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Meet the New Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

 It created a buzz in D.C. before the announcement.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced his intention to name Julia A. Pierson as the 23rd Director of the U.S. Secret Service and the first woman to head the agency.

The following is a press release that was posted on the Secret Service website:

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to name Julia A. Pierson as the 23rd Director of the United States Secret Service.

Julia Pierson is a career law enforcement executive with more than 30 years of experience with the United States Secret Service. Ms. Pierson’s extensive knowledge of agency stems from her leadership of high impact initiatives in both aspects of its core mission of protection and investigations along with her skills in strategic planning, risk management, human capital management, program management and budget development and execution. Over the past year, Ms. Pierson led the organization’s efforts to enhance professionalism throughout the workforce by representing the Secret Service on a working group of senior level executives. Since assuming the role of Chief of Staff in 2008, her responsibilities included overseeing the Secret Service’s complex information technology and business process modernization efforts.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Pierson served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Human Resources and Training (HRT). In that position, Ms. Pierson was responsible for overseeing all human resource and training programs for the Secret Service. Ms. Pierson oversaw organizational policy development and strategic management of the agency’s Workforce Planning Programs, Personnel Division, Security Clearance Division and the James J. Rowley Training Center basic and operational training programs.

Ms. Pierson also served as Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Protective Operations, where she was responsible for daily security operations, workforce readiness and strategic planning to support the Presidential and Vice Presidential Protective Divisions, Dignitary Protective Division, as well as National Special Security Events and Presidential Campaign activities. Beyond her operational experience, Ms. Pierson served as the Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Administration, where she oversaw the agency’s budget and all administrative operations including strategic planning, budgeting, finance, procurement, and property management activities.

Ms. Pierson served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Tampa Field Office and was responsible for directing Secret Service investigative and protective activities in western Florida. Ms. Pierson established an Electronic Crimes Task Force to investigate cyber crimes in the Tampa Bay area.

Ms. Pierson is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and has completed graduate course studies in public policy at The George Washington University. She has been a member of the federal Senior Executive Service (SES) since 2003 and was the recipient of an SES Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award in 2008. A long time proponent of law enforcement officers and their families, Ms. Pierson has been actively involved in supporting the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS). A native of Orlando, Florida, Ms. Pierson began her career in the Secret Service as a special agent assigned to the Miami and Orlando field offices. Prior to joining the Secret Service, Ms. Pierson served as a police officer in Orlando, Florida.

Deirdre L. Fike to Head Up FBI’s Anchorage Division

Deirdre Fike/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Deirdre L. Fike, who most recently was an inspector for the Inspection Division at headquarters, has been assigned to head up the FBI’s Anchorage Division.

Fike began her FBI career in 1989 and was first assigned to Louisville, where she investigated violent crimes and served as a crisis negotiator and a coordinator for the Behavioral Analysis Unit.

In 1997, she headed west to the Omaha Division to investigate white-collar crime, while focusing on health care fraud on the Nebraska Health Care Fraud Task Force.

In 2002, she was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Office of Professional Responsibility at headquarters in D.C.

In 2004, she became a supervisory special agent in the Sacramento Division with oversight of the White-Collar Crime Program.

In 2011, she returned to the mothership to work in the Inspection Division.

 

Border Patrol Agent Arrested After Failing to Report Big Cash Deposits

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been arrested on allegations of avoiding federal reporting requirements when he deposited more than $61,000 in cash, the Associated Press reports.

Raimundo Borjas is on leaving pending an investigation.

Authorities said most of the money was in $100 bills and was frayed and dirty.

Borjas has been a Border Patrol agent since 2003, the AP wrote.

Violent Street Gang Busted for Allegedly Controlling Drug Trade in Atlantic City

fbi file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Authorities arrested 25 people Tuesday tied to a violent street gang accused of using force and threats to control the drug trade in Atlantic City,  the FBI announced.

The FBI said the arrests are a “significant blow” to the gang known as “Dirty Block” or “Crime Fam.”

The gang is accused of controlling land in Atlantic City that includes numerous public housing complexes.

“The defendants in this case created an atmosphere of fear and presented real danger to the people who shared their Atlantic City neighborhood,” U.S. Attorney Paul J.  Fishman said. “And they did it so that they could prosper from selling illegal drugs. The law-abiding people of New Jersey—whether they live in the suburbs, on a farm, or in the oldest housing project in New Jersey—deserve to have neighborhoods that are safe places to walk and raise their families. I really hope that today’s arrests will give them that chance.”

Health Officials Ask FBI to Investigate Disappearance of Vial of Deadly Venezuelan Virus

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging the FBI to investigate the disappearance of a deadly Venezuelan virus from a bio lab in Texas, ABC World News reports.

“CDC reported the incident to the FBI and we understand that the FBI will initiate an investigation concerning the reported incident,” Dr. Rob Weyant, director of the CDC’s Division of Select Agents and Toxins, told ABCNews.com in an email. “Since the investigation is just underway, the agency will not comment further regarding details of this incident.”

The Galveston National Laboratory, which was built with strict security measures, realized the vial was missing March 21, ABC News reported.

A spokesman for the University of Texas Medical Branch told ABC News that only one scientist was working with the virus and may have thrown it out.

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Use of Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Citing an Unreasonable Search

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police who use drug-sniffing dogs outside of homes to detect crimes without a warrant are violating the ban on unreasonable searches, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday, the New York Times reports.

In this case, a police dog detected the odor of marijuana outside a Florida house, and authorities used the retriever’s signal to obtain a search warrant.

The Supreme Court ruled that the dog amounted to an unreasonable search barred by the Fourth Amendment. “To find a visitor knocking on the door is routine (even if sometimes unwelcome),” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote. “To spot that same visitor exploring the front porch with a metal detector, or marching his bloodhound into the garden before saying hello and asking permission, would inspire most of us to — well, call the police.”

FBI Investigates Suspicious Death of Woman Aboard Cruise Ship; Autopsy Underway

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has classified as suspicious the cause of death of a 62-year-old Virginia woman found dead aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, the Washington Post reports.

Authorities said the woman’s husband found the body. 

FBI agents boarded the ship Monday during its scheduled return to Baltimore, the Washington Post reported.

An FBI spokesman wouldn’t say whether the unidentified woman had suffered any trauma.

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