Press Release

For Immediate Release
March 11, 2002

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, today announced the appointment of the following individuals to key positions for the Information Technology projects at the FBI:

Sherry Higgins, Trilogy Systems Advisor, Information Resources Division: Ms. Higgins joined AT&T in 1971 and was assigned to Lucent Technologies after AT&T and Lucent split in 1996. Ms. Higgins has held several positions with both AT&T and Lucent during her career. Most recently she has been an instructor of Project Management with the International Institute for Learning and also supported the Technology Command Center of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games. She has been Industry certified as a Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute since 1991 and was recognized as one of six "Top Gun Project Managers" in the world by Computer World Magazine in 1996. Previously, she was the Lucent CIO and CTO Director of Global Program and Project Management.

Kenneth M. Ritchhart, Information Technology Manager, Data Management Officer, Information Resources Division: Mr. Ritchhart brings twenty years of project and information technology management experience, including expertise in database systems and structures to the Bureau. Mr. Ritchhart is well known with the Intelligence Community as a result of his prior government service where he was active in information sharing initiatives. Most recently Mr. Ritchhart served as Program Manager, Joint Intelligence Virtual Architecture, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.

Both of these individuals come to the FBI in support of ongoing projects to rebuild the Bureau's information infrastructure and are in furtherance of a national recruiting effort to bring to the FBI individuals with these levels of experience and expertise.

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