Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 16, 2009

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

Thomas J. Harrington Named Executive Assistant Director of FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller announced the appointment of Thomas J. Harrington as Executive Assistant Director for the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. Mr. Harrington replaces J. Stephen Tidwell who is retiring.

“The diversity and strength of TJ’s talents—from the crisis management skills he honed during his time within the Counterterrorism Program to his strong background in financial, economic, drug, and violent crimes—make him uniquely qualified,” said FBI Director Robert S. Mueller. The “Criminal Branch” oversees the FBI’s criminal and cyber programs as well as critical incident response functions and over 60 Legal Attaché Offices in cities around the globe.

Mr. Harrington’s FBI career began in November 1984. He served in the Denver Division and then as a supervisor in the Economic Crimes Unit at FBI Headquarters. Mr. Harrington specialized in investigations of financial fraud, with emphasis on financial institution failures, securities fraud, and major corporate fraud. In 1993, Mr. Harrington was the supervisor of the Economic Crimes Unit in the Philadelphia Division and was later promoted as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for organized crime, drug, and violent crime.

In December 2002, Director Mueller selected Mr. Harrington to serve as a Deputy Assistant Director in the Counterterrorism Division. During that time, he was instrumental in the Bureau’s efforts to expand its Joint Terrorism Task Forces from 35 to over 100. He also played a significant role in the development and implementation of the Investigative Data Warehouse, which contains documents of both FBI and other government agency records that support national security and criminal operations; the Guardian database, which tracks terrorism threat information; and the initial design of E-Guardian, a web-based system to share that threat information with state and local law enforcement partners.

Most recently, Mr. Harrington served as an Associate Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch (NSB). During his time in the NSB, he introduced several important advances in management practices including the FBI’s Strategy Management System that has now been implemented Bureau-wide. For the past 15 months, Mr. Harrington has served as the lead executive in charge of the Strategic Execution Team (SET). As the principal executive responsible for SET, Mr. Harrington coordinated a Bureau-wide effort to assess the FBI’s intelligence capabilities, identify best practices and implement them across all 56 field offices.

As a result of his achievements within the Counterterrorism Program and the NSB, Mr. Harrington was awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in 2007.

Mr. Harrington is a 1978 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland and a 1990 Honors graduate of the American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking. 

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