May 19, 2023
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is in the news with the release of the Durham report and this week’s testimony in the House about the agency’s politicized leadership. In response to the FBI’s recent failures, many columnists and policymakers have called for either reforms, funding cuts, or agency dismantling.
The FBI has an annual budget of more than $11 billion and a workforce of 37,000 spread across headquarters, 56 field offices, 350 satellite offices, and dozens of foreign offices.
The chart shows that real FBI spending almost doubled from $5.25 billion 2000 to $10.44 billion in 2011 and has since trended slowly upwards reaching $11.4 billion in 2023.