Many thanks to Elkhorn Hills UMC Adult Education Committee Chairperson Bonnita Sherburne for organizing a FANTASTIC tour of the FBI! Twenty-seven EHUMC members participated on this tour on Thursday, July 20th.
After our background checks were complete and we were processed through security, we were escorted through the building by three employees. A short presentation was provided by an FBI Special Agent about employment with the FBI and an overview of what they do.
Following the tour, most of the group headed to Spaghetti Works for a delicious lunch.
FBI Building: Omaha Division
In October, 2009, a new FBI field office was dedicated in honor of the late Nebraska Governor and U.S. Senator, J. James “Jim” Exon. It is a highly-secure and technologically-enhanced green building, reinforcing the FBI’s commitment to sustainability. “This particular project represents more than just a new office building for the people of Omaha. It is a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facility that meets the important needs of the FBI,” said Michael Brincks, Acting Regional Administrator for the GSA.
The new FBI building has received a gold rating in the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Its interior spaces are designed to promote and enhance worker comfort, health and productivity. Office portions of the building include an atrium to add interior interest and create an open-light well.
In addition, the building has aluminum sun screens to aid in proper heat gain and shading for optimal worker comfort. Legislation passed in 2008 honors Exon as the building’s namesake. Exon served as Governor from 1971 to 1979 and as U.S. Senator from 1979 to 1997.
About the FBI
Information about the FBI can be found at this FBI FAQ link.
The FBI is an intelligence-driven and threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities.
The mission of the FBI is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.
On July 26, 1908, Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte appointed an unnamed force of special agents to be the investigative force of the Department of Justice. The FBI evolved from this small group. See our History website for more information.