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White House Nominates Andrew Traver to Head Up ATF

Andrew Traver/zerocancer.org photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As expected, the White House gave the nod on Monday to Andrew Traver, a 23-year-veteran of ATF, as the nominee to head the agency.

Traver has headed the ATF Chicago field division since 2004. From 2001 to 2004, he served as an assistant special agent in charge of the San Francisco office and  supervised criminal enforcement offices in the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

From 2000 to 2001, he served as the assistant special agent in charge of the New Orleans division and from 1998 to 2000 he was a criminal investigator in the Office of Inspection at ATF headquarters in Washington.

Before that, from 1993 to 1998, Traver worked as a group supervisor in the Philadelphia. He joined ATF in 1987 and first worked in the Chicago office.

Kenneth Melson, a former federal prosecutor, has been in charge of ATF on an interim basis.

Dennis Baker to Head FBI’s St. Louis Office

Dennis Baker/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Native Oklahoman Dennis L. Baker, special assistant to the FBI deputy director, has been picked to head the St. Louis office.

Baker started his FBI career as a special agent in June 1988 and was first stationed in Charlotte where he worked violent crime and drugs.

In 2002, he was promoted as a supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division, International Terrorism Operations Section at FBI headquarters.

Two years later, he transferred to the Phoenix Division as a field supervisor where he supervised an international terrorism squad that included members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

In 2007, he returned to headquarters as a team leader in the Inspection Division. And the next year, he was promoted as assistant special agent in charge (ASAC) of the Sacramento Division.

FBI’s Janet Kamerman Gets a Bump Up at Headquarters

Janet Kamerman/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Janet L. Kamerman gets a bump up at FBI headquarters from associate executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch to executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch.

“Janet brings a tremendous amount of expertise in human resources and leadership to this position,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement issued Friday. “She will continue to move the Bureau’s programs forward in the areas of human resources, training, and security to achieve our mission.”

Kamerman entered the FBI as a special agent with the FBI in July 1989 and was first assigned to the Houston Division where she worked a variety of crimes including organized crime, drug and international terrorism.

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FBI’s Mark Giuliano Named Assistant Dir. for Counterterrorism at HQ

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –– Mark F. Giuliano becomes the new assistant director for the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters, replacing James W. McJunkin who will take over as head of the bureau’s Washington Field Office.

“Mark’s experience and leadership have prepared him well to lead the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division during these important times,” Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement.

Giuliano, who is the deputy assistant director for Operations Branch II, Counterterrorism Division, at headquarters, oversaw all domestic terrorism operations in the U.S., as well as the National Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Lone Offender Task Force, the Yemen fusion cell, the Pakistan threat group, human intelligence and strategic terrorism operations, communications exploitation and terrorist financing for FBI counterterrorism operations worldwide, the FBI said.

Prior to that, he served as section chief of the Domestic Terrorism and Strategic Operation Section.

Before joining the Counterterrorism Division, he served as assistant special agent in charge of national security for the Atlanta Division.

He also served as the FBI’s on-scene commander in Afghanistan.

He started his career at the Washington Field Office’s Safe Streets and Gang Task Force.

FBI’s James McJunkin to Head Washington Field Office

James McJunkin/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As expected, James McJunkin, assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters, will head up the FBI Washington Field Office.

The office is currently being run by acting head John G. Perren. The vacancy popped up after Shawn Henry, the head of the FBI Washington field office, was named to the number four spot at headquarters. McJunkin is expected to assume the new post next month.

John Perren

McJunkin started out with the FBI in 1987 and worked in the San Antonio, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. field offices, the FBI said.

In 2005, he became an assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office and led the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

In August 2006, Mr. McJunkin became the acting special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office Counterterrorism Division and after a couple more moves, he was named deputy assistant director for Counterterrorism Operations — Branch I in January 2008.

In February, he was named to his current post at headquarters.

Former U.S. Attorneys in Republican Party Victorious in Penn., Wyoming, Arkansas

Patrick Meehan/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former U.S. Attorneys from the Republican party sailed to victory Tuesday in Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Arkansas in an election that appeared to be a resounding referendum on the Obama administration.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, a former U.S. Attorney under George H.W. Bush, won the governorship in Pennsylvania, the website Main Justice and local newspapers reported. He defeated Democrat, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato.

Also in Pennsylvania, former Harrisburg U.S. Attorney Tom Marino, who served under President George W. Bush, won a Congressional seat, defeating Democratic Rep. Chris Carney.

And Patrick Meehan, a former U.S. Attorney under George W. Bush, captured the 7th Congressional seat in Pennsylvania, defeating Democrat Bryan Lentz.

In Arkansas, former interim U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin, who headed up the Little Rock office for a brief span from December 2006 to January 2007, defeated Democratic state Sen. Joyce Elliott for a Congressional seat.

Tom Corbett/ pa. state photo

And in Wyoming, former U.S. Attorney Matt Mead, who served under George W. Bush, won the governor’s race, defeating Democrat Leslie Petersen.

ATF’s Mark Potter Leaving Philly to Become Assistant Director at Headquarters

Mark Potter/atf photo

Mark Potter/atf photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Mark Potter, head of ATF in Philadelphia, is headed to the mothership in Washington in January to become the agency’s assistant director/chief financial officer, Office of Management.

Potter, who has been with ATF for more than 23 years, has headed up the Philly office for the past 7 1/2 years.

At his new post at headquarters Potter will serve as principal assistant to the Director and oversee ATF’s financial management, human resources, asset forfeiture and seized property, procurement, internal controls and facilities and space management.

Potter says the new job isn’t what he envisioned doing when he entered law enforcement to put away bad guys.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Honors 303 Justice Dept. Employees

Holder at a recent press conference/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder recognized a whole lot of Justice Department employees — 303 to be exact — at the 58th Annual Attorney General Awards Ceremony here on Wednesday.

Additionally, 55 others outside the department were honored.

The Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service—the department’s highest award— went to two teams; one involved in the investigation and prosecution of the largest health care fraud settlement ever obtained by the department involving Pfizer Inc., and the team involved in the case of the al Qaeda plot against the New York City subway system.
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