WASHINGTON — FBI inspectors who evaluated the domestic terrorism program in the bureau's Washington field office two years ago gave it a "failing grade," meaning it was considered both ineffective and inefficient, two former FBI officials familiar with the matter tell NBC News.
Washington, D.C. is considered the top domestic terror target in the country, and the FBI's Inspection Division sent a team to evaluate how the D.C. field office's domestic terrorism programs were working.
FBI inspection reports are generally not made public.
"They saw a big need for improvement," said a third former FBI official briefed on the matter.
Domestic terrorism was ranked as a low priority in the FBI compared to international terrorism, the former official said, which meant that it did not always attract the most aggressive agents.
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