Robert Swan Mueller III
1990 – 1993
United States Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division
1998 – 2001
United States Attorney, Northern District of CA
January, 2001 – May, 2001
United States Deputy Attorney General (Acting)
September 4, 2001 – September 4, 2013
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
JUN 9, 2005 FBI CIO: Case management efforts moving forward COMPUTER WORLD
The FBI has met about 80% of its case management goals, including a case management database, even though it scrapped a four-year IT project in March (see story), the agency’s CIO said yesterday.
The FBI spent about $104 million on its Virtual Case File (VCF) effort, which was budgeted for $170 million, before the agency identified hundreds of problems with the project and scrapped it. VCF was supposed to allow FBI employees to more quickly share data about cases in progress, including terrorism investigations, and to help FBI agents around the country better search documents and connect leads coming from diverse sources.
But CIO Zalmai Azmi said that even though the troubled initiative was discontinued, the FBI now has many of the capabilities envisioned for VCF. The FBI has deployed three case management networks for handling information of varying sensitivity, rolled out 60,000 computers and tied together 60% of its old case data in a database called Investigative Data Warehouse, Azmi said during a news conference. That 60% includes all data related to terrorism investigations.
Despite news reports of anonymous FBI officials saying VCF was mostly a waste of money, Azmi said the agency “learned a lot” from the project, which was awarded to Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC). Asked how much value the FBI received from the VCF spending, Azmi said he could not put a dollar figure on it. But the project’s $170 million budget was inadequate, he said, because it didn’t include money for needs such as worker training, maintenance and disaster recovery.
JUL 26, 2006 FBI Announces Restructuring FBI
Director Robert S. Mueller announced structural changes to support the next phase of the FBI’s transformation efforts. “The initial phase of our post-9/11 transformation was our immediate response to the new terrorist threat. The next phase focused on developing enhanced intelligence capabilities.”
“Today we are aligning our organization to better support our priorities. This includes a strategic approach to human resources, IT, science and technology, facilities, and budget. This last phase is about institutionalizing the changes we have made to date, and building a foundation to support us into the future.”
The FBI began a huge transformation after 9/11. The Bureau’s leadership shifted their focus from fighting conventional crime to fighting terrorism. Director Robert Mueller, describes the structural change as three phases.
Phase 1: The immediate response to 9/11, which included the investigation, establishment of new priorities and the shift toward countering terrorism.
Phase 2: Developed enhanced intelligence capabilities, including the creation of the Directorate of Intelligence and doubled the number of intelligence analysts.
Phase 3: Institutionalizing the changes made to date by altering the command structure to meet the demands of our increased pace of operations and build the foundation for the future.
In July, 2006, Mueller publicly announced the FBI’s advance into the final phase.
JUL 26, 2006 Mueller: FBI Restructuring Will Improve ‘Business Side’ FOX NEWS
FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday detailed the next steps of his organization’s restructuring — ongoing since the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — including a new business-side position and a weapons of mass destruction division. Mueller said the new changes will be good for both the function of the agency and its finances. “We are better able to have leadership from the top down. … We can align our personnel and our budget,” Mueller told reporters during a briefing at Justice Department headquarters. The changes are the latest in a series that began with the immediate restructuring after Sept. 11 of the domestic intelligence bureau to respond to terror threats and the founding of the bureau’s intelligence-gathering program.
Part of the so-called “Phase 3” changes will include a new position that Mueller said is aimed at maintaining the “business side of the house” of the agency. That position will be filled by new Associate Deputy Director John Ford, who will be in charge of personnel, budget, administration and infrastructure capabilities. Mueller appointed Ford, a career FBI employee, to the position on Tuesday. The new post is meant to give Mueller and Deputy Director John Pistole more time to deal with “programmatic” issues. Mueller said that terror is still a problem for this country. While the command structure of Al Qaeda, the terror network that was operating inside the United States before the 2001 attacks, has been damaged by domestic efforts since the initial reorganization, it is still capable of attacking within U.S. borders, he said.
AUG 30, 2006 FBI’s New Data Warehouse A Powerhouse CBS NEWS
It’s been five years since 9/11 — and since then, the FBI has done a lot of expensive work to upgrade its troubled computer systems.
For the first time, nearly all FBI employees have access to the Internet. Sure, it has taken five years for the FBI to get as high-tech as most high school libraries, but the bureau has accomplished that and a lot more in a short period of time, according to senior FBI officials who briefed reporters for the five-year anniversary of the attacks.
The FBI has been plagued by missteps in upgrading its computers for the past five years but according to officials, they have a system, never before publicly demonstrated, that connects the dots in its fight in the war on terrorism.
Called the Investigative Data Warehouse (IDW) computer system, they describe it as “one-stop shopping” for FBI agents. Imagine it as a Google search engine for more than 650 million records. One person even called it “uber-Google.”
An FBI agent anywhere in the world can type in any information, such as “Mohammed Atta” and “student pilot,” and within five seconds, thousands of documents, FBI cables, memos, analytical reports and case information, with those search terms will appear on the screen. IDW has been online since early 2004, and agents say it works like a charm.
After 9/11, the FBI was faulted for not having any computer ability to connect the dots. There was no system in place that allowed an agent to share information with other offices or departments within the FBI.
Infamously, a memo about students at flight schools having ties to al Qaeda, written by an agent in Phoenix two months before 9/11, was never able to be seen by Minneapolis FBI agents. Minneapolis agents grew concerned about that threat after a flying instructor alerted them to a suspicious man taking flying lessons. Critics claim that if the FBI had been able to link al Qaeda foot soldier Zacarias Moussaoui’s flying lesson in August 2001 to the Phoenix memo, 9/11 might have been prevented.
IDW is also very fast. An agent who has to run a search of a thousand names of potential suspects, for example, can now do so in 30 minutes, even with all variations of names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. That same search, through the once-separate 18 databases, used to take 32,000 hours.
The system is also set up so that variations in names and dates, which differ from agency to agency, and country to country, can be searched easily. This means that leaving off the “19” in a year of birth, for example, won’t keep the FBI from missing a huge lead.
Zal Azmi, the FBI’s chief information officer, described IDW as the central database in the FBI’s information-sharing approach in the post-9/11 world. The system is connected to the National Counterterrorism Center and to databases of the Department of Homeland Security, the CIA, the NSA and the Pentagon.
Those agencies now have to send data to the FBI, but within two years, FBI agents will be able to search those complete databases instantly. The FBI system is also connected to foreign law enforcement partners in Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Beyond the new system, common-sense solutions have been made in the FBI’s computer capabilities. Prior to 9/11, not a single FBI agent had Internet access, now most do.
Also, before 9/11, each of the FBI’s 18 divisions had its own computer system and even its own make and model of desktop computers — and many of those were old computers, nearly obsolete. Now, computers and systems are standardized around the world for the FBI. Azmi said that 3,300 computers had been deployed to access secure systems. Prior to 9/11, top-secret cables from around the world and other agencies had to be printed out and hand-delivered to agents and supervisors of terrorism cases. Those cables now come right into their computers.
Also, the BlackBerry has made its way into the FBI’s hands; most senior agents have the simple tool. Under the new system, an FBI agent on a stakeout of a suspect anywhere in the country will be able to search motor vehicle licenses, registrations and terrorist watch lists, and send pictures and information from their BlackBerrys to agents anywhere in the world. The system is being tested in Washington and New York.
While the bureau says it has made huge strides, agents still lack the system that they call Sentinel — a system to manage its active investigations. When up and running, Sentinel will provide more current case information, audio, video, pictures and multimedia into the IDW system. Sentinel is still three years away, and its development has been troublesome. Previous versions, called Trilogy and the Virtual Case File, had taken years to develop, cost over $170 million and ended up fruitless endeavors.
After years of struggling at information-sharing and processing, the FBI has finally gotten on the right track and finally gotten a comprehensive, effective and efficient computer system that, in the words of one senior FBI agent, “makes our jobs easier.”
JUL 27, 2006 A Redeployment at a Realigned FBI LA TIMES
WASHINGTON — The FBI broke with one of its most storied traditions Wednesday, announcing changes in its top management that, rather than elevating onetime agents, tapped officials with extensive experience outside of the bureau for several key positions.
Former officials of BP, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the CIA are named to lead branches as the bureau shifts its focus from crime to terrorism. – The changes leave FBI careerists in charge of the bureau’s criminal and intelligence branches. Mueller also named a longtime agent to fill a new position of associate deputy director, but he created three positions that he filled with bureau employees who made their mark elsewhere:
Donald E. Packham, a former BP senior executive, will oversee human resources and training.
Kerry E. Haynes, a former CIA director of technical collection, was picked to run a new science and technology branch.
Chief Information Officer Zalmai Azmi, whose resume includes a stint as a project manager at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was given expanded duties in his role overseeing the bureau’s computer operations.
Vahid Majidi, a scientist formerly at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, would take command of the newly established weapons of mass destruction division.
Assistant Director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Division (2006-2012)
Chief Information Officer (2003-2008)
Head of Human Resources (2005-2010)
Associate Deputy Director
Chief Financial Officer
Executive Assistant Director (EAD) of the National Security Branch (NSB)
Executive Assistant Director, Criminal Branch
Kerry E. Haynes
Head of Science and Technology (S&T) Branch
AUG 14, 2006 G-MAN WITH WMD PLAN – IRANIAN-BORN CHEMIST NOW FBI HONCHO NEW YORK POST
WASHINGTON – The FBI has turned to an Iranian-born chemist – who fled the fanatical Islamic revolution there in 1979 – to head a new unit devoted to stopping weapons of mass destruction aimed at the United States.
FBI Director Robert Mueller’s appointment of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Vahid Majidi to head the newly created directorate on WMDs is a break from the bureau’s tradition of promoting from within. Majidi, 44, declined to give The Post his opinions on the furor over Iran’s nuclear program, saying his focus will be on a wide variety of threats and would not be on a specific country or program. He has a simple mission: “Our priority is to stop use of weapons of mass destruction. We do not want them to be used in the U.S.”
Born in Tehran, he moved with his brother to Urbana, Ill., in 1979 when he was a high-school senior, because his parents feared the fall of the shah and the ayatollahs’ takeover would lead to university closures and a military draft.
WMD experts say Majidi’s appointment should be welcome inside the bureau. “The bureau has a lot of resources and expertise, but they don’t have a lot of people with degrees in chemistry or nuclear physics. They need people who can tell, for example, if there’s been a complaint that a foreigner is buying a beer fermenter, whether it’s a weapons-of-mass-destruction problem, or it’s just someone trying to buy a beer fermenter,” said Ivan Oelrich of the Federation of American Scientists.
FEB 14, 2011 FBI: 100 Percent Chance of WMD Attack NEWSMAX
The probability that the U.S. will be hit with a weapons of mass destruction attack at some point is 100 percent, Dr. Vahid Majidi, the FBI’s assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, tells Newsmax. Such an attack could be launched by foreign terrorists, lone wolves who are terrorists, or even by criminal elements, Majidi says. It would most likely employ chemical, biological, or radiological weapons rather than a nuclear device.
As it is, Majidi says, American intelligence picks up hundreds of reports each year of foreign terrorists obtaining WMD. When American forces invaded Afghanistan, they found that al-Qaida was working on what Majidi calls a “nascent” weapons of mass destruction effort involving chemical and biological weapons. In every other case so far, the reports of foreign terrorists obtaining WMD have turned out to be unfounded. However, Majidi’s directorate within the FBI investigates more than a dozen cases in the U.S. each year where there was intent to use WMD. For example, in 2008, the FBI arrested Roger Bergendorff, who was found to have ricin and anarchist literature. Ricin kills cells by inhibiting protein synthesis. Within several days, the liver, spleen, and kidneys of a person who inhales or ingests ricin stop working, resulting in death.
OCT 18, 2011 Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks: Protecting Against Biological Threats FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) number one priority is to protect the United States from terrorist attacks. Within that priority, the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is the FBI’s most pressing concern. WMD terrorism and proliferation are evolving threats to United States national security. The Director of National Intelligence has assessed that dozens of identified domestic and international terrorists and terrorist groups have expressed their intent to obtain and use WMD in future acts of terrorism. Indicators of this increasing threat include repeated ambitions and actions of terrorists and criminals to acquire materials and knowledge related to WMD. The challenge presented by these threats is compounded by the large volume of hoax threats that distracts and diverts significant resources from law enforcement agencies.
FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate
The FBI is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for investigation of WMD threats. In particular, the FBI has authorities relating to the investigation, prevention, and response regarding individuals that attempt to obtain or use WMD materials, technology, and expertise. In the past, several FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) divisions provided oversight and coordination on WMD matters. In 2004 the 9/11 Commission recommended that FBI create a new specialized and integrated national security branch to include agents, analysts, linguists, and surveillance specialists to cover the counterterrorism and counterintelligence missions. The WMD Commission Report, generated in response to the anthrax mailings, echoed this recommendation and the FBI responded by creating the National Security Branch (NSB). In 2005, the FBI Director assigned the newly formed NSB to design an operational element to meet the WMD threat. The Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMD Directorate; WMDD) was created in July 2006, consolidating WMD investigation and prevention efforts to create a unique combination of law enforcement authorities, intelligence analysis capabilities, and technical subject matter expertise focused on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive matters. Over the last five years, WMDD has developed and refined capabilities in the areas of investigations, operations, countermeasures, intelligence analysis, training, and oversight of the WMD coordinators (FBI special agents that manage WMD-related matters in each of the FBI’s 56 field offices). Additionally, the WMDD maintains detailees at the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the Republic of Georgia, and Singapore for international coordination.
MAY 11, 2017 Dr. Vahid Majidi, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Dr. Vahid Majidi became the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters in December 2013. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of nuclear weapon surety and the management, integration, and coordination of activities relating to the acquisition and modernization of the nuclear weapons stockpile. His office approves procedures and requirements relating to all facets of the nuclear weapons logistics and establishes procedures for review, approval, and transmittal to the Department of Energy on nuclear weapons matters.
Just prior to joining the Department of Defense, Dr. Majidi served as the Chief Scientist for TASC Inc., and was the Director of University Multispectral Laboratories. His work focused on national security, homeland security, and issues concerning advanced technologies.
From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Majidi served as the Assistant Director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His Directorate was responsible for coordinating and managing FBI’s equities, activities, and investigations involving WMD. Specifically, the Directorate was charged with developing and executing an integrated approach to deny access to WMD materials and technologies, prevent WMD attacks, and respond to WMD threats and incidents.
Dr. Majidi was appointed by the Deputy Attorney General to serve as the Chief Science Advisor to the Department of Justice. Dr. Majidi was detailed from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to the Department of Justice, and he was responsible for coordinating science and technology policy among the Department’s component agencies and with state and local law enforcement entities. He served as the lead Department representative for biosecurity, pathogen forensics, DNA technologies, biometrics programs, and as the liaison to the scientific community.
Dr. Majidi also served as the Chemistry Division Leader at LANL before he began his assignment with Department of Justice. The Chemistry Division at LANL is a premier scientific organization with extensive research capabilities essential to national security and civilian research programs. Chemistry Division’s strategic programs included nuclear weapons-related research, non/counter-proliferation, homeland security, isotope science, applied energy, and nanoscale science & engineering.
Dr. Majidi was a tenured associate professor of chemistry at the University of Kentucky. His research activities were focused on measurement science and technology.
SEP 7, 2006 Zalmai Azmi | From New York City to Afghanistan to the FBI GCN
The terrorist attacks in 2001 put many federal CIOs into the role of managing new systems developed for homeland security and law enforcement. Zalmai Azmi, now CIO of the FBI, is one of them. But soon after the New York and Washington attacks, he was inserted into Afghanistan as a member of a special operations unit reporting to the intelligence community’s National Counterterrorism Center. Azmi was CIO of the Justice Department’s Executive Office of the U.S. Attorneys on the day of the attacks. He was in his office at 600 E St. N.W. in Washington at the time. The Justice Department agency launched its continuity-of-operations plan within hours, he said in a recent interview in his office at FBI headquarters.
APR 10, 2008 FBI Purchases Wireless Devices GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY
Verizon Wireless yesterday announced the deployment of 19,500 internationally enabled BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphones to more than 56 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offices worldwide. The devices are part of the agency’s Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) Mobility Program and provide FBI agents with mobile access to federal law enforcement information that was previously inaccessible from handheld wireless devices.
“The FBI works hard to provide our agents and professional staff with the technology needed to perform their job anywhere in the world,” said FBI Chief Information Officer Zalmai Azmi. “These devices allow FBI employees access not only to the Internet, e-mail calendar and taskings, but also to applications critical to our mission such as the no-fly list, missing and kidnapped persons, crime alerts, etc.”
Verizon Wireless also conducted in-person training with agents, transferred phone book contacts directly to the new devices, and provided complete equipment set up that included fully-charged batteries, SIM card activation, and unit assembly to ensure a smooth transition from the FBI’s previous wireless devices to the new smartphones. All deployed devices feature asset tagging and tracking capability, ensuring that lost or stolen devices are easily recovered and the information on those devices remains secure. In addition, each field office can access account information online to manage and maintain the devices quickly and easily.
APR 11, 2008 Verizon Supplies & Tracks FBI’s Int’l BlackBerry 8830 World Phones WIRELESS AND MOBILE NEWS
Verizon Wireless announced the deployment of 19,500 internationally enabled BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphones to more than 56 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) offices worldwide. The devices are part of the agency’s Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) Mobility Program and provide FBI agents with mobile access to federal law enforcement information that was previously inaccessible from handheld wireless devices.
Verizon Wireless also conducted in-person training with agents, transferred phone book contacts directly to the new devices, and provided complete equipment set up that included fully-charged batteries, SIM card activation, and unit assembly to ensure a smooth transition from the FBI’s previous wireless devices to the new BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphones. All deployed devices feature asset tagging and tracking capability, ensuring that lost or stolen devices are easily recovered and the information on those devices remains secure. In addition, each field office can access account information online to manage and maintain the devices quickly and easily.
“The FBI works hard to provide our agents and professional staff with the technology needed to perform their job anywhere in the world,” said FBI Chief Information Officer Zalmai Azmi. “These devices allow FBI employee’s access not only to the internet, e-mail calendar and taskings, but also to applications critical to our mission such as the no-fly list, missing and kidnapped persons, crime alerts, etc.”
SEP 24, 2008 FBI’s chief information officer resigns CNET
WASHINGTON–The FBI’s chief information officer announced his resignation Wednesday, nearly five years after inheriting an information technology program fraught with disaster and dramatically turning it around. “In 2004, everyone was asking when the FBI would join the 21st century,” said CIO Zalmai Azmi. “Today I can tell you that we are in the 21st century and continue to move forward.”
When Azmi joined the FBI as the acting CIO, the bureau was scheduled to roll out Virtual Case File, a software program meant to replace its archaic, paper-based criminal tracking system. Instead, the system was scrapped–and Azmi got to break the news to FBI Director Robert Mueller that the $170 million system, designed by Science Applications International, was unsalvageable.
Officially named the CIO in 2004, Azmi has since been working to build the bureau’s IT branch and build confidence both within the agency and on Capitol Hill, where he meets with lawmakers twice a week. The biggest challenge for his successor, Azmi said, “will be maintaining those relationships. More than anything, it’s about the transparency we’ve brought.” Azmi’s last official day will be October 17, and he said his successor will likely be named a few weeks after that. From a large pool of applicants from the public and private sectors, the bureau has narrowed its choices to candidates from the private sector.
The FBI’s IT branch currently has 54 IT projects in development and plans to complete 20 by the end of the calendar year. It’s already deployed the first phase of Sentinel, the program developed to replace VCF, and the rest of the project is on schedule and on budget, Azmi said. Sentinel is expected to be completed and fully deployed by 2012.
The FBI has been slow with providing its employees with desktop Internet access, since its closed network infrastructure was its first priority, but now more than 20,000 BlackBerrys have been deployed to its agents, analysts, and task force officers.
OCT 20, 2010 Zalmai Azmi of CACI: ‘Our Security of Wireless Technology is Going to be Critical’ EXECUTIVE BIZ
Zalmai Azmi arrived in the United States in 1982 as a first-generation refugee from Afghanistan. Two years later, he joined the Marine Corps and served for seven years as a communication and intelligence specialist. After his service with the Marines, he decided to pursue an academic career. While working at the Patent and Trade Office, he was able to complete his undergraduate and graduate degrees. “I was almost 30 years old when I went to college,” Azmi said. “The seven years that I was with the Patent and Trade Office, I got my associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. They helped me tremendously.” Azmi also held several other government positions, including at the Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice. He was the CIO for the United States Attorney’s Office from 2000 to 2004, then joined the FBI and became the agency’s CIO until the end of 2008. Before leaving the government, he interviewed with a number of different companies, eventually ending up at CACI, which he considers “a perfect fit.”
AUG 1, 2015 IMTAS Appoints Zalmai Azmi as President and Chief Operating Officer IMTAS
Former FBI Chief Information Officer Led Bureau’s IT Modernization Program (2003-2008) and the Establishment of CACI’s Cyber Program (2008-2013)
Crystal City, Va., August 01, 2015 – IMTAS® announced today that it has appointed Zalmai Azmi, former Chief Information Officer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as the President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Azmi joins IMTAS after leading a very successful career in the Government and private sector. In his new role, Mr. Azmi will leverage his unique federal IT, national security, and cybersecurity expertise to support and oversee the company’s growth.
Prior to this Mr. Azmi was the Senior Vice President for Global Strategic Law Enforcement and National Security Programs. He led the evaluation of CACI’s cyber capabilities and established the CACI’s Cyber Division in 2009. Over the next four years Mr. Azmi grew the business through organic and acquisition activities and provided assistance in the identification of acquisition candidates and initiatives to support the company’s growth.
In 2004 Mr. Azmi was named FBI’s Chief Information Officer where he guided the Bureau through its largest-ever technology upgrade. This included the development of SENTINEL, the next generation of the FBI’s information and case management system, and the creation of a knowledge base and assets that enable the FBI to participate fully in information-sharing programs within the intelligence and law enforcement communities, as well as to acquire and adopt commercial best practices.
Prior to the FBI, Mr. Azmi served as Chief Information Officer for the Executive Office for the United States Attorneys. Here, Mr. Azmi developed and implemented a long-term strategic technology plan and created the organization’s first information systems security office. Before this Mr. Azmi was the Project manager for Patent and Trademark Office’s three largest IT projects. Mr. Azmi also served in the United States Marine Corps.
Mr. Azmi is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive Award, the President G.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Excellence in Applied Science and Technology, Two Bronze Medals from the Department of Commerce, and numerous military medals and Commendations.
“I am pleased and excited to join IMTAS” Mr. Azmi said. “IMTAS has an outstanding reputation and is an exceptional provider of high-quality services and solutions for our federal clients and customer. I look forward to contributing to the growth of IMTAS’ capabilities and continuing to support our customers.”
IMTAS Chairman of the Board and CEO Ajay Bhatia said, “We are proud to have Mr. Azmi on our team. He has exceptional experience in law enforcement, security, and intelligence and has an excellent background and senior level expertise in government and private sector. His appointment is a key element in IMTAS’ corporate commitment to helping our clients, employees and partners.”
Kerry E. Haynes
JUN 5, 2013 Verizon Security Chief Michael Mason worked at FBI POLITISITE
So let me get this straight. Michael A. Mason was executive assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was hired by Verizon Communications as their chief security officer.
Next we find out through a top secret document that the National Security Agency is collecting telephone records of millions of Verizon Communications customers.
Anyone think this FBI chief is on an Op that includes releasing private phone information to the NSA? Mason was on the Short list to head the FBI and just happens to be from Chicago, Illl. You can’t make this up!
JUN 7, 2013 Verizon security chief used to be high level official at FBI DAILY CALLER
The current chief of security of Verizon, a company embroiled in controversy over the recent revelation of a secret government domestic spy program, is a former high level official in the FBI.
Michael Mason, Verizon’s chief security officer, began working with the company in 2008. When he left the bureau, he was in charge of the bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.
The branch — whose responsibilities range from investigating financial crime to “computer-based criminal threats against the U.S.” — was described in his hiring announcement in 2007 as the “largest” in the FBI.
DEC 9, 2008 FBI taps former Lehman Brothers IT exec to be its CIO COMPUTER WORLD
Chad Fulgham, a former technology executive at the now-defunct investment firm Lehman Brothers, has been hired by the FBI to fill its CIO position.
In an announcement on Monday, the agency said Fulgham had extensive information security experience — one of several IT priorities that FBI Director Robert Mueller cited in a statement. The agency’s other priorities included giving end users the ability to quickly retrieve and share data and collaborate remotely. Mueller added that Fulgham’s experience at multinational corporations is a good fit for the agency’s IT needs.
Fulgham graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and spent five years working in IT jobs for the Navy. He then handled IT security and risk management functions at IBM, JPMorgan Chase and Arthur Andersen prior to becoming a senior vice president and head of the IT division at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. four years ago. Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection in September and began selling off its assets, making it one of the highest-profile casualties of the economic downturn and Wall Street’s collapse.
At the FBI, Fulgham will take the IT reins from Zalmai Azmi, who resigned in September and left the agency on Oct. 17 after serving as its CIO since 2004. The new CIO will take charge of an IT organization that is in the midst of a significant overhaul of its technology infrastructure and processes, triggered largely by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Over the past few years, the agency has been equipping its agents with new technologies and more-sophisticated tools for use in tracking down terrorists and other criminals.
For instance, the FBI said in its announcement of Azmi’s resignation that the agency has distributed more than 20,000 BlackBerry devices to field agents as part of an effort to provide them with mobile access to criminal rap sheets and vehicle records. It also re-engineered, streamlined or automated more than 200 internal work processes under Azmi’s watch.
In addition, the FBI has tied together much of its old case data into a single database called the Investigative Data Warehouse. And new tools have been implemented to give agents centralized access to information across dozens of previously compartmentalized databases and networks, such as the Department of Defense’s classified Secret IP Router Network.