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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

How to Select an FBI Director (Part 1 of 2)

Employing the same technique recommended in my book, How to Select an American President by James A. George with James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing, here is what American citizens might expect from the President and Senate in recruiting and appointing a new FBI Director.

One big difference in this task is that citizen voters don't make the selection directly. They are dependent on the President subject to approval by the Senate.

Still, We the People, are the overseers and both the President and Senators are our instruments. They serve the people and not themselves.

The process is intended to be transparent.

"The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is the head of that agency (FBI) and responsible for its day-to-day operations. The FBI Director is appointed for a single 10-year term by the President and confirmed by the Senate." 

The acting director is Andrew G. McCabe, who assumed office on May 9, 2017, after James Comey was dismissed by President Donald Trump.

FBI Director Job Model (created here)

The concept of operations is that the Director works in concert with the Deputy Director to carry out the mission.

Analyst Note 1: In reviewing the information about the FBI, as an analyst trained in organization performance analysis, the descriptive information is far from clear about the concept of operations and operational architecture in which 35,000 professionals are employed with an annual budget of $8.3 billion.

This moment in history presents a good opportunity to conduct an independent performance audit of the "Bureau" in light of changes in the laws and regulations and lines of accountability that includes oversight by the Congress.

1. Ensures cases and operations are managed correctly

"The FBI today is considered one of the world’s premier security and crime-fighting forces. Reporting to both the attorney general and director of national intelligence, the Bureau has dual responsibilities as a law enforcement and intelligence agency."
Analyst Note 2: This appears problematic with there being too many bosses.

2. Manages the staffing of the leadership in any one of the FBI field offices with qualified agents

3. The Director reports to the Director of National Intelligence, who in turn reports to the President

4. The Director is also supervised by the Attorney General, as the FBI is an agency of the Department of Justice

One of the laws affecting operation is the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

What are the specific tasks of the FBI Director?

Task 1: Protect civil rights

Task 2: Combat transnational/national criminal organizations and 
Subtask 2.1: Protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage
Subtask 2.2: Protect the United States against cyber-based attacks and high-technology crimes

Task 3: Combat major white-collar crime

Task 4: Combat significant violent crime
Subtask 4.1: Protect the United States from terrorist attack
Subtask 4.2: Protect against organized crime and mob violence

Task 5: Combat public corruption at all levels

Consider how the Bureau is organized.

Office of the Director/Deputy Director/Associate Deputy Director
Deputy Associate Deputy Director – Andrew James Castor
Facilities and Logistics Services Division – Richard L. Haley, II
Finance Division – Richard L. Haley, II
Inspection Division – Nancy McNamara
Office of the Chief Information Officer – Gordon Bitko
Office of Congressional Affairs – Gregory Brower
Office of EEO Affairs – Arlene A. Gaylord
Office of the General Counsel – James A. Baker
Office of Integrity and Compliance – Patrick W. Kelley
Office of National Policy – Jonathan Miller
Office of the Ombudsman – Monique A. Bookstein
Office of Partner Engagement – Kerry Sleeper
Office of Private Sector – Brad Brekke
Office of Professional Responsibility – Candice M. Will
Office of Public Affairs – Michael P. Kortan
Records Management Division – Michelle Ann Jupina
Resource Planning Office – Hayden Temin
FBI Headquarters Building at Night
Executive Assistant Directors and Assistant Directors
National Security Branch - Eagle

National Security Branch

Executive Assistant Director – Carl Ghattas
Counterintelligence Division – Bill Priestap
Counterterrorism Division – Bradley “Grant” Mendenhall
High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group – Eli “Sam” Miranda
Terrorist Screening Center – Charles H. Kable, IV
Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate – Robert Allan Jones
National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force
Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch

Executive Assistant Director – Paul Abbate
Criminal Investigative Division – Stephen E. Richardson
Critical Incident Response Group – Gregory D. Cox
Cyber Division – Scott Smith
International Operations Division – Carlos Cases
Office for Victim Assistance – Kathryn Turman
FBI Intelligence Analyst
Intelligence Branch

Executive Assistant Director – Joshua D. Skule
Directorate of Intelligence – John S. Adams
Two Lab Technicians
Science and Technology Branch

Executive Assistant Director – Christopher M. Piehota
Criminal Justice Information Services Division – Stephen L. Morris
Laboratory Division – Christopher Todd Doss
Operational Technology Division – Todd McCall
FBI Agent Works on Laptop in Vehicle
Information and Technology Branch

Executive Assistant Director – James L. Turgal, Jr.
IT Applications and Data Division – Tracey North
IT Enterprise Services Division – Jeremy Wiltz
IT Infrastructure Division – W.L. Scott Bean, III

Human Resources Branch

Executive Assistant Director – Valerie Parlave
Human Resources Division – David Schlendorf
Security Division – Laura A. Bucheit
Training Division – David Resch

If you have specific questions, ask the FBI here:

The question is what do we want to see on the FBI Director candidate's resume?

(Continue to Part 2)

FBI Organization Chart

1 comment:

  1. Additional work is needed to complete the job model. The next step will be to derive skill, knowledge, and experience requirements and to reconcile that with the Senate.