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Homeland Security Deputy Secretary to Step Down to Join Private Sector

Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas

By Steve Neavling

Alejandro Mayorkas is stepping down as deputy secretary of Homeland Security after accepting a job in the private sector.

Mayorkas served as the No. 2 at Home Security for the past there years and will step down on Oct. 28, Federal News Radio reports. 

He will join Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

“I began my government service as a federal prosecutor, a position I held for nearly twelve years, and I have been a member of our department for nearly seven years,” Mayorkas said in a staff email. “I have cherished every moment of public service. Thank you for making it so.”

In a press release, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Mayorkas was an effective leader.

“Over the last 34 months, Ali has spearheaded much of our Unity of Effort campaign and employee engagement initiatives, and has taken a leading role on issues ranging from immigration to cybersecurity,” said Johnson in the statement. “His legacy as deputy secretary will be the number of things we did to improve how this department functions, and the significant increase in employee satisfaction we saw this year as a result. We are all grateful for Ali’s many contributions.”

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New Special Agent in Charge of San Fransisco Division Played Key Role in iPhone Hack

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling

Just two months before Jack Bennett became special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco division in May, the 52-year-old played a key role in accessing the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.

Bennet was working at the FBI’s computer investigation lab in Quantico, Va., when the bureau received help from an outside company to hack into the iPhone, the Associated Press reports. 

“There wasn’t high fives, and there weren’t people singing down the hallways,” he recalled. “It was very much business. ‘OK, let’s move forward to the next steps. Let’s get on the phone. What do we need to do to purchase the tool?'”

Bennett, who has nearly 30 years of experience in law enforcement, has battled drug smuggling operations for the DEA before tackling child sex crimes and animal rights extremists for the FBI.

“The U.S. government sometimes loses sight of what is important to corporations … and privacy is incredibly important,” Bennett said during a recent interview at his office.

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Veteran FBI Agent John F. Good, Who Oversaw ABSCAM Scandal, Has Died

FBI Abscam tape

FBI Abscam tape

By Steve Neavling

Veteran FBI agent John F. Good, who was integral to uncovering the ABSCAM scandal that brought down six House members, a U.S. senator and 12 others in the 1970s, has died.

Good was 80 and died Wednesday at his Island Park home, Newsday reports. 

Good oversaw the ABSCAM anti-corruption operation that was depicted in the film, “American Hustle.”

Good’s brother confirmed the death.

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Gordon Johnson, a 21-Year-Veteran of the FBI, Takes Helm at Bureau’s Baltimore Division

FBI's Baltimore Division.

FBI’s Baltimore Division.

By Steve Neavling

Gordon Johnson, who has worked with the FBI since 1995, has been named special agent in charge of the Baltimore Division.

FBI Director James B. Comey announced the appointment this month of Johnson, who most recently served as deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters.

Gary Johnson

After entering the FBI in 1995, Johnson was first assigned to the New York Field Office, investigating national security issues.

Johnson has held numerous leadership positions, including in the Counterintelligence Division and Baltimore Division, a senior representative to the U.S. Cyber Command at the NSA, as special assistant to the FBI’s associate deputy director and as the acting special agent in charge of the Norfolk Division.

The FBI said Johnson will take the helm in Baltimore at the beginning of October.

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FBI Appoints New Leaders in Columbia and Atlanta Offices

David LeValley (Linkedin photo)

David LeValley (Linkedin photo)

By Allan Lengel

New special agents in charge have been appointed in the FBI’s  Columbia, S.C. and Atlanta offices, the bureau announced this week.

David LeValley, who has been the special agent of  the Criminal Division of the Washington Field Office, has been named head of the Atlanta office. He’ll assume that post in November.

LeValley jointed the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to the New York Field Office, where he investigated Colombian and Caribbean drug trafficking and money laundering violations on a joint task force with the New York City Police Department, a press release said.

While at FBI Headquarters, LeValley helped establish the FBI’s Mara-Salvatrucha-13 (MS-13) National Gang Task Force.

Alphonso “Jody” Norris, chief of the executive development and selection program in the Human Resources Division at FBI Headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Columbia Division. He’ll begin the new job at the end of October.

Norris joined the FBI in 1990 and was first assigned to the Houston Division, where he investigated public corruption, large-scale bank failures, health care fraud, and civil rights matters, a press release said.

Norris has held leadership positions in the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, Tampa Division, Human Resources Division, and Charlotte Division.

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FBI’s Las Vegas Division Gets New Special Agent in Charge

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling

The FBI’s Las Vegas division has a new special agent in charge.

Aaron Rouse, who has more than 20 years experience with the bureau, took the helm on Monday.

Rouse most recently served as section chief in the FBI’s headquarters counterintelligence division.

He replaced Laura Bucheit, who left in July after being promoted to security division assistant director to FBI Director James Comey.

Rouse served in a violent crime unit and a joint fugitive task force in the Washington field office.

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FBI Appoints New Special Agent-in-Charge of Norfolk Field Office

Martin Culbreth

Martin Culbreth

By Steve Neavling

The FBI’s Hampton Roads region has a new leader, the bureau announced Monday.

The new special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office is Martin Culbreth, who recently served at FBI headquarters as the section chief for the bureau’s strategic information and operations center.

Culbreth will take the helm at the end of October and will replace John S. Adams, who led the Hampton Roads operations since February 2015.

Adams was promoted to the position of assistant director of the directorate of intelligent in Washington, D.C.

Culbreth’s career with the FBI began in 1995, when he was assigned to the Washington Field Office.

“He worked primarily counterintelligence and public corruption matters,” the FBI said in a statement announcing Culbreth’s appointment.

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Retired FBI Assistant Director Lands Job at Nonprofit in Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

By Steve Neavling

Jorge Garcia, who recently retired as an assistant director over Directorate of Intelligence with the FBI, will join a nonprofit that is focused on economic development in Huntsville, Alabama. reports that Garcia will be the organization’s executive director.

Garcia also served as the the director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center in Quantico, Va.

“Mr. Garcia has proven to be an outstanding member of the GEOHuntsville board of directors, and we look forward to his leadership as executive director,” Mayor Tommy Battle said.

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