Press Release

For Immediate Release
March 22, 2002

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

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, today announced that William L. Hooton was appointed as Assistant Director, Records Management Division and as the FBI's Records Officer. The Records Management Division was created to "focus much needed attention on the need to ensure that the physical and electronic actions and authorizations are identified, recorded and maintained within the FBI's records systems," Mueller said.

Mr. Hooton, born and raised in Austin, Texas, received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas in 1975. While still in school he joined the IRS and designed one of the very first practical systems utilizing digital images and optical disks in a system that processed 85,000 tax returns a day. In 1983, he moved to the National Archives where he directed a program that tested the feasibility of substituting digital images for physical records and microform. In 1990, he left federal service and worked in the commercial sector in a number of senior executive assignments including President and CEO of Tower Software, a records management software company and Corporate Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation.

Sound records management and document accountability are at the heart of the FBI's ability to support investigations and prosecutions with information integrity. As Assistant Director of the Records Management Division, Mr. Hooton will be charged with modernizing the records system and developing comprehensive, enforceable policies and procedures to ensure records integrity. He will also be responsible for putting in place those quality control mechanisms that will detect anomalies and problems early on.

As Records Officer, Mr. Hooton will also be charged with establishing and maintaining an active, continuing program for the economical and efficient management of the records of the agency. This means establishing continuous and systematic control over the creation, maintenance and use, and disposition of the FBI's records in accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements.



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