Abbott began his career as a special agent with the FBI in 1987 at the Washington Field Office where he worked on a variety foreign counterintelligence and international terrorism matters.
He was also a part of the FBI’s first Cold Case Homicide Task Force, which partnered with the D.C. Police, an FBI press release said.
In 1997, he was assigned to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters.
In 2000, he was named an assistant legal attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
In 2005, he transferred to the El Paso Division to supervise the public corruption squad.
Three years later, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge over the division’s Criminal and Administrative Programs. .
In March 2012, he was appointed chief of the Global Operations Sections in the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, the press release said. He then was named acting deputy assistant director of the Information Services Branch of the division.