The FBI uses intelligence to drive its decision-making. The information we get through intelligence gathering and sharing guides us in our mission to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution.
Gathering intelligence has always been critical to fulfilling the FBI’s mission. Some techniques we use to do this include interviews, wiretaps, and data analysis.
While the need for intelligence hasn’t changed, the threats confronting the country have evolved—and we’re constantly adapting to combat the threats we’re facing at home and abroad.
Regardless of the intelligence-gathering technique, the FBI follows all laws, policies, and procedures designed to protect the privacy of the American people.
Intelligence collection is governed by:
- The attorney general’s guidelines
- Procedures for national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection
- The U.S. Constitution
- Federal law
- Established criminal procedures
- Authorities controlled by U.S. courts
The FBI's Intelligence Branch manages the FBI's intelligence strategy, resources, policies, and programs.
Through our Office of Private Sector, the FBI regularly shares information with the U.S. private sector and educational institutions to help them stay ahead of threats and mitigate the risks posed by criminals, terrorists, and nation-state actors. This collaboration helps protect our economic and national security.
The OPE serves as the FBI’s primary liaison for the law enforcement community, representing the perspectives of chiefs, sheriffs, and law enforcement associations within the FBI.
The National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC) is an FBI-managed federal government center that provides timely, accurate, and cost-effective translations for the U.S. government.