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Frequently Asked Questions

Membership

Who can join the Directory?

Retired FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS who left the agency in “good standing,” can become members of the Directory as soon as they submit an online application, have their retirement status verified and pay annual subscription fee.

What documentation is necessary to prove an individual’s “retirement” and “good standing” status with the FBI?

Retired FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS who left the FBI with full retirement benefits are considered individuals who left the agency in “good standing, ” which can be proved by emailing/uploading or sending/faxing a photo/Xerox copy of the plastic ID card the FBI issues upon retirement.

Besides sending a photo/Xerox copy of an individual’s plastic ID card issued by the FBI upon retirement, are there other means an individual can use to gain Membership?

Yes, an applicant can certify that he/she is also a member of the SOCIETY OF FORMER SPECIAL AGENTS OF THE FBI and once membership has been verified, an applicant can become a Member as long as the annual subscription fee has been paid.Also, applicants who retired from the FBI before the Bureau issued retirement cards and/or who are not members of the SOCIETY OF FORMER SPECIAL AGENT can become Members by submitting a notarized affidavit attesting to their retirement status and identifying two [2] FBI retirees as references. Thereafter, as soon as applicant’s retirement/good standing status can be verified, and the annual subscription fee paid, an applicant can become a Member. A blank affidavit can be downloaded from the website, notarized and thereafter uploaded/faxed for use in connection with an individual’s online application requesting Membership.

Because an applicant’s “retirement” and “good standing” status MUST be verified before an individual can become a Member, how long does the process take?

Generally speaking, once an individual submits an online application—as long as appropriate documentation has also been submitted—new members can expect approval and email notification within 24-48 hours. For applicants submitting a “notarized affidavit,” with two references requesting Membership, the process will take longer because some investigation is required, making contact with the references before Membership can be granted.

Are there different levels of Membership and what are they?

Yes, there are two [2] levels of Membership.

A complete/full Membership includes a Directory listing where Members can list their Contact Information, tailor list skills based on seventy [70] separate FBI Skillsets, create a Profile totaling approximately 450 words [with an option to publish or “not” publish], upload a Picture [also with an option to publish or “not” publish] and receive/be assigned an Email address, which Members can use with a personal email program, as long as they have an email program found amongst the common programs listed on the website.

Members can also request a “discount” Membership wherein a Member receives only an Email address for use with their personal Email program, as long as it’s one of the common email programs found on the website.

At any time, a Member can “upgrade” a discounted Membership to a complete/full Membership, but at the new full subscription price totaling $99 per year, but they cannot “downgrade” a Membership.

What are Membership fees?

For a complete/full Membership to the Online Directory, the “nonrefundable” Annual Subscription Fee is $99 per year.

For a reduced/discounted Membership, limited only to the assignment/use of an Email address, the “nonrefundable” Annual Subscription Fee is $59 per year.

Why should a “retired” FBI AGENT / ANALYST become a member to the website?

Joining the website, Members are able to list their Contact Information, detail their FBI Skillsets, create a Profile totaling approximately 450 words, upload a current Picture, and are assigned an instantly recognizable email address providing immediate exposure to individuals searching the website looking for an FBI expert.


Credit Card

Why does credit card information need to be submitted with the online application, if it takes 24-48 hours before an application can be approved?

All members are asked to provide credit card information when an application is submitted so that once an application is approved, the credit card can be assessed and the annual subscription fee paid. Unless an individual pays the annual subscription fee, an individual cannot become a Member.

Can an individual submit their credit card information “after” an application is approved versus when they submit the application?

No, credit card information must be provided when the application is submitted. However, the credit card will “not” be assessed or charged the annual subscription fee until an application has been approved.

Membership Fees

What are Membership fees?

For a complete/full Membership to the Online Directory, the “nonrefundable” Annual Subscription Fee is $99 per year.
For a reduced/discounted Membership, limited only to the assignment/use of an Email address, the “nonrefundable” Annual Subscription Fee is $59 per year.
At any time, a Member can “upgrade” a discounted Membership to a complete/full Membership at a new full subscription price totaling $99 per year, but they cannot “downgrade” a Membership.

Are Membership fees refundable?

No, Membership fees are “not” refundable.

Email Address

How/when is an Email address assigned to an applicant become active for use?

Submitting an application, applicants are instructed to submit a suitable Email address for use in connection with their Membership subscription. As long as the Email address is available, once an application has been approved and the annual subscription fee paid, the Email becomes active with a new Member’s notification membership has been approved.

Directory

Can a Member change and/or update their Contact Information, Skillsets, Profile and/or Picture on the website?

Yes, at any time, Members can change and/or update their Contact Information, Skillsets, Profile and Picture.

Can a Member elect to publish or “not” publish their Profile and/or Picture on the website?

Yes, at any time, Members have the option to publish or “not” publish their Profile and Picture.

What are FBI Skillsets?

FBI Skillsets are areas of expertise as a result of a Member’s employment, experiences, assignments, training and career with the FBI as an AGENT / ANALYST.

Why should a Member list their FBI Skillsets?

Members should list FBI Skillsets because the skillsets are those areas of expertise most often sought after by Law Firms, business consultants, security professional and other interested individuals, including media representatives and journalists seeking information about the FBI, have questions about an ongoing investigation and/or threat assessment and/or want commentary for a media event.

Searches

Who can conduct searches on the website?

Any individual and/or entity looking for information about the FBI, has questions about an ongoing investigation and/or threat assessment, is looking for commentary concerning a media event—looking for an FBI expert—can search the website free of any charge/at no cost.

Does it cost any money to conduct a search—looking for an FBI expert?

No, it does not cost any money to conduct a search—looking for an FBI expert. Interested parties can conduct an “unlimited” amount of searches—looking for an FBI expert—at no cost/free of any charge.

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION [FBI]

Are Members currently employed by the FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, U.S. Department of Justice, and/or the United States Government?

No, Members are “retired” FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS—independent “contractors” and/or “vendors”—with no known current affiliation with the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice, and/or the United States Government, unless they have current credentials, which should be checked, identifying themselves as being under contract with either the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice, and /or the United States Government.