- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 6, 2006

A veteran FBI agent who began his career as a support employee in the bureau’s Baltimore field office in 1976 was named yesterday to head the FBI’s counterintelligence division in Washington.

Timothy D. Bereznay, who was serving as acting assistant director of the division, was appointed by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

“Tim Bereznay has over 23 years of experience in espionage and counterintelligence investigations. This unique and valuable experience makes him highly qualified to lead the FBI’s efforts to identify and neutralize national-security threats,” Mr. Mueller said.

The division provides centralized management and oversight for all counterintelligence investigations conducted by the FBI.

The division also ensures that all counterterrorism operations and investigations are coordinated with the director of national intelligence and the U.S. intelligence community and focused on those countries, foreign powers, or entities that pose the most significant threats to the United States.

“Although the impact of terrorism is more immediate and highly visible, espionage and foreign intelligence activity are no less a threat to our national security,” Mr. Mueller said.

“Many countries consider the U.S. to be their primary intelligence target. With America’s economic strength and technological edge, we will continue to be targeted.”

Mr. Bereznay has more than 30 years of service with the FBI. He entered on duty in February 1976 as a support employee in the Baltimore field office, where he remained until he became a special agent in March 1981. His first office as an agent was Kansas City where he was assigned to a white-collar crime squad.

He transferred to New York in September 1983, where he became a counterterrorism specialist. In August 1987, he was promoted to a counterterrorism field supervisor in the New York office and transferred to FBI headquarters in July 1991, where he served as a supervisor and unit chief.

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