Press Release

For Immediate Release
March 7, 2008

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

FBI Recognizes Presidential Rank Award Recipients

In a ceremony today at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III, and Assistant Director John Raucci of the Human Resources Division recognized the recipients of the 2007 Presidential Rank Award. These awards, which are given to a very select group of career civil service employees each year and are conferred by the President of the United States, are divided into two categories: the Distinguished Rank Award, awarded for extraordinary results, and the Meritorious Rank Award, given for sustained accomplishment.

“The FBI is proud to recognize ten employees whose integrity, strength, leadership, and sustained performance have earned them one of the most prestigious honors in government,” said Director Mueller. “Winning the prestigious Presidential Rank Award is an honor not only for these men and women, but for the FBI as a whole, and we are deeply proud of each of them.”

The Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive was awarded to:

  • Joseph L. Ford, Associate Deputy Director
  • Donald Van Duyn, Deputy Assistant Director of the Directorate of Intelligence

The Presidential Meritorious Rank Executive was awarded to:

  • Joseph Billy, Jr., Assistant Director for the Counterterrorism Division
  • Andrew R. Bland, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Houston field office
  • Thomas E. Bush, III, Assistant Director for the Criminal Justice Information Services Division
  • Kimberly J. Del Greco, Section Chief of the Identification and Investigative Services Section, Criminal Justice Information Services Division
  • Ralph G. Diaz, Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio field office
  • Dean E. Hall, Deputy Chief Information Officer
  • Kevin L. Perkins, Assistant Director of the Inspection Division
  • Kathryn McKay Turman, Program Director of the FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance

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Recipients of the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive Award:

Joseph L. Ford recently retired from the FBI after 30 years of distinguished public service. As the FBI’s first Associate Deputy Director, Mr. Ford led the establishment of a new branch to manage FBI personnel, budget, administration and infrastructure as part of a broad internal realignment to better support our organizational priorities. In the past four years, Mr. Ford has held several key positions in the Bureau including Deputy Assistant Director of the Finance Division, Assistant Director of the Finance Division, and Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco field office. He has served across the country in four FBI field offices and FBI Headquarters, including as Inspector in Charge of the Enron Task Force.

Donald Van Duyn currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Directorate of Intelligence. Mr. Van Duynstarted his career with the FBI in 2003, as the Chief of the Counterterrorism Analysis Section. Before joining the FBI, Mr. Van Duyn was an analyst for the CIA and worked as the CIA’s liaison to the FBI. As the first Chief of the Counterterrorism Analysis Section, Mr. Van Duyn shaped the early developments of the FBI’s Intelligence Program—a role he has continued to this day. He defined the role of the Field Intelligence Groups and their function within the broader Intelligence Program. He has also helped to define the Intelligence Analyst career path and to standardize intelligence reporting policies and guidelines across all FBI programs.

Recipients of the Presidential Meritorious Rank Executive Award:

Joseph Billy, Jr. has served in the FBI for over 27 years and is currently the Assistant Director for the Counterterrorism Division. Mr. Billy has served in the New York field office as a field agent; a supervisor in the Foreign Counterintelligence Program; supervisor of an FBI/New York City Police Department Joint Terrorism Task Force, and as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge. In connection with these assignments, Mr. Billy has been credited by both the FBI Director and the United States Attorney General with pioneering several initiatives to help fight against international terrorism. He has also served as On-Scene Commander of FBI forces who were deployed to East Africa during the investigation of the terrorist bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania.

Andrew R. Bland, III is currently the Special Agent in Charge of the Houston field office. Mr. Bland has served in the FBI’s Seattle and Miami field offices, managing a variety of criminal matters. Mr. Bland was promoted to FBI Headquarters, where he assumed responsibilities as an Assistant Inspector within the Inspection Division and later Chief of the Mexican Drug Unit within the Drug Section of the Criminal Investigative Division. Mr. Bland also served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Phoenix FBI field office, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Academy, and Deputy Assistant Director of the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters. In May 2005, Mr. Bland was appointed as the Legal Attaché in Baghdad, Iraq. During his 19-month tenure as the FBI’s senior executive in Iraq, Mr. Bland provided strategic oversight relative to the Bureau’s multi-faceted operations within the Iraqi Theater of Operations, as well as requisite law enforcement expertise to support the prescribed mission of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Thomas E. Bush, III has served since 2005 as the Assistant Director for the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, the FBI’s largest division, with nearly 3,000 employees. He has built and maintained a diverse, well-trained, motivated, and productive workforce. Under Mr. Bush’s leadership, CJIS has improved response times and has set new daily records for systems usage. For example, in March 2007, the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System set a daily record by processing more than 112,000 submissions, using a system originally designed to accept roughly half that number. Under Mr. Bush’s leadership, CJIS has become a worldwide leader in collecting, storing, and sharing biometric information, benefiting not only the FBI, but also our federal, state, local, and international partners. In the past six years, CJIS has developed a foreign fingerprint exchange program to collect biometric and biographical data on known or suspected terrorists. The division has created a Flyaway Program to provide fingerprint identification services at critical incidents, high-security special events, and disaster recovery sites. CJIS deploys staff to combat theaters to collect fingerprints of enemy combatants and to provide rapid fingerprint identification services.

Kimberly J. Del Greco is the Section Chief of the Identification and Investigative Services Section at the CJIS Division. Ms. Del Greco manages the largest section within CJIS, and therefore the largest biometric database in the world. Each day her section, which includes over 900 employees, processes almost 70,000 fingerprints. In the wake of 9/11, Ms. Del Greco has established several innovative programs to help get information to our partners more quickly, including an initiative to integrate the FBI’s fingerprint system with that of the Department of Homeland Security. Her leadership of this huge, complex project, helped deliver the system on schedule and one million dollars under the projected cost.

Ralph G. Diaz is the Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio field office. Mr. Diaz has also served as the Special Agent in Charge of three other field offices, including El Paso, San Antonio, and Minneapolis. Mr. Diaz strengthened all of El Paso’s investigative programs, from counterterrorism to cyber. He has also bolstered the FBI’s relationships with the public and with the law enforcement community. In El Paso, he implemented a U.S./Mexican working group to address the more than 300 missing or murdered women in Juarez, Mexico. Mr. Diaz improved the FBI’s partnership with all members of San Antonio’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. He implemented an Academic Alliance program to build bridges between the FBI and all universities and colleges within the San Antonio Division.

Dean E. Hall is the FBI’s Deputy Chief Information Officer. Mr. Hall has made significant contributions to the FBI’s information technology management, including creating a world-class project management capability within the FBI, and has guided the FBI’s many technological shifts into the 21st century. Mr. Hall also established a project management career ladder and certified over 50 project managers in one year. He established a special system to track the status of every single project. This increased oversight helped keep FBI projects within 90 percent of cost and schedule. Mr. Hall has played a tremendous leadership role in the FBI’s information-sharing initiatives with other members of the law enforcement and intelligence communities. He has shaped the Project Management Career Service so that it keeps pace with the federal government, making the FBI highly competitive for crucial talent in project management.

Kevin L. Perkins has served the FBI for over 21 years and is currently the Assistant Director of the Inspection Division and former Assistant Director of the Finance Division. Mr. Perkins has served as Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore field office, where he led the formation of the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center. This fusion center has served as a model for other states that are building their own fusion centers. He has remained focused on improving the FBI’s business processes, and one of his projects resulted in a projected savings of more than $15 million. Under his leadership, the FBI’s 2006 financial statement audit received an unqualified opinion of “no financial material weaknesses.” This was the best possible result—and a first for the FBI.

Kathryn McKay Turman is the Program Director of the FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance. Ms. Turman built the FBI’s Victim Assistance Program from the ground up, from hiring expert staff, to establishing special programs for interviewing child victims, to providing crisis services to victims of terrorism. She now leads a staff of more than 120 victim-witness specialists and manages a $15 million budget. She is considered a cornerstone of rights and services for crime victims. The Office for Victim Assistance is recognized throughout the world for providing high-quality assistance to victims. Thanks to her tireless devotion to the FBI and her passion for helping countless victims of crime and terrorism, the FBI has one of the most innovative, effective, and meaningful victim assistance programs in the world.

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