established, and the first executive assistant director for intelligence and assistant director of intelligence are appointed.

October

The National Alert System coordinated by the NJTTF becomes operational and serves to notify police chiefs or local command centers of alerts, threats, or other critical information.

October

Field Intelligence Groups (FIGs) are established in every field office. The FIGs coordinate, manage, and execute FBI intelligence functions in the field.

December

The Terrorist Screening Center begins operations, consolidating information from terrorist watch lists and providing 24/7 operational support for law enforcement and other officials.

December

The Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center is created to exploit terrorist use of explosives and leverage FBI biometrics in domestic and international investigations.

2004

February

A new FBI anti-piracy seal is unveiled with industry partners to help deter the theft of copyrighted materials; the seal has since been featured on millions of DVDs, CDs, software packages, and other digital media.

July

The 9/11 Commission Report is released, reviewing the FBI’s reform efforts and providing recommendations to further strengthen its intelligence capability.

November

A rapid deployment Art Crime Team is created to address art and cultural property crime cases by placing trained investigators in different geographic regions of the country.

December

The FBI launches the intelligence-driven MS-13 National Gang Task Force to combine the expertise, resources, and jurisdiction of federal agencies that investigate this violent international street gang.

December

The National Counterterrorism Center replaces the Terrorist Threat Integration Center as the nation’s primary agency for analyzing and integrating terrorism intelligence.

2005

February

The Directorate of Intelligence is formally established to manage all FBI intelligence activities and to work with all Bureau offices to embed intelligence in every investigative program.

March and April

The FBI’s first legal attachés in Iraq and Afghanistan are opened in U.S. Embassies to work directly with their respective governments and with U.S. partners on terrorism and security issues of mutual concern.

June

The National Gang Intelligence Center is created to centralize and coordinate the national collection of gang intelligence and analyze and distribute this information to law enforcement partners nationwide.

September

Based on a recommendation of the WMD Commission, the National Security Branch (NSB) is established, combining the FBI’s national security workforce and mission under one umbrella.

October

The Domestic Security Alliance Council is set up to strengthen information-sharing with the private sector to help prevent, detect, and investigates threats impacting American businesses.

2006

February

The FBI launches the Civil Rights Cold Case Initiative, reaching out to local and state authorities, civic organizations, and community leaders around the country for information on civil rights era racially motivated murders that had never been solved or were not adequately investigated and prosecuted.

May

The Central American Fingerprint Exploitation initiative, or CAFE, is created to enable criminal fingerprint and other biometric records from various countries to be entered into the FBI’s fingerprint databases and searched by U.S. law enforcement and participating nations.

June

All FBI field offices begin more systematically dedicating special agents and intelligence analysts to leading fusion centers in their territories.

July

As part of a larger reorganization of FBI Headquarters, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate is established in the NSB to integrate components previously spread throughout the FBI.

September

The FBI implements a Strategy Management System to help strike a balance between its short-term tactical efforts and longer-term strategic initiatives and to drive the organizational change needed to effectively address the threats of a post-9/11 world.

2007

April

The FBI provides assistance to law enforcement agencies in the investigation of the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech. The FBI also supported victims of the tragedy.

June

The Office of Integrity and Compliance is created to ensure FBI conformity with laws, rules, and procedures in national security matters and all other activities.

June

Phase I of Sentinel, a web-based case management system designed to support the FBI’s law enforcement and intelligence mission, is deployed Bureau-wide.

September

The Strategic Execution Team (SET) is established to accelerate the FBI’s transformation into an intelligence-led organization by better integrating intelligence and investigative work and standardizing intelligence work roles and processes across all field offices.

September

The first digital billboards are launched to publicize FBI wanted fugitives, missing kids, and other high-profile security messages; the program has since gone national, with billboard space being provided as a public service by various advertising companies.

2008

January

The U.S. president directs the FBI to lead the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, which today includes 18 law enforcement and intelligence agencies working side by side to identify key cyber players and schemes.

March

The first phase of the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) is launched to provide law enforcement agencies with a new tool to enhance the nation’s ability to fight crime and terrorism.

July

The FBI celebrates its 100th anniversary with a series of events around the nation and across the globe, reaffirming its commitment to protecting the country from national security and criminal threats.

July

The FBI makes its new crisis management tool called ORION—the Operational Response and Investigative Online Network—available to law enforcement and interagency task forces over a secure website to quickly and effectively coordinate efforts during critical incidents.

2009

January

The FBI begins operating a centralized threat tracking system called eGuardian for state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to share information with a potential nexus to terrorism.

April

FBI publicly announces the Highway Serial Killings Initiative, an extensive effort to support state and local partners with open investigations into highway murders across the country.

April

The first meeting of the Central American Intelligence Program, a joint initiative of the Bureau and the State Department, is held at the FBI Academy. The international group was formed to help fight violent street gangs by increasing the flow of information and intelligence.

August

A pilot Regional Intelligence Group (RIG) is established in the Mid-Atlantic area to help field offices better understand trends, vulnerabilities, and threats in a larger geographic area; based on its success, five more RIGs are established in 2010.

2010

January

The interagency High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group run by the FBI becomes operational, providing mobile teams of experienced experts to conduct interrogations of key terrorists and to gather information that will help prevent terrorist attacks.

October

The Data Integration and Visualization System, or DIVS, is deployed, allowing agents and analysts to search data across multiple information systems using a user-friendly interface and to locate information most pertinent to their work.

October

The FBI’s National Stolen Art File goes online, enabling law enforcement and the public to quickly and easily search a database of thousands of stolen artworks and cultural objects

2011

January

A new 24/7 initiative called Intelligence Watch is launched to proactively search for intelligence across FBI priorities and to create an analytical surge capacity for major critical incidents.

July

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously to extend the term of FBI Director Robert S. Mueller until September 4, 2013.

October

The Next Generation Cyber Initiative was launched as an FBI-wide initiative to enhance the Bureau’s ability to address the full range of cyber-security threats to the nation. The initiative has enhanced the FBI’s ability to collect, coordinate, integrate, share, and act on information related to cyber intrusion investigations.

2012

January

Attorney General Eric Holder announced revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s definition of rape to allow the FBI to collect more comprehensive statistical reporting of rape nationwide. The change had been recommended by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division Advisory Policy Board and had been under consideration for some time.

July

Sentinel, the FBI’s next-generation information and case management system was deployed to all employees. The system’s indexing ability allows users to extract names, dates, vehicles, addresses, and other details, and to more efficiently share data with our law enforcement partners. Sentinel also enhances the FBI’s ability to link cases with similar information through expanded search capabilities and to share new case information and intelligence more quickly among special agents and analysts.

2013

February

The Bureau held the first session of its National Cyber Executive Institute, a three-day seminar to train leading industry executives on cyber threat awareness and information sharing.

March

The FBI opened the National Domestic Communications Assistance Center, which enables law enforcement to share tools, train one another in modern intercept solutions, and reach out to the communications industry with one voice.

July

In an effort to enhance the FBI’s ability to mitigate and prevent serious cyber threats, the FBI launched a secure portal called iGuardian that allows industry partners to quickly and safely report actual and attempted cyber intrusion incidents.

September

Director Mueller is set to retire after 12 years of service. He is the second-longest serving Director in FBI history. His replacement, James Comey, is scheduled to take the oath of office on September 4, becoming the seventh FBI Director in the modern era.

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