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What We Investigate

What We Investigate

FBI Agent Collects Evidence from Exploded Car (AP Photo)

The FBI’s mandate, which is the broadest of all federal investigative agencies, authorizes it to investigate all federal criminal violations not specifically assigned by Congress to another federal agency. These investigative functions are prioritized through our Strategic Plan as outlined below.

Our investigative philosophy emphasizes close relations and information sharing with other federal, state, and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies and uses a strategic approach that utilizes long-term, complex investigations.

National FBI Priorities

In executing the following priorities, we will produce and use intelligence to protect the nation from threats and to bring to justice those who violate the law.

  1. Protect the United States from terrorist attack
  2. Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage
  3. Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes
  4. Combat public corruption at all levels
  5. Protect civil rights
  6. Combat transnational/national criminal organizations and enterprises
  7. Combat major white-collar crime
  8. Combat significant violent crime
  9. Support federal, state, local and international partners
  10. Upgrade technology to successfully perform the FBI’s mission

El Paso FBI’s Investigative Programs

1. Counterterrorism

  • International terrorism
  • Domestic terrorism

2. Foreign Counterintelligence

  • Economic espionage
  • Foreign counterintelligence matters
  • Security countermeasures

3. Cyber Crimes

  • Computer intrusions
  • Identity theft
  • Internet fraud

4. Public Corruption

  • Law Enforcement related corruption
  • Contract/Legislative corruption
  • Judicial related corruption
  • Regulatory corruption

5. Civil Rights

  • Color of Law violations
  • Human Trafficking
  • Discrimination in housing
  • Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act

6. Organized Criminal Enterprises

  • Wanted billboard for FBI Top Ten fugitive Eduardo Ravelo
    Criminal enterprise investigations/violent gangs
  • Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force matters
  • Drug matters/trafficking organizations
  • Enterprise theft (such as theft from interstate shipment and Interstate theft of stolen motor vehicles)

7. White-Collar Crime

  • Corporate fraud
  • Health care fraud
  • Financial institution fraud
  • Fraud against the government
  • Intellectual property rights theft
  • Environmental crimes
  • Telemarketing, bankruptcy, and insurance frauds
  • Wire/mail frauds

8. Violent Crimes

  • Kidnapping and extortion
  • Crimes against children / online child pornography
  • Crime aboard aircraft
  • Tampering with consumer products
  • Fugitives wanted as a result of FBI investigations
  • Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution