"The Squirrels" is the Laundry internal nickname for the Department of Records and Information Support’s Open Source Research & Information Committee (DRIS/OSRIC), which isn’t a committee at all but a long-standing permanent office that uses public records and other “open sources” to compile research dossiers on pretty much any subject imaginable. Almost any officer in the organization may be seconded to OSRIC, which will usually involve writing tedious term-papers on obscure subjects in a tearing hurry – and will occasionally require that the Squirrels dig up the one crucial fact that may save the world. No pressure, either way.

A “squirrel job” or a “squirrel team” usually precedes any proposed operation, unless it’s a “developing situation”, in which case the cost of an urgent, rush job will be assigned to your mission budget.

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