The budget request will not be used to hire any new staffers on top of the 39 staffers (including 11 agents), but will be used to "develop and acquire tools for electronic device analysis, cryptanalytic capability, and forensic tools."
In other words: the feds want access to your encrypted communications, and it's willing to throw money at doing exactly that.
According to the document, the additional funding will "counter the threat of Going Dark, which includes the inability to access data because of challenges related to encryption, mobility, anonymization, and more."
The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment asking what exactly the combined $69.3 million on anti-encryption efforts would entail.
The FBI is known to buy exploits from private intelligence companies, like the Milan, Italy-based Hacking Team, which last year was hit by hackers who leaked documents detailing the company's work and global government partners.
Comey's anti-encryption rhetoric intensified after Apple rolled out encryption in its iPhones and iPads in iOS 8, thought to be in response to claims in documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden that said Apple was a participant in the notorious PRISM surveillance program. In doing so, Apple put encryption in the hands of its users, cutting even itself out of the loop, which riled the FBI which would regularly ask for the company's help in unlocking criminals' phones.
The bump in funding comes as the agency continues to realign its efforts to keep ahead of the technological curve.
The document also said the agency would spend an additional $85.1 million on its cyber offensive and defensive operation.
"The FBI will obtain updated and sophisticated IT hardware, IT software, and contractors to expand the foundation of its offensive and defensive operations," the report said.