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Aldrich Ames is arrested by FBI agents outside his home on February 21, 1994Since 9/11, the Washington Field Office operational partnerships have never been more important to our efforts to protect the national capital area. Today, we work with our counterparts at every level of government—local, state, federal, tribal, and international. We are an active member of multi-agency task forces, intelligence groups and fusion centers, and public and private sector alliances. We work closely on joint investigations and sit shoulder-to-shoulder with these partners in FBI space.

Our major partnerships include:

Washington Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)

This task force brings together representatives of 34 local, state, and federal agencies that respond to all terrorism leads, develop and investigate cases, provide support for special events, and proactively identify threats and trends that may impact the region, the nation, and the world.

The task force—dedicated to protecting the national capital region from terrorist attack—develops intelligence on and conducts investigations of international terrorists and domestic terrorists such as white supremacist organizations, lone wolves, black separatists, animal and eco-terrorist groups, anti-abortion and pro-life extremists, anarchists, and violent special interest groups. It also investigates bomb threats, whether they come by mail, phone, or the Internet. Finally, the task force investigates crime aboard aircrafts affecting the Reagan National and Dulles International airports in Virginia.

Transcending all investigations is the FBI’s responsibility to uphold the constitutional rights of each citizen. We have a unique responsibility to conduct criminal and national security investigations that involve the collection and analysis of sensitive information, while still protecting civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. One of the challenges involves the retention of personally identifying information obtained during a threat assessment. Both the National Security Attorney General Guidelines and the Criminal Attorney General Guidelines authorize the retention of information obtained during a threat assessment when the information is relevant to a valid investigative purpose. Conversely, collecting and retaining personal information about U.S. persons—based solely on an individual’s exercise of constitutional rights, such as First Amendment rights—is strictly prohibited.

Intelligence Division/Field Intelligence Group

This team of FBI agents and analysts provide a full range of intelligence support on terrorism and criminal threats. The mission of our Intelligence Division is to develop, collect, analyze, manage, and disseminate intelligence information for the safety, protection, and security of the U.S. and its citizens, allies, and interests abroad, as well as the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The division is organized into seven major components—counterterrorism, counterintelligence, criminal, operations, financial, linguistics, and collection management.

We participate in the FBI Counterintelligence Strategic Partnerships Program, which builds relationships between private industry, academia, government agencies, the FBI, and its counterintelligence community partners to identify and protect projects of great importance to the U.S. government.

Cyber Crime Task Force

This group brings together local, state, and federal experts to combat computer intrusions, viruses, and other cyber threats. The task force also is in regular communication with the InfraGard Nation’s Capital Members Alliance—the local arm of a national information-sharing alliance between private industry, academia, and government that is focused on protecting critical national infrastructures in both the online and offline worlds.

Washington Metropolitan Major Medical Fraud Task Force

The task force includes federal, state, and local government agencies and the anti-fraud components of private health plans. It identifies and investigates health care fraud schemes in the Washington metropolitan area that are exploiting government and private health care plans and programs.

Violent Crime/Gang and Drug Task Forces

We partner with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to combat violent crime, gangs and drugs. The ultimate goal of the task forces is to make the streets of our community safer for our citizens:

  • The Northern Virginia Gang Task Force includes investigators representing 14 jurisdictions in the national capital area. It focuses on efforts to reduce gang-related violent crimes in Northern Virginia through federal prosecution of gang members.
  • The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Major Offenders Initiative (HIDTA MOI) is comprised of FBI agents and Metropolitan Police Department detectives. It works to dismantle major drug trafficking networks and stem the flow of illegal drugs into the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
  • The MS-13 National Gang Task Force (NGTF) is a centralized, intelligence-driven organization established by FBI Headquarters to coordinate and support local MS-13 investigations into regional and national level investigations and prosecutions.
  • The Safe Streets Task Force works with the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Park Police to identify and address the most violent gangs in Washington, D.C. It utilizes drug and violent crime investigations to address gang violence and the associated homicides. The task force’s objective is to reduce drug/gang-related violence and homicides through federal prosecution of gang members and dismantlement of the gangs.
  • The Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF) works with the Metropolitan Police Department, the U.S. Capitol Police, and Northern Virginia police departments to combat violent crimes such as carjackings, bank robbery, kidnapping, and extortion. The task force also assists local police agencies with the investigation of cold case homicides.
  • The Art Crime Team, including specialists from the Washington Field Office, began in 2003 to respond to the theft of individual works of art, the illegal export of objects protected by international laws, and the pillaging of archaeological sites. Art theft is a growing international crime problem requiring cooperation at all levels of law enforcement, and the FBI’s Art Theft Program assists law enforcement agencies worldwide in addressing this problem. The Art Theft Program is supported by the National Stolen Art File, a computerized database of stolen art and cultural property as reported to the FBI by U.S. and international law enforcement officials.

Community Partnerships

Knowing how important it is to remain connected to our regional business, civic, and religious communities, we have established a range of partnerships in the region. See our Community Outreach page for more information.