The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Monitoring of Mail for High-Risk Inmates

Evaluation and Inspections Report I-2006-009
September 2006
Office of the Inspector General

Appendix II
Job Duties of SIS Positions

Position Major Job Duties

Special Investigative Agent (GS-12)

  • Acts as lead investigator in SIS operations,
  • Supervises daily activities of SIS office:
    • Investigations of staff misconduct, criminal or administrative
    • Investigations of inmate misconduct, administrative or criminal
    • Phone monitoring
    • Mail monitoring
    • Intelligence gathering
    • Security threat analyses
    • Urinalysis testing
  • Serves as law enforcement liaison for the institution
  • Serves as intelligence officer for the institution (in the absence of an Intelligence Operations Officer)
  • Provides staff training in investigative issues, crime scenes, high-risk inmates
  • Maintains Administrative files on:
  • Staff
  • High-risk inmates
  • Use of force

SIS Lieutenant

  • In the absence of an Special Investigative Agent, serves as lead investigator in SIS operations and assumes all the duties as listed under the Special Investigative Agent above
  • Where a Special Investigative Agent is assigned, serves as the subordinate Lieutenant to the Special Investigative Agent

SIS Technician

  • Serves as assistant to the Special Investigative Agent or SIS Lieutenant
  • Provides assistance during investigations, developing reports, preparing correspondence, maintaining evidence, and computer support
  • Assists in case preparation for presentation to the Disciplinary Hearing Officer, Office of Inspections, or the U.S. Attorney for possible prosecution
  • Loads, manages, and maintains advanced computer database systems and conducts computer searches within databases; trains SIS staff in operation of computer databases systems
  • Publishes automated computer reports
  • Performs standard and evidence photography, and maintains evidence files
  • Aids in evidence testing, handling, labeling, packaging and submission to federal crime labs
  • Serves as drug testing coordinator for inmate population

Intelligence Operations Officer (GS-12) *

* Reports directly to the Intelligence Officer at the BOP Central Office, Washington, D.C., and works closely with the Captain of the assigned institution

Located only in select metropolitan areas at MDCs, MCCs and similar facilities

  • Actively serves as the agency liaison with all local Federal law enforcement task force operations, such as the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and others which are engaged in operations that could provide meaningful intelligence information regarding offenders in BOP custody
  • In the capacity of team leader:
    • serves as the corrections expert in inmate activities within the institution
    • manages the local intelligence collection and dissemination plan
    • conducts databases research for task force dissemination and other law enforcement agencies
    • assists with criminal investigations
    • provides meaningful intelligence information regarding offenders already in BOP custody or projected as entering BOP custody in the future
  • Actively gathers intelligence regarding the identity of individual high-risk inmates entering custody
  • Obtains law enforcement documents on inmates pending indictment or in BOP custody. Particular attention is given to high-risk inmates.
  • Serves as subject matter expert for specific high-risk inmates in assigned geographic area; conducts detailed intelligence debriefs of high-risk inmates wishing to “drop out” of gangs – or provides interview strategies and background intelligence to those conducting the interview
  • Provides gang seminars and training on high-risk inmates

Telephone Monitor

  • Responsible for maintaining security of institution
  • Regularly performs as a law enforcement officer during specifically appointed times
  • Will provide the Special Investigative Agent with gathered intelligence retrieved from the Inmate Telephone System
  • Information involving drug trafficking, involvement in other illicit activities, and linked communications relative to inappropriate behavior will be monitored on a daily basis
  • Responsible for maintaining information gathered from the remote listening sites (towers), analyzing this information, providing follow-up, and determining its content. Any information obtained will be reported to Special Investigative Agent/SIS
  • Responsible for identifying inmates who are making excessive telephone calls. Identification of the telephone number called, any other inmate using the telephone number, and if an inmate has been identified as making an excessive number of calls
  • Responsible for researching inmate’s assigned schedule, and if the inmate is using the telephone system when he is assigned to be at work, reporting this to the Special Investigative Agent/SIS
  • Responsible for maintaining profiles on specific high-risk inmates.
  • Responsible for assisting the Special Investigative Agent/SIS in referring criminal cases to the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Secret Service, or similar law enforcement agency
  • Assists the Special Investigative Agent/SIS during the investigation of complex criminal investigations
  • Assists the Special Investigative Agent/SIS in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating strategic intelligence as it is related to high-risk inmates
  • Assists in conducting counterintelligence operations
  • Responsible for information and intelligence exchange with other institutions
  • Must be familiar with BOP Program Statements, manuals, and general principles of investigation

Intelligence Research Specialist

  • Assigned only in select metropolitan areas and serves as a member of a team led by the Intelligence Operations Officer (IO)
  • Serves as the link between the IO and local institution staff to gather/share raw information and intelligence derived from the assigned IO’s collection activities into intelligence databases, summaries, briefing papers, threat assessments, training materials, and similar intelligence products for BOP-wide use
  • As a member of the intelligence team:
    • serves as a corrections expert on inmate activities within the institution
    • conducts BOP database research for task forces and other agencies
    • assists with criminal investigations
    • provides meaningful intelligence information regarding offenders already in BOP custody or projected as entering BOP custody in the future
  • Performs analysis of materials obtained by the IO as well as other documents (such as indictments, arrest warrant affidavits, sentencing memoranda, pretrial detention reports, and similar sensitive original source law enforcement documentation) regarding inmates pending indictment, or already being held in BOP custody to use for operational intelligence purposes and for intelligence forecasting. Also directly collects “open source” materials from the press, broadcast media, internet, and similar sources which will aid in the analysis of issues of security concern to the BOP
  • Assists in developing interdiction strategies to include telephone monitoring strategies, work assignments, housing, and special accountability controls
  • Assist the IO in coordinating the release and sharing of BOP intelligence with law enforcement agencies
  • Is the alternate BOP Subject Matter expert for specific high-risk inmates home based in the assigned BOP geographical area
  • Assists in providing training

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