FBI HAS NO CHARTER
(Thanks to a CN reader for sending me the following document.
Note that the copy I received seems to be 3rd or 4th generation,
so it's possible I have made minor misspellings.)
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THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
American British Law Division
June 17, 1985
This is in response to your request for a copy of the charter
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Our research shows that while most entities within the
federal government are officially established and defined by
charter, the F.B.I. is not. The Attorney General created the
F.B.I. in 1908 (*The United States Government Manual* 347-8
(1984)). The bureau's activities have since been outlined by
various statutory authority.
The date you mentioned in your letter identifies a proposal
made in Congress that a formal charter be adopted. The charter,
however, was not approved. We are enclosing a machine-produced
bibliography of material pertaining to that proposal. You may
obtain further information to assist you in your research by
writing to the Office of the Director, Federal Bureau of
Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover Building, Ninth Street and
Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20535.
If we can be of further assistance, please let us know.
(Mrs.) Marlene C. McGuirl