Two years of stonewalling by the FBI, and this report on the agency’s counterterrorism work is the best the Government Accountability Office can do? After the FBI, post-9/11, declared counterterrorism to be its top investigative priority, it repeatedly refused to cooperate with GAO’s efforts to assess its effectiveness.
Seems the FBI won this round. I was snoring before making it to the end of the report’s title: “Vacancies Have Declined, but FBI Has Not Assessed the Long-Term Sustainability of Its Strategy for Addressing Vacancies.” Rather than being about the FBI’s effectiveness in, well, countering terrorism, the GAO gives a report about job vacancies.
Secrecy News puts a positive spin on things. “While the substance of the new GAO report is of ephemeral interest,” Steven Aftergood writes today, “the report may nevertheless have long-term significance as a catalyst for, and a portent of, greater GAO involvement in intelligence oversight.”