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Monday, February 7th, 2011

C. Frank Figliuzzi was named assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division on Monday.

The special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division from 2006 to 2010, Figliuzzi has served as deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division since last November. He began his career with the FBI in 1987 in Atlanta, where he was assigned to the Atlanta Division and focused on terrorism and foreign counterintelligence investigations.

C. Frank Figliuzzi

In 1992, he was assigned to the National Security Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he worked on economic espionage. Three years later, he continued to work economic espionage cases out of the bureau’s San Francisco Division near Silicon Valley.  He served for about a year beginning in 1998 as head of the FBI’s internal discipline unit, the Office of Professional Responsibility, before moving on to Miami to tackle public corruption and white-collar fraud.

Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, he led the new South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force and was the on-scene commander following the nation’s first anthrax murder in Boca Raton, Fla.

In a news release, FBI Director Robert Mueller called Figliuzzi a “seasoned investigator and an experienced manager.”

Figliuzzi has a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Paul Philip, the former head of the FBI’s Miami field office who led the bureau’s investigation of the infamous serial killer Andrew Cunanan, has been hired as a special adviser to the Miami police, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

City Manager Tony Crapp Jr. brought in Philip to study the shortcomings of the department, which has suffered from morale problems and whose treatment of members of minority groups has been criticized. It remains unclear as to how long he will work as special adviser on public safety. Miguel Exposito will remain Miami police chief until Philip submits a report evaluating his findings. He is to work about 20 hours a week at $33.50 an hour.

“I needed someone with law enforcement expertise that I know will be objective,” Crapp told the Herald. Philip will assess seven areas in the department from morale to promotions in the ranks and will give Crapp weekly updates.

Philip, now a partner at the security and consulting company Gaffney, Gallagher and Philip, headed Operation Greenpalm, a sting operation involving public corruption in Miami-Dade County. Philip also worked on the case of Cunahan, who murdered five people including famed fashion designer Gianni Versace.

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Monday, January 10th, 2011

Frank Montoya Jr. was named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Honolulu division, the bureau has announced.

The former section chief in the Counterintelligence Division began his career in the San Antonio Field Office as special agent in May 1991, specializing in violent crime and fugitive investigations. From there, he went to work in the San Juan, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee and San Francisco field offices, overseeing various cases involving drugs, violent crime, national security and counterintelligence.

Montoya also worked  in the bureau’s headquarters, assisting in the case of former FBI special agent Robert Hanssen, who spied for Moscow for many years, during the cold war and afterward, in an episode that deeply embarrassed the FBI.

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Edward Preciado-Nuno

A retired FBI agent was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter on Tuesday for using a hammer to beat his son’s girlfriend to death, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

Edward Presciado-Nuno, whose trial began last week, had worked at the FBI bureau in San Diego until 2003,when he resigned.

On Nov. 13, 2008, Presciado-Nuno allegedly went to the Las Vegas home shared by his son Jeffrey Preciado-Nuno, his son’s girlfriend, Kimberly Long, and their infant son at the request of Presciado-Nuno’s son. The defendant allegedly asked his son to leave the house while he talked with Long about her moving out due to the turbulent relationship between her and the younger Presciado-Nuno.

Presciado-Nuno claimed that Long attacked him with a hammer for trying to take legal means to get her to leave the house. As a result, he said, he used another hammer against her in self-defense, the Sun reported.

Presciado-Nuno had pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder with a deadly weapon.

The case is being handled by Clark County prosecutor Giancarlo Pesci.

Preciado-Nuno is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 23, 2011. He faces up to 10 years in prison, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. However, District Judge Donald Mosley has the option of sentencing him to probation.

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Friday, December 17th, 2010

A former FBI agent pleaded guilty on Wednesday to plotting to kill his boss, the Dallas Morning News reported.

In May, Carlos Ortiz Jr., 49,was suspended without pay by Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Casey Jr. after Ortiz’s wife, an analyst in the Dallas FBI office, accused him of domestic violence. Ortiz filed for divorce in 2009 after eight years of marriage.

On Aug. 19 and 20, Ortiz made several phone calls to a former law enforcement officer and licensed firearms dealer, the newspaper reported. During those cases he made threats against his wife and Casey. He also said he was looking for a .50-caliber rifle.

The former officer notified the FBI, which had him record later calls. During those calls, Ortiz threatened to kill his wife and Casey and accused them of an “illicit relationship,” which FBI officials have denied.

On Aug. 25, Casey fired Ortiz and had agents take him into custody. Ortiz, who is scheduled to be sentenced March 18, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on a charge of retaliating against a federal official. 

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Edward Preciado-Nuno

Monday marked the beginning of the murder trial of a retired FBI agent who is charged with using a hammer to beat his son’s girlfriend to death, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

Edward Presciado-Nuno, 63, had worked at the FBI bureau in San Diego until 2003 when he resigned, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

On Nov. 13, 2008, Presciado-Nuno allegedly went to the Las Vegas home shared by his son Jeffrey Preciado-Nuno, his son’s girlfriend Kimberly Long and their infant son at the request of Presciado-Nuno’s son. Presciado-Nuno allegedly asked his son to leave the house while he talked with Long about her moving out due to the turbulent relationship between Presciado-Nuno’s son and Long.

Presciado-Nuno claims Long attacked him with a hammer for trying to take legal means to get her to leave the house. As a result, he used another hammer against her in self-defense, the Sun reported.

Presciado-Nuno has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder with a deadly weapon.

The case is being handled by Clark County prosecutor Giancarlo Pesci.

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Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The FBI plans to equip its agent with debit cards to pay expenses, like informant payments, and is exploring how to automate requests for telephone records and use voice recognition software so that agents can dictate their interview notes, according to FBI officials.

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The changes are an effort to increase the efficiency and productivity of FBI agents as part of a strategic planning initiative by FBI Director Robert Mueller intended to help modernize how the bureau manages its resources.

“We’ve been looking at what takes people away from their investigative work,” David Schlendorf, acting Assistant Director of the FBI’s Resource Planning Office, said in an interview. “A lot of that is administrative work. We’ve been asking: What we can do to eliminate that? How can we make this more efficient?”

In discussions with agents in the field, FBI planners found that the procedure used to pay sources was slow and cumbersome. Under the system, once a source payment was approved, agents would obtain a paper check that they would cash at a bank in order pay sources. The FBI hopes to soon be able to instantly transfer money to the a debit card in the agent’s name, which they could use at a bank or ATM.

The bureau is also working with a software provider to license voice-to-text software so agents can dictate their notes after interviewing sources. The software can improve itself as it learns each agent’s voice.

“Many people can dictate faster than they can type, so we think that’s a great opportunity,” Schlendorf said.

The FBI is also working to streamline the process of acquiring and serving administrative subpoenas on telephone companies and internet service providers. The FBI said the plan would minimize the administrative burden on our agents and help prevent inadvertent over-disclosure by providers.

The FBI said the technology would maintain controls to prevent abuses, though any changes would likely face critical scrutiny by civil liberties groups. “We have to make sure we only get what’s appropriate,” Schlendorf said.

Other changes are also in the works. The FBI is developing a new system for placing agents in specialized career paths, in areas like counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cybercrime. Schlendorf described the new structure as having some features in common with the military’s career development system. He said plans envision that agents would periodic breaks during their careers to obtain specialized training.

The efficiency measures are a result of Mueller’s attempts to improve how resources are managed within the bureau. Cutting down on administrative burdens is one of the initiatives on the director’s list, which usually contains about 10 to 12 items each year.

A recent audit of the FBI by the Justice Department’s Inspector General found that overall it was doing a good job of managing personnel resources.

Strategic Map More Than A Paperweight, Says FBI

Several years ago, the FBI began using a color-coded strategy map to track the bureau’s progress in meeting its broader goals. The map replaced the typical narrative strategic plan, the type of document often often dismissed by rank and file government employees as little more than office coffee table décor. The strategy map, said Schlendorf, “is a living [document] and it has to evolve as threats evolve, as risks evolve, and as what is asked of us by DOJ, the White House or [Director of National Intelligence] evolves.”

Recently, bureau officials decided they will also issue a narrative strategic plan, in addition to the map, to educate employees and the public about its mission and goals, said Schlendorf, who joined the FBI in 2003 and was named head of the FBI’s resource planning office in May.

“We’ve decided, though, that we do need something as part of our communication effort with our employees, but also with the American public, that does put together…. what is the FBI’s strategy to combat terrorism, foreign intelligence threats, criminal efforts, etc.,” Schlendorf said.

He expects the plan, which the office is working on this year, to be about 30 to 50 pages. There is not a legal requirement that the FBI have a strategic plan. A previous, narrative-style plan began in fiscal year 2004 and ended in fiscal 2009.

In addition, Schlendorf said that the FBI was also trying to use its strategic planning to be able to adapt more quickly to changing priorities.

“We wanted to go from a world where the budget drove the strategy, and the budget process basically told you what you were going to focus on because what you got money for is what you did, to reverse that so that strategy drives the budget we put together, whether it’s for future year requests or through the current year budget we’re executing against,” Schlendorf said.

The FBI’s strategic framework map is reprinted below.

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

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The FBI has opened an investigation to address potential cybersecurity threats after basic information about thousands of Apple iPad users was exposed, a bureau spokeswoman told Main Justice.

At least one Justice Department employee was among the more than 114,000 iPad users who had their information exposed. Gawker reported the list included “staffers in the Senate, House of Representatives, Department of Justice, NASA, Department of Homeland Security, FAA, FCC, and National Institute of Health, among others.” A screenshot posted on Gawker’s website also showed a blacked out e-mail address that ended in “@usdoj.gov.”

Two of the Justice Department’s most prominent iPad users are Attorney General Eric Holder and National Security adviser Amy Jeffress, according to Politico. Lawyers said the device is popular within the Justice Department because, in addition to its wide range of applications and features, it can display PDF files.

But the FBI investigation is broad and not specific to the potential security threat from the use of the device by federal employees. The FBI has not issued a warning to employees regarding their use of the device, the spokeswoman said.

The information exposed included e-mail addresses and an ID used to authenticate the subscriber on AT&T’s network, called the ICC-ID, according to Gawker. Most security experts told Gawker there were limited security ramifications to the exposure of the ICC-ID data.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on the iPad security breach.

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building (photo by Ryan J. Reilly / Main Justice).

The Washington Post reported Sunday that the FBI considered relocating its Washington D. C.-headquarters to a site in Greenbelt, Md.

Bureau officials have said for years that they wanted some day to relocate from the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover Building, but the Post report was the first to detail specific efforts by the FBI to look for an alternative to its Pennsylvania Avenue property.

The proposal surfaced in court documents in a lawsuit filed by a Maryland real estate developer against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The development company, Greenbelt Ventures, described meetings between FBI and WMATA officials about a possible relocation.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters (FBI)

FBI spokesman Bill Carter told the Post the agency considered moving its headquarters before the economic downturn hit. Carter said the FBI looked at multiple sites, but plans have stalled since the downturn. Carter did not confirm that Greenbelt was one of the possibilities.

The FBI’s headquarters occupies a large block of prime real estate in the District of Columbia’s downtown at the edge of a bustling tourism and restaurant area. Bureau officials have talked in general terms about financing the project in part by selling off the headquarters’ real estate.

Top FBI managers, including Director Robert Mueller, occupy spacious offices on the seventh floor of the headquarters building. Their quarters face across the street to the Justice Department’s main office, which at one time housed the FBI.

Bureau officials have looked enviously at the CIA’s wooded campus, across the Potomac River in nearby McLean, Va.,  particularly in years since the Sept. 11 attacks, when an out of town location seemed to offer increased security along with greater privacy and space to grow, as the bureau expands in staff and budget. Officials also worry about the exposure of the building to potential attacks.

The FBI building was planned in the twilight of the Hoover era, but was never finished to the architect’s ambitious specifications. For example, the concrete structure was to be sheathed in stone, but Congress balked at appropriating funds for such amenities after the post-Watergate revelations of FBI abuses.

As a result, the water damaged concrete face of the building is deteriorating rapidly. It is now widely regarded as one of the less appealing buildings that line Pennsylvania Avenue, one of the country’s most celebrated streets, on which incoming presidents parade after being sworn in on Inauguration Day.

The interior of the FBI building is also run down, and extensive remodeling has created blind corridors and closed off sections that have been in place for years.  The once-popular FBI visitors’ tour has long been shut down, and the fingerprint identification units have moved out. The forensic laboratory was transferred several years ago to the bureau’s Quantico campus, but some have worried about lingering environmental hazards.

Large interior spaces at FBI headquarters have been gutted over the years to accommodate the bureau’s changing role. For example, bureau officials carried out extensive renovations in the 1990s to make room for the rapidly expanding Strategic Information Operations Center, which coordinates the FBI’s global intelligence and investigative efforts.

Read the Washington Post’s full story from Sunday here.

Additional reporting by David Johnston.

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Monday, May 3rd, 2010

The government to has declined to appeal in case where the FBI was found responsible for framing four men in a murder, the Boston Globe reported.

In 2007, U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner found the FBI “responsible for the framing of four innocent men’’ in the 1965 murder of Edward “Teddy’’ Deegan in a Boston-area alley. Gertner also determined that the FBI deliberately withheld evidence of the men’s innocence and helped conceal the injustice for decades. The four men were awarded a damage judgment that totals $101.7 million, according to one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

Two of the four men — Louis Greco and Henry Tameleo - died in prison decades after they were convicted. In 2001, a state judge overturned the murder convictions of Peter J. Limone and Joseph Salvati. The convictions of Tameleo and Greco were set aside posthumously. Limone was immediately released from prison; Salvati had been paroled in 1997.

Salvati spent more than 29 years in prison as a result of his wrongful conviction. Gertner in 2007 ruled that Salvati was entitled to $31 million. He also will receive more than $2 million in interest that accumulated since then. Limone and the families of Greco and Tameleo will also receive part of the damages.

In August 2009, the Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit upheld Gertner’s verdict; however the appellate judges said the $101.7 million award was “at the outer edge of the universe of permissible awards.’’ The government had until April 30 to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

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