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FBI’s 3 Top Cybersecurity Officials Are Retiring

Scott Smith

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Whatever the reason, three of the FBI’ top cybersecurity officials are retiring from the bureau, the Wall Street Journal reports.

It comes at a time the country is facing unprecedented cyberthreats.

The Journal reports:

Scott Smith, the assistant FBI director who runs the Bureau’s cyber division, is leaving this month. His deputy, Howard Marshall, also left in recent weeks. Mr. Marshall has accepted a job at Accenture , a consulting firm that is expanding its cybersecurity portfolio. Mr. Smith is also expected to move to the private sector.

David Resch, executive assistant director of the FBI’s criminal, cyber, response and services branch, is departing the bureau as well. Mr. Resch, who was named to his senior post by FBI Director Christopher Wray in April, supervised Mr. Smith and Mr. Marshall.

Additionally, Carl Ghattas, executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch, has decided to leave for the private sector. And Jeffrey Tricoli, a senior FBI cyber agent who oversaw a Bureau task force addressing Russian attempts to meddle in U.S. elections,left last month for a senior vice president position at Charles SchwabCorp. , the Journal reported last week.

The FBI confirmed the departures. One U.S. official said more people are expected to leave soon, declining to provide additional names.

 

Secret Service Agent on Trump Detail in Scotland Dies at Age 42

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Secret Service agent Noel E. Remagen died after suffering a stroke while supporting President Donald Trump’s trip to Scotland, CNN reports.

The 42-year-old agent was working on protection for national security adviser John Bolton on the midnight shift when he was found to be unresponsive by colleagues at Trump’s Turnberry resort Saturday night, CNN reports.

He was rushed to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. A Secret Service press release says he passed away on Tuesday.

Remagen is survived by a wife and two small children, and was the son of a retired Secret Service employee.

FBI Announces Moves For Three Headquarter’s Officials to the Field

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James Hendricks (Linkedin photo)

FBI Director Christopher Wray recently announced moves for three officials.

James N. Hendricks has been named special agent in charge of the Albany Field Office. He most recently served as chief of the Countermeasures Operations Section in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI headquarters.

James C. Langenberg has been named special agent in charge of the Albuquerque Field Office. He most recently served as the chief of the External Audits and Compliance Section in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters.

Andrew C. Campi has been named special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division for the New York Field Office. He most recently served as a deputy assistant director in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters.

Robert Allan Jones Now Heads the FBI’s Pittsburgh Office

Robert Allan Jones (FBI photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agent Robert Allan Jones, who was in the Usama Bin Laden Unit, has now been assigned to head up the Pittsburgh Field Office. He most recently served as the assistant director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.

Jones joined the  FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to the Detroit Field Office, Kalamazoo Resident Agency, where he investigated drug, violent crime, while-collar crime and terrorism cases, a press release says.

In 2002, Jones was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Usama Bin Laden Unit of the Counterterrorism Division. He was promoted to chief of the unit in 2003.

In 2004,  Jones served as supervisory senior resident agent in the Buffalo Field Office, Rochester Resident Agency. In 2007, he served a one-year tour in Iraq as the senior FBI liaison to the Joint Special Operations Command. In 2008, Jones was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Cleveland Field Office, where he supervised all intelligence and counterintelligence programs, the release said.

In 2009, Jones was named as legal attaché in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2011, he returned to FBI headquarters as a section chief in the Counterintelligence Division. In 2012, he was named special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office. In 2014, he returned to headquarters as deputy assistant director in the Counterintelligence Division.

 

Rosenstein’s Right-Hand Man At Justice Is Joining Uber

Scott Schools (Linkedin photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Scott Schools, the Justice Department’s highest ranking career official, and a close adviser to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, is joining Uber Technologies Inc., the Wall Street Journal reports.

Schools becomes the company’s first chief compliance officer, as the ride-hailing giant seeks to move past a series of regulatory problems and other controversies ahead of a highly anticipated initial public offering next year, the Journal rights.

Uber is expected to announce the hiring to staff on Tuesday.

School departed the Justice Department last week, an agency that has come under constant attack by President Donald Trump.

Rod Rosenstein Losing His Right Hand Man, Scott Schools

Scott Schools (Linkedin photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Another key figure in the Department of Justice is leaving.

Scott Schools, the senior-most career attorney and a top aide to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, will step down to take a job in the private sector, the department announced this week, according to Business Insider.

Schools is Rosenstein’s main adviser. Before Rosenstein, he was an aide to former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Schools is regularly briefed on the Mueller probe.

The article doesn’t provide a reason for the departure beyond taking a job in the private sector.

But it can’t be easy working in today’s Justice Department under the Trump administration.

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Deputy White House Counsel Uttam Dhillon Expected to Head DEA

Uttam Dhillon (Linkedin photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The musical chairs continues at the DEA.

Uttam Dhillon,  deputy White House counsel, is expected to be named the next interim head of the DEA, replacing  Robert W. Patterson, who  announced last month he was leaving the agency after a 30-year DEA career, the Washington Post reports.

The agency has a long history of keeping interim heads for years without being confirmed.

Dhillon has played a key role in internal discussions surrounding the firing of FBI director James B. Comey and the special counsel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election,  the Post writes.

FBI Announces New Assignments for 4 Officials

Robert Johnson (FBI photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI, which has come under increased attack following the release of the Inspector General’s report, continues to make changes in management.

Changes include:

  • Robert Allan Jones has been named special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh Field Office. Jones most recently served as the assistant director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.
  • Donald Alway has been named assistant director for the FBI’s Training Division. Alway most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Training Division.
  • Terry Wade has been named assistant director of the FBI’s Inspection Division. Wade most recently served as the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office.
  •  Robert Johnson has been named assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. Johnson most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh Field Office.
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