FBI Director James Comey says he's authorized new hiring and is ready to order resumption of training new agents following last month's passage of a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill.
The spending measure also scaled back automatic spending cuts that had led the FBI to eliminate more than 2,000 positions, institute a hiring freeze and suspended training of new agents at its academy at Quantico, Va.
Comey said Tuesday at a visit to the FBI's Omaha field office that he has already signed off on opening 700 positions within the agency's field offices across the country. The Omaha field office covers Nebraska and Iowa.
Comey, who took over the FBI in September, plans to visit all of the agency's 56 field offices in the coming weeks.