Employment: FBI May Revise Hiring Rules for Former Marijuana and Other Drug Users 10/14/05

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The Associated Press reported Saturday that the FBI is considering loosening its rules about hiring employees with a history of marijuana use. Under current rules, the FBI cannot hire anyone who has used marijuana within the past three years or more than 15 times in their lives. The personnel policy also bans hiring anyone who has used other illegal drugs in the past 10 years or more than five times in their lives.

According to AP, some FBI managers are frustrated that the rules block them from hiring applicants who admitted to occasional use in college. In some cases, these persons are already performing top-secret work for other government agencies.

These officials want to loosen limits on past drug use for applicants for jobs such as intelligence analysts, linguists, computer specialists, and accountants. The rules would not be eased for FBI special agents, and the proposal would continue to ban people who currently use drugs.

"We can't say when or if this is going to happen, but we are exploring the possibility," spokesman Stephen Kodak told the AP. The final decision is in the hands of FBI Director Robert Mueller.

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