Skip to main content
ad info

 
CNN.com AllPolitics
  Editions | myCNN | Video | Audio | Headline News Brief | Free E-mail | Feedback  
 

Search


Search tips
POLITICS
TOP STORIES

Bush unveiling religious-based charity plan

Bush and family attend largely black church

Bush appears to make encouraging first impression

Bush Cabinet will meet over California power crisis

Former first lady says Reagans repaid Bel Air home with interest

Lockhart defends Clintons as GOP criticizes gifts, pardons, pranks

(MORE)

TOP STORIES

Indian PM witnesses quake devastation

EU considers tighter BSE controls

Alpine tunnel tops summit agenda

Bill Gates to address Davos

(MORE)

 MARKETS    1613 GMT, 12/28
5217.4
-25.00
5160.1
+42.97
4624.58
+33.42

 
SPORTS

(MORE)

 All Scoreboards
WEATHER
European Forecast

 Or choose another Region:
EUROPE

WORLD

TECHNOLOGY

ENTERTAINMENT

  IN OTHER NEWS

U.S.

HEALTH

TRAVEL



(MORE HEADLINES)
EDITIONS:
CNN.com U.S.:
*

LOCAL LANGUAGES:


MULTIMEDIA:

CNN WEB SITES:

CNN NETWORKS:
CNN International

TIME INC. SITES:

SITE INFO:

WEB SERVICES:

FBI to speed presidential transition background checks

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- FBI officials, faced with a shortened presidential transition period, decided they would sharply increase the number of investigators needed to complete background investigations for Cabinet officials and other high-ranking appointees. The additional staff would help complete the task in less than half the usual time.

FBI seal
 

"We met today and decided we're going to throw whatever resources are needed to get this done," a senior law enforcement official said Monday. "We'll provide the resources to get the top people cleared in a week to 10 days."

Historically, such background checks take up to three weeks to complete for the highest-ranking officials and longer for lower-ranking appointees, FBI officials said.

The FBI will not begin conducting the background checks until a transition team provides written requests to perform the investigations. It was unclear under the current circumstances -- with Democrat Al Gore contesting Florida's certified presidential tally -- when those requests might be received, but officials with the campaign of Republican George W. Bush said they were pressing forward with their transition plans.

The General Services Administration has responsibility for many of the decisions under the Presidential Transition Act, but the Justice Department may become involved in some of the legal issues.

A Justice Department official said Monday the agency has received "a couple of inquiries from the White House and other agencies" relating to transition issues.

The official would not divulge the specific nature of the inquiries, which were sent to the Office of Legal Counsel, saying the Justice Department does not make public its internal communications with the White House or other agencies.


MORE STORIES:

Monday, November 27, 2000

ARCHIVES

 Search   

Back to the top  © 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.