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Agents work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is the investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. Agents are placed in one of 56 field offices or one of nearly 80 foreign legal attaché offices. The FBI employed 13,598 special agents as of October 31, 2013. The FBI hires on a continual basis, although some years it does not hire any new agents. When the bureau is hiring, it posts job openings on the Web site USA Jobs (http://fbi.usajobs.gov), and advertises on other employment Web sites and in newspapers and periodicals.

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