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Lawmakers pad FBI cyber schooling funds

Congress will pay the FBI an additional $18.6 million to better investigate computer hacking cases, following a federal study that found a third of bureau agents probing breaches significant to national security lacked the necessary networking and counterintelligence skills.

A spending package passed Nov. 17 to fund many federal agencies through September 2012 includes President Obama’s full request for $166.5 million to tackle computer crimes, an 11.2 percent increase over last year’s appropriations. The bureau must use the money to hire an additional 42 computer security professionals, including 14 special agents, according to areport accompanying the legislation.

This spring, a Justice Department inspector general reported that 36 percent of FBI field agents on national security-related cases felt they did not possess the expertise to do their jobs.

via Nextgov, continued here.