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FBI Headquarters

FBI Locations

FBI Headquarters

Like any other organization, we have a centralized location for our support staff, executives, and mission-critical functions.

The FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC


Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., FBI Headquarters serves as the central point for professional and operational support to field offices, as well as executive coordination at the highest level.

Examples of Roles at Headquarters

  • Program analysts (PA) and management and program analysts (MAPAs) apply project management and business strategy techniques to develop and streamline processes for operational programs and support functions across the FBI.

        Business and Human Resources

  • Information technology specialists support tactical operations, maintain the technological infrastructure, and ensure personnel have the tools necessary to perform their jobs.


  • Finance and accounting professionals monitor and assess all financial and accounting operations and business activities. They attest to the costs associated with personnel, building, supplies, and more.

        Finance and Accounting

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Entrance to FBI headquarters in Washington, DC

Mission-Critical Work

The work we do at FBI Headquarters in Washington directs, organizes, and coordinates FBI activities around the world. Headquarters is where we:

  • Set the FBI’s priorities and policies.

  • Ensure centralization and coordination between divisions.

  • Provide operational and administrative support to field divisions and overseas offices.

  • Direct and lead major cases and operations within the FBI during times of national crisis or emergency.

The Future of Law Enforcement

As the work of FBI has grown, so has our footprint. In addition to the locations listed below, we now have specialized hubs—such as high-tech computer forensics centers—at various locations across the country.

Quantico, VA

The FBI Academy, the Laboratory Division, and some of our technology services are located in Quantico, VA.

FBI Quantico

Huntsville, AL 

The FBI's presence at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL houses state-of-the art facilities that support our dedication to innovation and technological excellence.

FBI at Redstone Arsenal 

Clarksburg, WV

The Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division is a high-tech hub in West Virginia that employs a wide range of STEM specialists to provide a range of state-of-the-art tools and services to law enforcement, intelligence community partners, and the general public.

Criminal Justice Information Services


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Exhibits on display at The FBI Experience tour at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Built to Serve

Founded in 1908, the FBI was originally housed within the Department of Justice’s headquarters building. By the mid-20th century, the FBI's rapidly growing body of agents and professional staff needed a central location to carry out the FBI mission. Thus, work on the J. Edgar Hoover Building began. The building opened its doors in 1975 and serves the American people to this day.

Experience the FBI

The FBI Experience is a self-guided tour at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Open to the public, the tour features interactive multimedia exhibits, content, and artifacts—including a number of items from notable cases on display for the very first time—that help illustrate the importance of our work to protect the nation.

The FBI Experience

FBI seal

FBI Locations

The FBI has a strong national and global reach. In addition to our 56 field offices and our satellite offices (known as resident agencies), we station employees overseas to partner with law enforcement, intelligence, and security services worldwide.

FBI Locations