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FBI to Give New Test on Surveillance, a Year After Cheating Episode
By David Stout | August 8, 2022 1:54 pm

A test on the FBI’s domestic-surveillance policies will soon be given to all bureau employees, and the agency’s leaders can only hope the test goes better than last year’s version.

When the 2010 test on the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide was given, a significant number of test-takers were found to have cheated, according to the Justice Department’s Inspector General’s office (see Main Justice’s report.) The IG recommended that those guilty be punished and that a new test be administered.

This year’s version of the test has been revised and will be considerably shorter, Allan Lengel reports on his Tickle the Wire blog.

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said he expects the test to be introduced in the coming weeks. “Prior to implementation of the revised Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG), all FBI special agents and appropriate professional staff will be required to successfully complete a training course and assessment,” Bresson said.

The new version of the DIOG also gives agents more leeway on surveillance techniques, as Main Justice reported in June.


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