FBI employees cheated on security test
By James Vicini, Reuters
WASHINGTON - FBI agents and several supervisors cheated on an exam about new rules for terrorism and criminal investigations and for collecting foreign intelligence, according to a Justice Department report released Monday.
The report by inspector general Glenn Fine found that some FBI employees improperly consulted with others while taking the exam, and others used or distributed answer sheets or study guides that essentially provided the answers to the test.
A few FBI employees, including several supervisors and a legal adviser, exploited a programming flaw to reveal the answers on their computers, according to the investigation into four FBI offices around the country and several individuals.
The report found significant abuses and cheating involving at least 22 employees.
It marked the latest critical report of the federal law enforcement agency by the inspector general’s office, which has questioned in the past whether the FBI has violated civil liberties as part of its terrorism investigations.