FBI May Loosen Hiring Policy on Marijuana Use

Congress has authorized 2,000 new hires for the FBI, and the FBI will be filling many of the positions with computer programmers and hackers in its fight against cybercrime. The problem, according to FBI Director James Comey, speaking yesterday at a white collar crime conference:

“I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” Mr. Comey said.

Up until now, the FBI has asked applicants whether they have used marijuana within the past three years. Comey says the agency is changing "its mindset and the way we do business" and working more outside the box:

One conference goer asked Mr. Comey about a friend who had shied away from applying because of the policy. “He should go ahead and apply,” despite the marijuana use, Mr. Comey said.

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    Too funny... (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by kdog on Tue May 20, 2014 at 01:59:57 PM EST
    I told y'all drug screening and job discrimination against users deprives companies of valuable talent...but I never expected the FBI to agree with me!  

    Don't you wonder if there is (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Tue May 20, 2014 at 02:52:07 PM EST
    data showing computer hackers' frequency of ingestion of MJ in comparison to similarly situated non-hackers??

    Not really...;) (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Tue May 20, 2014 at 03:24:54 PM EST
    But if I had to guess, probably just a tick higher than the general non-hacking population...only because it must be boring as hell to stare at code all day, and marijuana can make even the most mundane activity more interesting.  Or at least bearable.